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.
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.
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 continues on as publisher and editor-in-chief. 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.
Susan Armitage has been a Non-Executive Director of AGSA since 2015. Susan has extensive experience in finance, investments and philanthropy. She held senior executive positions at Macquarie Group from 2007 to 2016 and Goldman Sachs JB Were from 1997 to 2007. Susan has a keen interest in philanthropy and currently sits on the Foundation Board for the National Gallery of Australia and the Commissioners Council for the Venice Biennial - Australia Council for the Arts, roles she has held since 2012 and 2013 respectively.
John Phillips is a retired stockbroker with over 40 years’ experience. John was elected a member of the Adelaide Stock Exchange in 1979 and has been a member of the Australian Stock Exchange since its inception. He has been aligned with the Art Gallery of South Australia since 2009, firstly as a member of the Foundation Council and as a Board Member since 2014. John is currently Chair of the AGSA Board Funds Management Committee.
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.
Cara Kirkwood is a national advocate and influencer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, art and culture. Currently the Assistant Director, Indigenous Engagement & Strategy at the Department of Parliamentary Services in Canberra, Cara has demonstrated leadership in driving strong cultural initiatives that benefit community and agency. Wherever she has been employed, Cara has taken on the role of educator internally and externally to bridge the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. Cara is a diplomat and an instigator for change through her leadership skills and ability to transform existing western ways of thinking into contemporary and responsive initiatives, strategies and structures. Currently a member of the advisory committee for Tarnanthi, her inclusion on the Board expands her Aboriginal leadership to AGSA more broadly.