ABOUT US    Board

LINDEN NEW ART is managed by a skilled group of volunteers who each contribute their skills, knowledge and networks to ensure Linden is governed by the highest standards.

 

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SARAH BRENNAN (Chair)

Sarah has fifteen plus years in leadership roles with multinational companies and advertising agencies. Sarah's expertise covers brand management, sponsorship, strategic marketing and the development and delivery of complex communication projects across a wide variety of marketing disciplines. Previous roles include General Manager at DDB Hong Kong; Marketing Director at Walt Disney Home Entertainment; Head of Communications at Breast Cancer Network Australia; Lecturer in Strategic Planning at RMIT and Marketing Director at Diversified Exhibitions. Sarah joined the Board of Linden in December 2013 and was appointed Chair in May 2014. Sarah’s previous board roles include Chair of Red Stitch Theatre & Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

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CATHERINE EASTON (Deputy Chair)

Catherine has extensive senior leadership experience of operational teams, organisational change management and strategic programs of work. Catherine is Head of Strategy & Business Operations at SuperFriend, a workplace mental health and wellbeing organisation. Catherine leads SuperFriend’s strategy and business plan development, HR, Legal, strategic collaborations and insights & impact functions. Previously held positions include: Head of Business Management at ANZ; Program Director at ANZ and Head of Service Delivery at NAB. Catherine has completed Leadership Victoria's Folio Community Leadership Program and holds a Master of Strategic Foresight from Swinburne University and Bachelor of Business Administration from RMIT. Catherine is a previous President of Arts Project Australia Inc and Non-Executive Director of Petit Grand Kaboom Ltd (Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids). She is currently a member of Arts Project Australia's Policy and Planning Sub-Committee, Women’s Property Initiatives Nominations Committee and a Mentor at Fitted for Work. Catherine is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Innovations in Governance executive program at Harvard Kennedy School and has attended the Cranlana Executive Colloquium. Catherine joined the Board of Linden in December 2013 and was appointed Deputy Chair in May 2014.

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PAUL BANKS (Treasurer)

Paul is an experienced finance professional who has worked in financial markets for over 20 years.  He has extensive leadership, relationship and marketing experience in the financial services industry. Paul is currently a director at the Australian Future Fund where he is looking after relationships with key managers and counterparties in the Overlays sector of the fund. Previously, he has held senior roles in both the funds management industry as well as in financial markets within a number of global investment banks. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the NSW Securities Institute; a Bachelor of Arts from Ambassador University, Pasadena, USA and a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University. Paul joined the Board of Linden in December 2013 and was appointed to the role of Treasurer in May 2014.

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TODD BEAVIS

For more than 15 years Todd has helped organisations make better decisions, build great relationships and achieve their goals. Recognising the importance of connecting communities, he founded ie.community to work with government, corporates and cultural institutions to deliver creative communication campaigns and strengthen engagement based on research and rigorous analysis. Prior to starting his i.e., Todd held senior roles including Head of Business Communications at Australia Post and Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications, Europe for American Express. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Political Economy) from Sydney University, is a Program Advisor for the Masters of Communication program at RMIT, and teaches strategic communication and engagement. Todd joined the Board of Linden in June 2013.

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DEBORAH STAHLE

Deborah is the founder of Nite Art and Director of Artwalk Melbourne. She is a passionate art enthusiast and has developed programs for facilitating the exploration of art in a selection of leading galleries and art spaces in Melbourne’s creative precincts and regional areas. Deborah has over thirty years experience in sales and marketing within the fashion industry, bringing innovative ideas to customers and audiences, local and international. Deborah joined the Board of Linden in December 2013.

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JEREMY BLACKSHAW

Jeremy is the Melbourne Managing Partner at Minter Ellison and leads the Melbourne office's Corporate M&A team. He has an extensive corporate practice, advising in multiple jurisdictions across a range of industry sectors including financial services, health, infrastructure and consumer brands. Jeremy is a member of the Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia, a member of the Advisory Board of Melbourne University's Centre for Corporate and Securities Regulation and the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce. He has lectured in Takeover Law and is a regular presenter on legal issues. Jeremy joined the Board of Linden in February 2015.

 

BIHENG ZHANG

Biheng is a fundraising professional with experience in the arts, health, medical research and international development. Drawing on experience in Australia and the UK, Biheng has achieved notable results in government and philanthropic grants, corporate partnerships, major giving and community fundraising. She managed the grants program at the National Gallery of Victoria, playing a key role in securing support for major exhibitions including Melbourne Now, A Golden Age of China: Qianlong Emperor and the Melbourne Art Book Fair. She has also worked for leading organisations including Movember UK, Prostate Cancer UK and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Biheng joined the Board of Linden in June 2016.

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Cr DAVID BRAND

David is the City of Port Phillip council representative on the Board. He is an architect and also teaches Architectural History & Design at the University of Melbourne. David has collected artworks from Linden over the years and believes that Linden has a very special place in St Kilda and that it contributes to the vibrancy of the city. David joined the Board of Linden in December 2016.

 

OWEN CRAVEN

Owen is a Principal and Senior Curator with global public art and design firm, UAP. Leading UAP’s Melbourne Hub, Owen works closely with artists and commissioning bodies to curate and guide the creative framework for site specific public artworks. He has extensive experience in the visual arts sector and understands the importance of working through the creative process collaboratively in order to help artists realise their creative vision. Immediately prior to joining UAP, he was the Editor of Artist Profile and Art Almanac magazines. In these roles, Owen led numerous initiatives that created platforms and opportunities for both emerging and established artists to create and present their work. Owen has also curated many significant group exhibitions that have toured both nationally and internationally. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History and Theory) from the University of Sydney. Owen joined the Board of Linden in April 2018.

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