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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CATHERINE EASTON (Chair)

Catherine has extensive senior leadership experience of operational teams, organisational change management and strategic programs of work. Catherine is Executive General Manager Performance & Integration at Uniting Vic/Tas. 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 and Chair in December 2018.

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JEREMY BLACKSHAW (Deputy Chair)

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 energy, health, infrastructure, consumer brands and financial services. Jeremy is a member of the Advisory Board of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Executive Council of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Committee for Melbourne's Metropolitan Collaboration Steering Committee. He has lectured in Takeover Law and is a regular presenter on legal issues. Jeremy joined the Board of Linden in February 2015.

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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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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.

 

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 securing government and philanthropic grants, corporate partnerships, major giving and community fundraising. She is currently the Director of Philanthropy for Pollinate Energy, a social enterprise empowering women in the slums of India and rural Nepal, and has previously worked for the National Gallery of Victoria, The Song Room, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and Prostate Cancer UK. 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.

 

PHILLIP RICHARDS

Phillip is the Director and Financial Advisor of Endorphin Wealth Management, a Melbourne based financial advice company that he established in 2014 with the intention of providing clients with unbiased financial advice. He has an extensive background in the banking sector, where he achieved the position of Senior Financial Planner with ANZ & Westpac. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (financial planning and accounting), a Diploma of Financial Services and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Phillip has been passionate about art from a young age and appreciates in all forms. He joined the Board of Linden in October 2018.

 

SCOTT THOMSON

Scott is Managing Director of the Melbourne arm of Edelman, the global communications and marketing firm. He has international experience advising clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He is focused on building trust, protecting reputations and driving specific reputational and business outcomes. Scott is also a crisis & risk management practitioner who has worked on numerous high-profile incidents involving data breaches, product faults, corporate crime and executive misdemeanours, consumer boycotts, legal challenges and health and safety emergencies. Scott was coopted to join the Board of Linden in February 2019.

 

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