Director & CEO
Steven Alderton has gained 25 years’ experience in the visual arts and education. Previous roles have included Director, Programs, Exhibitions and Cultural Collections at the Australian Museum, Director Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Director Lismore Regional Gallery, Manager Bundaberg Arts Centre, Director Redland Art Gallery, and Curator Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery. Steven has worked closely with many leading Australian visual artists including Ricky Swallow, Margaret Olley, Nicholas Harding, Janet Laurence and Tracey Moffatt.
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.
Chief Operating Officer & Company Secretary
Sue Procter has worked extensively in the not-for-profit arts industry, specialising in financial, strategic and operational management. Prior to joining the National Art School, she ran a successful public accounting practice providing financial controllership and company secretarial support for many Sydney based arts organisations. Past clients include: Sydney Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Belvoir Theatre, Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company, CarriageWorks, Performance Space, Artspace, Performing Lines and Australian theatre for Young People. In addition, she provided high level financial advice to government agencies including Arts NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts and for the past fifteen years, has produced the Australian Major Performing Arts Group’s industry respected trend analysis on private giving in the major performance arts sector. Previous to her establishing her accounting practice she was the Business Analyst for the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council and was also Business Affairs Manager of Film Australia.