Jason Karas, Chair
Jason Karas has significant experience in the legal field as co-founder of Lipman Karas, international law firm that specialises in corporate law and commercial dispute resolution. Lipman Karas has been a strong supporter of AGSA with sponsorship of the recent tour of the Quilty exhibition to the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales and supporting the Ramsay Art Prize through the Lipman Karas People’s Choice Award. Jason Karas has been a long-term supporter of the Gallery and is an active participant in the Contemporary Collectors group. He is deeply committed to the cultural and economic development of South Australia and the role of art in the advancement of society.
Susan Armitage has extensive experience in finance, investments and philanthropy and has held senior executive positions at Macquarie Group from 2007 to 2016 and Goldman Sachs JB Were from 1997 to 2007. Susan is currently the Chair of the Acquisitions Committee of the Art Gallery of South Australia & is a member of the Board Funds Management Committee of the Gallery. With a keen interest in philanthropy and the Arts, Susan has previously been a Foundation Board member of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra and a Member of the Commissioner’s Council for the Venice Biennial - Australia Council for the Arts.
Josh Fanning worked at the ABC until he heard the news editor compliment an outgoing journalist for, ‘making news when there was no news’. Opting out of the hourly deadlines of the news business, Josh founded his first lifestyle magazine – Merge – in 2007 at the age of 23. More than a decade later, he’s recently sold his third print title, CityMag to Solstice Media and is now Group Creative Director for KWP. Josh has a keen interest in marketing, design and the visual arts, and ran his own commercial gallery for emerging artists in Adelaide between 2010 and 2015 and helped Leigh Street build its first small bar, Udaberri. Josh joined the AGSA board as a Non-Executive Director in 2016, he was a founding board member of the Committee for Adelaide, and his company Masthead Studio's work for Windmill Theatre's interactive digital platform resulted in them winning an Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Award in 2018.
Jacqui McGill AO
Jacqui McGill AO is a highly accomplished Executive and Non-Executive Director with more than 30 years’ executive leadership experience. Jacqui is the Chairman of TAFE SA, a member of the Economic Advisory Committee for SA and leadership consultant. Jacqui held a range of key leadership roles with BHP including Asset President of Olympic Dam and BHP Mitsui Coal. Jacqui has deep operational experience in large scale, complex, capital intensive organisations and well-developed capital portfolio execution experience in capital constrained, and risk laden environment. Jacqui joined the AGSA board in 2017.
A Walbanga and Wadi Wadi woman and award-winning designer and film producer, Alison Page has been involved in the gallery and museum sector as a designer of exhibitions since 1998, linking First Nations stories and traditional knowledge with contemporary design. She was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame in 2015 and was a regular panellist for eight years on The New Inventors. Currently serving as a board member of the National Australia Day Council, councillor with the Australian National Maritime Museum and a board member of the Aboriginal research group Ninti One Ltd based in Adelaide, Alison Page has also been involved with numerous cultural boards. Alison Page is Managing Director of Zakpage, a company that makes new media artworks for museum installation as well as media activations in public urban spaces. Alison has also recently co-authored a book with Paul Memmott titled Design: Building on Country which reflects on her 22 years of experience in Aboriginal cultural architectural practice.
Jane Yuile is a finance executive with over 35 years’ experience in finance, business strategy and growth, company acquisitions and divestments. Jane has highly developed business and government networks and is a sought-after speaker on leadership, economics and women’s networking. Jane joined the AGSA board in 2014 is also an Executive Director of ANZ and a Non-Executive Director of Adelaide Airport. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Jane has lived in Australia since 1982 and in Adelaide since 2000, where she has developed a deep commitment to the State. Previously Jane has held several non-executive directorships for companies in industries including the arts, environment, technology, utilities, healthcare and education.