Lousje Skala (Chair)
Lousje holds a Masters Degree in Visual Art and a Masters Degree in Fine Art, both from Monash University, and undergraduate qualifications in Art and Design from RMIT University.
Lousje had a 20-year corporate career in marketing, advertising and public relations. She was Director of Marketing Services for De Beers Consolidated Mines in Australia and General Manager, Marketing Services for Angus & Coote Holdings. Previously she held executive positions at J. Walter Thompson and the Victorian Gas & Fuel Corporation.
Today Lousje is a practicing Contemporary Art Jeweller. She exhibits both nationally and internationally. Her works have been acquired by important art institutions and private collectors both locally and abroad. She currently has works on show at the Power House Museum Sydney and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris. In 2013, she was selected by the National Gallery of Victoria to exhibit in Melbourne NOW.
She is represented by, Fehily Contemporary, Collingwood Melbourne.
Lousje also undertakes substantial philanthropic work, predominantly in the arts and medical research. In 2002, she established the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) Foundation and was its Patron for several years. She is a Member of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.
Rob Camm (Secretary, Co-Deputy Chair)
Rob is an experienced management consultant who works with a broad range of clients to help them deliver public value. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma in Business Systems and is a qualified CPA.
Rob has a keen eye and a reputation for achieving exceptional outcomes with limited resources. With a strong background in financial management, Rob ensures each project delivers maximum public value with the available funds and benefits as many people in the community as possible.
Rob has over 25 years experience in the public and private sectors and has performed key roles in the management and evaluation of major procurement activities, including public private partnership arrangements. Rob’s diverse experience includes specialist roles in project management, business analysis, financial modelling, budget formulation and financial management. This broad knowledge base is supported by commercial experience in a broad range of projects across the health, justice, emergency management, utilities and education sectors.
Katrina is an experienced arts communicator and strategist, having established an arts consulting practice within Melbourne-based communications firm MediaLink Productions.
She has advised many of Australia’s leading arts organisations, galleries and collections, including the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne; Tarrawarra Museum of Art; State Library of Victoria; Koorie Heritage Trust; City of Melbourne Public Art; Victorian College of the Arts & Melbourne Conservatorium of Music; Basil Sellers Art Prize; the Lorne Sculpture Prize; Save Super Art Campaign; Deutscher + Hackett Fine Art; William Mora Gallery; Karen Woodbury Gallery; Pat Corrigan and Tom Lowenstein with MacMillan Art Publishing.
With a broad involvement across the visual arts, Katrina has a particular interest in craft, jewellery and wearable art.
Katrina has a BA Fine Arts (Gold & Silversmithing), RMIT; and Bachelor of Applied Science.
Clive Scott is the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins General Manager. Clive has worked in the hotel industry for more than 35 years, starting his 5 star hotel career at the Hilton on the Park in Melbourne while studying at Melbourne University. He has a Diploma in Hotel Management and a Degree in Economics and worked for the Hilton Hotels and AccorHotels for 21 years.
Clive spent time as the General Manager, Human Resources, for the Accor hotels having managed the Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Novotel and Hotel Ibis, Sydney Olympic Park, Western Sydney Hotels Accor, and the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. In 2005, Clive returned to his home town, Melbourne, and has now been at the Sofitel for 11 years. Clive is actively involved in the business and arts community and is the Chairman of the Goerges Mora Fellowship and Board Member of the Melbourne Prize Foundation and Oceania Foundation.
Frances Wheelahan (Co-Deputy Chair)
Fran is a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth lawyers. Fran has over 15 years experience acting for her clients on a broad range of intellectual property and technology matters. She also has had significant in-house experience, having undertaken secondments to Fosters, Coles, ANZ and the CSIRO.
Fran has acted for clients across a range of different industries, including major news media, entertainment and consumer products suppliers. Fran has also provided her services as a volunteer lawyer to the Arts Law Centre of Australia and for almost ten years to the St Kilda Community Legal Service. Fran is a regular presenter on current intellectual property topics and is a guest lecturer in the Construction Law Masters Course at the University of Melbourne. Fran has a keen interest in arts and culture in Victoria and around Australia and, earlier in life, was a reasonably competent cellist!
Marita Madden is an international retail consultant with thirty-six years’ experience in all areas of the retail environment. A leader in her field, she has cultivated a formidable worldwide network across all sectors of the industry, and is a specialist in the provision of services to the cultural, tourism and sporting industries.
Marita has worked with a range of distinguished cultural institutions throughout her career and established Marita Madden Merchandise, a New York City based bespoke giftware company that specialized in high-end, Australian made, design, wood, glass, textiles and jewellery products for the American market. As head of retail operations at Museum Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne and Sunday Market, and National Gallery of Victoria, Marita was involved in the development of commercial projects from the planning stage.
Today, Marita assists clients with research and product development and actively pursues her passion for ART in all its forms, as well as volunteer work as a guide at The Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne.