Rock Art Australia is governed by a board of directors drawn from WA, the Kimberley, NSW and Victoria.
Meet Our Board
Laurie retired from public life in 2004 after a distinguished parliamentary career spanning 34 years. In NSW he served as Minister for Health, Minister for Public Works and Ports and as Minister for Roads. Nationally he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Minister for Industrial Relations and as Minister for Transport.
He was a member of the Board of Directors at Airbus Aust. Pacific Ltd 2008-2019 and is presently a Director of John Curtin House Ltd.
Laurie was appointed Chairman of RAA in September 2019.
David is the Head of Wealth at Canaccord Genuity in Australia. He has worked in the financial services industry and other service-related businesses for over 25 years.
David attended Melbourne University completing a B.Comm (Finance), and commenced his career with Merrill Lynch in 1996 as an institutional equities analyst.
In 2008, David co-founded BGF Equities which became part of Canaccord Genuity Group Inc in 2011. It was rebranded Canaccord Genuity (Australia) with two operating business divisions, Capital Markets and Wealth Management.
Canaccord Genuity (Australia) currently has approximately 270 employees located in offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Hong Kong, London, New York and regional offices within Australia. It is a leading mid-market investment bank. It is a subsidiary of, and integrated part of, the global Canaccord Genuity Group Inc.
In 2018 Susan was recognised for her service to the Kimberley community with an Order of Australia Medal. Her community service includes being a founding member of RAA which started as the Bush University in 1998 developing into the Wandjina Foundation. Susan was the inaugural Chair of the Kimberley Development Commission, Chair of the Ord Development Council, and Chair of the Kimberley Water Resources Development Strategy. She was a Councilor and President of the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley. She served on the Federal Council of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Australian Maritime Authority, and Horizon Power. She is presently a member of the Regional Development Australia Kimberley Council and an advisor to Boab Health Services. She is a Justice of the Peace and a Civil Celebrant.
Susan credits her love of the region to its powerful natural beauty and what she has learnt from her aboriginal friends. She has been inspired by them with the responsibility to look after and care for the ancient country. Her passion has not waned with her retirement in 2019 and move into Broome. Susan has been a board member since 1998.
Professor Gleadow has researched and published widely on the development and application of radiometric dating techniques, particularly in fission track analysis and thermochronology. His work has included dating of hominin fossil sites in East Africa. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences and a former President of the Geological Society of Australia. He was appointed Chair of the Science Advisory Council in November 2013 and joined the RAA Board in 2014.
Cissy is the Chair of Arrnja Pty Ltd and North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management (NAILSMA). She sits on the board of the Kimberley Development Commission and is a member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee to the Commonwealth Department of Environment. Cissy is passionate about country, people and sustainable livelihoods. Cissy is currently the National Aboriginal Engagement Manager at the Bush Heritage Australia. Cissy joined the RAA Board in June 2018.
He had a 25 year involvement with Peet Limited including 17 years as CEO. During his time with the company it expanded from its WA base to being a major listed national property company.
Warwick is a past President and Life member of both the Urban Development Institute (WA) and the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Keenly interested in the arts, Warwick served on the Council of The National Gallery of Australia and chaired its Finance and Risk Committee. He is also a Life Governor of its Foundation. He chaired and is a Life member of the WA Opera company and chaired the WA Chamber of Arts and Culture for 3 years. He has also served on the Curtin Business School Advisory Council and UWA Centenary Campaign Committee.
Currently he serves on the National Board of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Chairs the Art Gallery of WA Foundation and is a Life Governor of the Foundation. Warwick was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) in the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours for distinguished service to the arts, to the community, and to the residential development sector. Warwck joined the RAA Board in September 2018.
John is principal of investment firm Swilken Group and Chair of Portside Credit Partners. He was formerly a Managing Director of investment banking and advisory firm Grant Samuel (where he worked for over 25 years), an executive at ANZ McCaughan and a Construction Engineer with Clough Group. He has previously been a non-executive director of several ASX listed companies, including Chair of one.
John is involved in a number of not-for-profit groups, including as board member of the Noel & Carmel O’Brien Family Foundation and investment committee member of the Australian Ballet Company, Scope Australia and Lauriston Foundation. He was previously Chair of the Lauriston Foundation.
John holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne.
John Calvert-Jones is the Executive Chairman of Seafirst Australia, a family investment company. He is a Trustee of the McClelland Gallery. He is a former member of the Australian Stock Exchange Limited, former Chairman and Managing Director of Prudential Bache Securities (Australia) Ltd and has been a director of several public and private companies.
Christina Kennedy and fellow RAA Director Susan Bradley established RAA in 1997 and together remain the longest serving members. Christina is a physiotherapist and operated a private clinic in Sydney for 25 years. She is now a farmer in Bodalla NSW. She is a director of a number of private companies and a former Director of Film Australia and The Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts. She is a member of the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Rock Art Research +Management Advisory Board.
Jimis a leader in geoscience education in Western Australia. He chairs the John de Laeter Centre for Mass Spectrometry at Curtin University, a joint venture with UWA, and has a long standing interest in hominid evolution. In the last five years he has commenced a research program following his appointment as an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Earth and Geographical Sciences at The University of Western Australia (UWA).