Board of Governors
Justin Mannolini | Partner, Gilbert + Tobin (Chair)
Justin is a lawyer, director and former investment banker specialising in mergers and acquisition, equity capital markets and corporate governance. Justin is a partner with national law firm Gilbert + Tobin, based in Perth, and was previously Executive Director with Macquarie Capital, the investment banking division of the Macquarie Group. Prior to Macquarie, Justin was Managing Director at Gresham Advisory Partners and before that, a partner in national law firm Freehills. As a lawyer and banker Justin has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate finance, ranging across industry sectors and product lines. He is an inaugural director of the Commonwealth Government $5bn Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, a member of the Curtin University Law School Advisory Board, and a director of several listed and private companies. Justin was appointed as a member of the Board of Governors of the WA Museum Foundation in November 2011 and assumed the role of Chair in 2013. He is also a member of the Foundation’s Investment Committee.
Hon Julie Bishop MP | Minister for Foreign Affairs; Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party (Deputy Chair)
Julie Bishop is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Australia’s Federal Coalition Government. She is also Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and has served as the Member for Curtin in the House of Representatives since 1998. Julie was sworn in as Australia’s first female Foreign Minister on 18 September 2013 following four years in the role of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. Before entering Parliament, Julie was a commercial litigation lawyer at Perth firm Clayton Utz, becoming a partner in 1985 and managing partner in 1994. In addition to her position on the Western Australian Museum Foundation Board Julie is also a Board Member of His Majesty’s Theatre Foundation.
Dr Marina Hogan | Co-founder, Scoop Digital (Deputy Chair)
Marina co-founded Scoop Publishing in 1997 and co-founded Scoop Digital in 2014 which provides marketing services and hosts WA’s most comprehensive arts, events, travel and lifestyle guides. She teaches part-time in the Department of European Languages, at The University of Western Australia. Marina is Chair of the Subiaco Primary School board and sits on the board of North Metropolitan TAFE where she is a member of the Governance Committee. Marina is also is a member of the Rottnest Island Board. Marina joined the Foundation Board of Governors in December 2012 and she chairs the Foundation’s Recruitment and Remuneration Committee.
Nick Brasington | Member of the PwC Global Assurance Leadership Executive
Nick is a member of the PwC Global Assurance Leadership Executive. He is based in Perth and was the Managing Partner of PwC, Western Australia in 2012 and 2013. Prior to this, he was based in Moscow as the Managing Partner for Assurance in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), and throughout his career he has held a variety of international leadership and senior management roles in Melbourne, London, Lisbon and the CEE. Nick joined the Foundation Board of Governors in May 2013 and is also a member of the SAS Resources Trust Board of Trustees, and the Methodist Ladies College Council.
Mae Cardaci is a qualified solicitor. She has previously worked in Perth, Melbourne and Singapore with Herbert Smith Freehills and specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution in company law, contract and competition and consumer law. Mae was Co-Founder and President of Monash University Students in Free Enterprise, a non-for-profit organisation supporting the growth of economic opportunities in local disadvantaged communities. She has a strong passion for global and international arts and culture being a regular attendee at museums, exhibitions, opera, theatre and fashion throughout Australia and overseas. Mae is currently Chair of the WA Museum Foundation’s Community Fundraising Committee, the Artefact Circle, and Ambassador for the Noongar Shakespeare Project with the Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company. She joined the Foundation Board of Governors in October 2016.
Fred Chaney | Principal, Chaney Architecture
Fred is an architect with wide experience in the commercial and institutional construction sectors. He is Chairman of the UWA-affiliated Australian Urban Design and Research Centre and a former board member of the Green Building Council of Australia. In 1991 he gained a Masters in Architectural History and Theory from the University of Cambridge. He has remained active in architectural education throughout his professional career and since graduating, he has taught at The University of Western Australia, Curtin University, RMIT and the University of Melbourne. He joined the Foundation Board of Governors in September 2013.
Alec Coles OBE | Chief Executive Officer, Western Australian Museum
Alec Coles has been CEO of the Western Australian Museum, the State’s museum with branches in Perth, Fremantle, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie and Albany, since 2010. He was previously Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums in North East England for eight years. Prior to that, he was CEO of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, a wildlife conservation charity also in North East England. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Western Australia, an Executive Member of the Council for Australasian Museum Directors and Chair of ICOM Australia. He is committed to developing and demonstrating the public value of museums. He is currently driving Western Australia’s initiative for a new State Museum and aspires to create a museum that is owned and valued by all West Australians and admired by the world. In 2010, he was awarded an OBE for Services to Museums.
Torsten Ketelsen | Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Western Australia
Torsten Ketelsen is Managing Partner of Ketelsen Enterprise and the Founding Partner and Director of the GMA Garnet Group. The Group operates Garnet mining projects in Western Australia, Montana, USA and South Africa and distributes industrial garnet abrasives worldwide. He was the 2015 Ernst and Young Australian Entrepreneur of the Year (Industry) and 2008 Ernst & Young Australian Entrepreneur of the Year (Technology & New Industries) and recipient of several WA Export Awards. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Australian Institute of Export and served for many years on the boards of the WA Chamber of Commerce, West Australian German Business Association (now Patron), West Australian Neuroscience Research Institute (Campaign Chairman), Society of Australian German Student Exchange(Patron), the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Patron of WASO. Mr Ketelsen joined the Foundation Board of Governors in July 2015.
Tim Lester | Partner, Hogan Lovells
Tim Lester is the joint Managing Partner of the operations of Hogan Lovells in Australia. Hogan Lovells is one of the largest international legal practices. He also leads the firm’s corporate practice in Australia, advising on major transactions across industries for national, regional and global clients – from corporate and financial institutions, to governments and their agencies. Tim has worked with Hogan Lovells in Hong Kong, London and Tokyo and was formerly the Managing Partner of the firm’s Tokyo office. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee, and was formerly a member of the Board of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia Japan Foundation, Chair of The University of Western Australia Business School’s Ambassadorial Council, and a member of the Attorney General’s International Legal Services Advisory Council. Tim joined the Foundation Board of Governors in January 2013.
James McClements | Managing Partner, Resource Capital Funds
James McClements co-founded Resource Capital Funds in 1998. Prior to this, he was a natural resources sector banker for 10 years in Australia and the US; he began his career with BHP Limited. James is an honours graduate in Economics from The University of Western Australia and joined the Foundation’s Board of Governors and Investment Committee in November 2011. He currently chairs the Methodist Ladies College Foundation and is a Patron of the UWA Hackett Foundation.
Ms Rubini Ventouras was appointed a Trustee of the WA Museum in July 2012 and is a member of the WA Museum’s Audit and Finance Committee. Ms Ventouras was previously the Group Executive – Legal Affairs Asia Pacific at Newmont Asia Pacific with operations across Australia and was a member of Newmont Asia Pacific’s Leadership Team. She was a Director of the Newmont Australia group of companies. Prior to joining Newmont, Rubini was a Senior Associate at Freehills which included a role as Foreign Counsel at Indonesian law firm Soemadipradja & Taher. She holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and is admitted to practice law in Western Australia and the High Court of Australia.