Board Members


Dr Stefano Carboni (Director)

Stefano Carboni was appointed the 11th Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia starting in October 2008. Previously he was Curator and Administrator in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Visiting Professor at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. He joined the curatorial staff at the Metropolitan Museum in 1992 after completing his graduate studies in Arabic and in Islamic Art at the University of Venice and his Ph.D. in Islamic Art at the University of London. At the Metropolitan Museum he has been responsible for a large number of exhibitions, including the acclaimed Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 (2006-2007).

His publications include authoring and editing several exhibition catalogues, among which are Glass of the Sultans (2001); the prestigious Barr Award winner The Legacy of Genghis Khan. Courtly Arts and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353 (2002); and Venice and the Islamic World; another major publication is the catalogue of the Islamic glass collection in the National Museum of Kuwait (Glass from Islamic Lands. The Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait National Museum, 2001).

He lectured widely in the museum and outside and taught courses in Islamic Art and Curatorial Studies on a regular basis at the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU), Hunter College (CUNY), and the Bard Graduate Center for the Decorative Arts in New York.


Fiona Kalaf (Chair)

Fiona Kalaf is Chief Executive Officer of Lifeline WA, the State’s peak body for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention services. A business development, strategic planning and marketing communications professional with experience in commercial, corporate and non- profit environments at general manager level, Ms Kalaf has held senior executive positions at HBF, Asgard Wealth Solutions, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Wesfarmers Limited. Ms Kalaf holds a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) and a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Western Australia, and a Graduate Diploma of Business (Distinction) and Master of Business Administration (Advanced) from Curtin University of Technology. Ms Kalaf is a member of the Board of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the Western Australian Planning Commission’s Central Perth Planning Committee.

Helen Carroll - Art Gallery of WA | Board Member  

Helen Carroll

Helen Carroll is Curator of the Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art and oversees Wesfarmers’ extensive commitment to support of the performing and visual arts in Western Australia and nationally. Prior to joining Wesfarmers in 1999, she held the position of Public Programmes Coordinator and Curator of Australian Art at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia. She has curated several exhibitions and written on Australian art for a range of publications. Her previous Board appointments include Art on the Move Western Australia, of which she was Chair from 2003 to 2005 , Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery Advisory Board and Swan Bells Foundation.

Helen received the Business Leadership Award for her work in support of the arts in the 2008 Western Australian Business and Arts Awards.


ALAN FERRIS (Ex Officio)

Alan is currently the Acting Director General Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA), serves as an ex officio trustee Board member on the Boards of the Western Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the State Library Board of Western Australia, ScreenWest and the Perth Theatre Trust, Board member of the Palmerston Association and sits on the Leadership WA Finance Committee.

Alan has worked in the Culture and the Arts portfolio for nearly 20 years and was Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Culture and the Arts before taking over the role of General Manager of the Perth Theatre Trust from 2008 - 2013.

As a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce, Alan used his extensive financial and management skills to lead the Trust through a period of growth which included the inclusion of the State’s newest performing arts venues – the State Theatre Centre of WA and the Albany Entertainment Centre.

Nicholas Hasluck  

Nicholas Hasluck AM, QC

Nicholas Hasluck studied at the University of Western Australia, then Oxford, before practising law in Perth. He served as President of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal and later as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He is well-known also as a writer whose works include eleven novels and several travelogues.

His creative work has led to a lengthy involvement in arts administration. He has served as Deputy Chair of the Australia Council, as Deputy Chair of the WA Performing Arts Academy and as Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council. He became Chair of the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2006. These pursuits have nurtured his interest in the visual arts.


Andrea Horwood-Bux

Andrea has enjoyed success in an entrepreneurial business career spanning magazine publishing, cosmetics and suncare - launching two great Australian brands Australian Style magazine and the sun-care line ‘Invisible Zinc’.

Andrea and her husband Adil created The Bux Family Charitable Foundation to support their varied philanthropic interests. During her career Andrea was featured on ABC’s Australian Story; was nominated Australian Finalist in the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards; launced Becca Cosmetics in Europe and the US; ERNST & YOUNG 2012 Entrepreneur Of The Year Western Region Nominee; and has recently been appointed West Coast Editor of Vogue Australia.




Trish Ridsdale

Trish Ridsdale is Managing Director of Board Business, a national consulting firm that specialises in strategy, risk, corporate governance and coaching of directors and executives. She holds directorships in the areas of travel and medical research and has previously been a Commissioner on the board of Tourism WA and held directorships in the wine and mining services sectors. Since 1997, Ms Ridsdale has been a director educator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow of that organisation.


Brian Roche

Brian Roche is the Public Trustee of Western Australia. Brian has twenty five years’ experience in managing strategic corporate services in Local and State Government as well as in the private sector including over ten years with Coles Myer. Prior to his appointment as the Public Trustee, Brian held senior executive positions at the Department of Treasury and the Department of Commerce. Brian holds a Masters of Management from the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Business from Edith Cowan University. Brian is also a Board member of Alzheimer’s Australia (Western Australia).


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