Our board

Andrew Klein


Andrew is Special Counsel RK Russell Kennedy Lawyers. He has extensive experience in litigation and providing high-level advice to government employers in the areas of workplace relations and employment law, anti-discrimination law (including disability discrimination, sexual harassment and racial discrimination) and Commonwealth workers compensation. Prior to entering private practice, Andrew spent a number of years in executive management and policy roles, and as an in-house lawyer in various parts of the Australian Public Service (APS). Andrew also has an extensive background in advocacy and has successfully represented government employers as an advocate in workplace relations, discrimination and workers compensation proceedings in the AAT, Federal Court and Fair Work Australia.

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Ian Whyte


Ian Whyte is a Chartered Accountant and Financial Adviser with over 35 years experience in Financial Services. He trained with international accounting firms KPMG and Deloitte for 9 years before establishing his own boutique practice – Whyte & Di Placido which he operated until 2004. In 2005 and 2006 Ian was General Manager of Sydney based multi media company - Spinifex Interactive. Ian returned to Canberra in June 2007 and was employed as a Senior Financial Advisor at Walter Turnbull – the ACT's largest independent accounting firm. Currently Ian is a Financial Adviser at Capital Advisory.

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Karina Harris


Karina is an AILA registered Landscape Architect and founding partner at Harris Hobbs Landscapes. An alumni from the University of Canberra, Karina specialises in residential landscape and playground design. Her CV includes lecturing in design at The Canberra Institute of Technology, and is also a past President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects ACT Chapter. Karina's award-winning landscape designs have set the benchmark for residential gardens in the ACT, with many topping the list of house sales in recent years.

Karina might be better known to CCAS members, however, as an avid art collector and supporter of the arts.

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Amanda Biggs

Amanda Biggs is a senior researcher at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library, researching and advising Parliamentarians on health and social policy issues. She graduated from Flinders University with a double major (Honours) in Fine Arts and English, and later completed a Graduate Diploma in Librarianship from UNSW and a Master of Arts from Deakin University. Amanda is a passionate supporter of contemporary arts, a regular attendee at contemporary art events in Canberra and an avid collector. She previously worked as a gallery assistant for the Contemporary Arts Society in Adelaide, before moving to Sydney and working as a freelance cartoonist. She has written numerous papers on health policy for the Parliamentary Library, as well as reviews and articles for the CAS Broadsheet and Words and Visions art magazine.

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Paul Magee

Paul Magee's first book of poems, Cube Root of Book (John Leonard Press: 2006) was shortlisted in the Innovation category of the 2008 Adelaide Festival Awards for literature. His second, Stone Postcard(John Leonard Press: 2014) was named in Australian Book Review as one of the books of the year for 2014. He is also the author of the surrealist ethnography From Here to Tierra del Fuego (University of Illinois Press: 2000). Paul studied in Melbourne, Moscow, San Salvador and Sydney. He is Associate Professor in Poetry at the University of Canberra, and is currently working on Rapid Eye Movements in the U.S.A., a travel book focused on what New York and San Francisco look like with your eyes closed.

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Rachel Bowak

In 1993 Rachel completed a B.A Visual Arts in Gold and Silversmithing and in 2001 an M.A Visual Arts in Sculpture at Canberra School of Art, Australian National University. She has run and participated in blacksmithing workshops from 1992 to 2003 in America, India and Australia, and has worked for Fink&Co and Thylacine exhibition preparation where she has developed product designs and special object mounts. Rachel continues to teach art and design at Canberra Institute of technology and has taught at Canberra School of Art Australian National University and Enmore TAFE in Sydney. Since 1993 she has exhibited her sculpture across Australia and and has work in collections of Australian National Gallery, Canberra Museum and private collections. In recent years Rachel has participated in residencies and desert trips with Kim Mahood and Pamela Lofts. She has won numerous awards, the most recently from the Canberra Critics Circle in 2012 for her solo exhibition Reside.

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Tina Baum

Tina is from the Larrakia/Wadaman/Karajarri people of the Northern Territory and Western Australia with over 20 years experience in museums and art gallery's working collaboratively with communities and artists throughout Australia. Tina is the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia and has worked as a Curator at the Queensland Museum, Brisbane; the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; and the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. Tina curated the Emerging Elders exhibition in 2009, worked on the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Gallery's and on both National Indigenous Art Triennials at the National Gallery of Australia. She has also worked as a mentor to the participants and alumni on the Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Arts Leadership and Fellowship programs in conjunction with the National Gallery of Australia since its inception in 2010.

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Banner: Blue Blooded Marie Hagerty and Almost Illegible Tony Curran 14 October - 3 December 2016 Photograph by Brenton McGeachie