Staff & Board
Diana D’Ambra (Chair)
Diana was appointed a director of ADC in 2006 and was appointed Chair in 2015.
Diana is also a non-executive director and Chair of the Australian Shareholders Association, and a non-executive director of Australian Property Institute, The Sydney Community Foundation, and Breakthru Ltd. Diana has more than 25 years’ financial management and corporate finance advisory experience in a global accounting firm and more than 10 years’ non-executive board experience. Diana’s focus is working with inspired people to help them achieve worthwhile change. Her bottom line is doing what works best for internal and external stakeholders.
Shannon Davis is Partner in PwC's Financial Services Assurance (Audit) practice with a distinguished track record of success in the client aspects of professional services. He has experience as a Registered Company Auditor in helping Boards and Senior management resolving complex issues involving accounting, external and internal audit services, risk management and corporate governance. Shannon also works with a number of emerging growth companies who are transforming their business to meet the challenges of a disrupted digital environment and rapidly changing market. Shannon joined the ADC Board in 2017 after spending a year participating in The Observership Program.
Following her four year term as an Independent Councillor on the City of Sydney (2012-2016) chairing the Cultural and Community committee and representing Council on the Public Art and the Design advisory panels, Jenny continues her support of the arts via her non executive director roles. She is a Council member on the Art Gallery of NSW Society and a board member with the Sydney Community Foundation and Trade Winds a not for profit, fair trade organisation. Jenny was the Academic Director of the National Judicial College of Australia for five years and now operates her own consultancy. Jenny joined the ADC Board in 2017.
Director of the Australian Museum from 2004 to 2014, Frank Howarth was President of Museums Galleries Australia from 2013 to 2017. He was founder and co-chair of the national peak body alliance of galleries, libraries, archives, and museums, GLAM Peak, established in 2015. Since leaving the Australian Museum, Frank has pursued interests in philanthropy, cultural leadership, tourism and innovation. Frank Howarth joined the ADC Board in 2017.
Andrew Simpson is the founder and director of Sydney-based design house Vert and has designed a huge range of products over its ten years of operation, from the intimately hand-crafted through to mass-produced industrial products. Andrew’s approach to design is open and honest, with the act of designing, prototyping and making core to his practice. Andrew graduated in Industrial Design from the University of Technology in Sydney in 2005 and his work has appeared in over 20 exhibitions in Australia, Europe, North America and Asia. Andrew teaches design at UNSW Art and Design and speaks regularly about design at events across the world. Andrew Simpson joined the ADC Board in 2016.
Rowena is currently in her dreamjob at Salesforce.com - leading the Design Led Innovation team known as Ignite and a dynamic group of Specialist Solution Engineers who have expertise in Service Cloud, App Cloud & Analytics cloud solution engineers for Salesforce in APAC. She loves facilitating interactive sessions to uncover potential new business value for our customers and their own customers in turn. Prior to this she was Senior Global Director for Design Thinking at SAP – the small team at SAP focused on rolling out Design Thinking to the customer facing teams across SAP all around the world. This involves developing and delivering new enablement materials, measuring the impact of the program but a significant part of her time is also spent facilitating sessions with SAP customers.
Rowena has also worked at a number of start-up companies across Asia Pacific Japan and also in the UK and South Africa. Rowena’s very interested and actively pursuing the world of embedded and wearable technology and how that’s related to the maker movement. Rowena was elected to the Board in 2015.
Lisa Cahill - CEO and Artistic Director
Lisa Cahill has held several senior roles in government and the arts and design sector. Prior to joining the Design Centre as Associate Director in 2015, she was the CEO of the Australian Design Alliance. Her various government roles include ministerial adviser, SBS, the Australia Council for the Arts and the City of Sydney. She was also research manager for the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies. Working variously as a curator, writer and creative producer in the visual and performing arts, Lisa co-curated the Australian exhibition for the Triennale of Craft in Kanazawa, Japan in 2013 and New Weave: Contemporary Approaches to the Traditions of Weaving for Object (now Australian Design Centre) in 2014. Lisa completed a Bachelor of Communications in Professional Writing at the University of Canberra and a Masters of Arts Administration from the University of New South Wales. Currently Lisa is co-chair of the Australian Craft and Design Centre Network and is a member of the Interim Council of the Sydney Culture Network.
FINANCIAL CONTROLLER - Meghan Hay
CREATIVE STRATEGY ASSOCIATE - Penny Craswell
PARTNERSHIPS AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER - Alix Fiveash
PROGRAMS MANAGER - Fiona Pulford
PROGRAMS PRODUCER - Larna Burgess Munro
PROGRAMS COORDINATOR - Lisa O'Hara
PROGRAMS COORDINATOR- Di Reed
PROGRAMS ASSISTANT - Hana Hoogedeure
ADMINISTRATION & EVENT COORDINATOR - Kylie Walsh
AUSTRALIAN FIRST NATIONS CREATIVE PRODUCER / RESEARCHER - Lucy Simpson
DESIGN INTERN - Natalie Borge
Image: L - R: Frank Howarth ADC Board member, Lisa Cahill ADC CEO and Artistic Director, The Hon. Don Harwin, NSW Minister for the Arts, Diana D'Ambra ADC Board Chair and Jenny Green ADC Board member. Opening night Obsessed: Compelled to make 2018. Photo: Nick Kreisler.
Below: ADC Team lunch 2017. Photo courtesy of ADC.