Academic Board

Chair - ex officio
Mr Michael Lynch CBE AM - Interim Director

Michael Lynch was Chief Executive of London’s Southbank Centre from 2002 until 2009 and was responsible for the major renovation of Royal Festival Hall and the transformation of the Southbank cultural precinct. Previously, Michael held positions as Chief Executive of the Sydney Opera House, General Manager of the Australia Council and General Manager of the Sydney Theatre Company. From 2011 to 2015 he was Chief Executive of the West Kowloon Cultural District, an ambitious project which will see a huge arts precinct built on the shores of Hong Kong‘s Victoria Harbour. Michael was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 2001 and in 2008 he was named a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), both for services to the arts.

Member - ex officio, Chair - Academic Standards and Development Committee
Mr Simon Cooper - Head of Studies

Simon Cooper has practiced and exhibited extensively throughout Australia and internationally. His work is held in numerous private and public collections throughout the world including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and the Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, South Korea. He completed his undergraduate studies in Printmaking at Prahran College, Victoria and his post-graduate studies at Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Simon has taught with a range of institutions in Australia including Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne; RMIT University, Melbourne; University of Southern Queensland; and Chisholm Institute, Melbourne. Since joining NAS in 2001 as Head of Printmaking, he has held other academic positions within the school including Acting Director, and is currently Head of Studies.

Senior Academic Staff Nominee
Dr. Michael Hill - Senior Lecturer, Head of Art History & Theory

Dr. Michael Hill lectures on modern, contemporary, and Australian art, as well as conducting specialist electives on subjects such as architecture and 17th century painting. His research interests include Baroque art, portraiture, classical architecture, and art historical methodology. Michael is also a curator and advisor to Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, Cottesloe, and Denmark. He has been Head of Art History & Theory at NAS since 2011.

Senior Academic Staff Nominee
Dr Stephen Little - Head of Painting

Dr Stephen Little is an artist and educator and he has taught progressive, creative higher education courses since the early 1990s. Prior to his current role as Subject Leader for Painting with Australia’s National Art School he has held lecturing posts at a range of other creative arts institutions. These have included Goldsmiths College in London, Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney), the University of Western Sydney (Nepean), the Australian Catholic University and Penrith College of TAFE. Aside from academic posts Stephen has spent many years working in different capacities with a range of galleries in Australia and overseas. These have included, but are not limited to, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), the Alan Cristea Gallery (London), White Cube (London), and the Lisson Gallery (London) where he held the position of Technical Manager for five years. The wealth of accrued experience that he now brings to his current post, in conjunction with his arts practice and his professional associations across a range of educational institutions, has provided him with a valuable and varied set of competencies that draw on theory, practice based research, and first hand experience with some of the art industry’s most reputable galleries and international art organisations.

Academic Staff Nominee
Dr. Ella Dreyfus - Senior Lecturer, Head of Public Programs

Dr. Ella Dreyfus is an Australian contemporary visual artist, senior lecturer in photography and Head of Public Programs at the National Art School, Sydney. She is an award winning artist and well known for her photographic exhibitions and monographs The Body Pregnant, Age and Consent, Transman, Under Twelve, Under Twenty and Scumbag. She won the inaugural Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture in 2005 and was an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholar at the University of NSW, Sydney. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Cite Internationale des Artes, Paris in 2013 and undertook a Visual Arts Research Residency at the Banff Centre, Canada in 2014.

General Staff representative
Ms. Ellen O’Shaughnessy - Governance & Business Operations Manager

Ellen O'Shaughnessy brings extensive expertise in governance, business transformation, project/change management, and Government. She has over eleven years’ experience in business analysis & improvement and policy development with various state government agencies and medium to large companies. Ellen has previously worked with KPMG in Business Development, RailCorp NSW as a Business Analyst, and QLD Transport and Main Roads as Manager of Information Management. As a trade-qualified Jeweller, she also works privately, handcrafting precious jewellery for private clientele.

Sessional Academic Staff representative
Ms. Kim Spooner - Sessional Lecturer, Drawing and Painting

Kim Spooner has an established career as an Exhibiting Artist throughout Australia. She has been Awarded Residencies at Cite Internationale des Arts Paris; Flinders University, S.A. and University Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. Her Work is held in major Collections, including Parliament House Canberra, the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Jewish Museum, Melbourne, Berlin Opera, Berlin and Regional Galleries throughout NSW and VIC, as well as recognised Private Collections in Australia and overseas. Kim is the leading expert in Australia of the Traditional Painting Mediums, Egg Tempera and Encaustic as well as Drawing with Silverpoint.

External – Higher Education Management representative
Ms. Lynne Williams - Director & CEO, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

Lynne Williams was appointed Director/CEO of NIDA in May 2008. Prior to her appointment at NIDA, she held many arts and cultural leadership positions in the UK where she was resident for 21 years. She managed Culture, Ceremonies and Education for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), following her contribution to London 2012’s successful Olympic Bid as a Cultural Advisor/Creative Producer. Her experience in performing arts began in Australia where she studied and worked as a professional singer specialising in contemporary music and music theatre and where she was instrumental in setting up a new Music Theatre Company for the Conservatorium of Music in Wollongong and a new Creative Arts faculty for the University of Wollongong. For five years at the university, she lectured in Education and then Performing Arts.

External – Arts Industry representative
Ms. Alexie Glass-Kantor - Executive Director, Artspace

Alexie Glass-Kantor is the Executive Director of Artspace, Sydney, which supports the commissioning of contemporary art, exhibitions, publishing initiatives, and research residencies for artists and curators. She holds a
Prior to her appointment to Artspace in November 2013, Glass-Kantor was Director, Senior Curator, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, an independent art space that was well regarded for its outreach and curatorial engagement with the Asia-Pacific under her leadership. As curator or co-curator of over one hundred exhibitions and biennials, Glass-Kantor has worked extensively with Australian and International artists across generations and instigated ambitious international exchanges and collaborative projects in Singapore, Malaysia, China, South Korea, Indonesia, New Zealand, Italy, France, UK and USA. Selected highlights include Parallel Collisions: 12th Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia (2012); City Within the City, Art Sonje Centre, Seoul (2011/12); Dying In Spite of the Miraculous, Melbourne Festival (2010); No Name Station, Iberia Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, Warmun Art Centre, WA and Gertrude Contemporary (2010/12); 21:100:100 - one hundred sound works by one hundred artists from the twenty-first century, Melbourne Festival and MONA MOFO (2008/09); and Australian curator for Lucky Number Seven: SITE Santa Fe Seventh International Biennial, SITE Santa Fe New Mexico (2008). Glass-Kantor was previously a Curator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and has held programming positions in state art institutions, museums, independent spaces and festivals. She has authored artist monographs and regularly contributes to catalogues, symposiums and journals internationally. Glass-Kantor is currently the Curator, Encounters, Art Basel | Hong Kong (2015-2017).

In Attendance
Secretary to Academic Board
Mr Ben Griffin - Registrar

Ben has over 13 years of experience of management and quality improvement in the tertiary sector in the United Kingdom and Australia. From his time as Vice President Education & Representation of the Queen Mary, University of London, Student Union he moved on the Learning & Skill Development Agency (LSDA), a national non-governmental quality improvement and research organization for the Further Education sector in the UK. He worked on numerous quality improvement programs culminating in his role as Development Officer on the National Teaching and Learning Change Program at LSDA’s successor organization the Learning and Skills Network (LSN) and as Partnerships Manager for LSN’s bespoke quality improvement, consultancy and training service. Ben completed his Masters of Education (Leadership & Management) at the University of Sydney in 2009 and since 2010 has been the Quality Manager at the National Art School with responsibility for Student Services and the School’s quality and compliance procedures. In 2015 Ben was appointed as Registrar.