Our 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.



JEREMY BLACKSHAW

Chair

Jeremy is the International Managing Partner at Minter Ellison and a member of the Firm’s Executive Leadership Team. Formerly head of the Firm’s mergers and acquisitions business unit, 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 director of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He has lectured in Takeovers Law and is a regular presenter on legal issues. Jeremy joined the Board of Linden in February 2015.


OWEN CRAVEN

Deputy Chair

Owen is Director of New Business and a Senior Curator with global public art and design firm, UAP. Owen leads the New Business Team in Australia and works closely with artists and commissioning bodies as they create artworks in response to specific projects and places. 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. Owen joined the Board of Linden in April 2018.

PAUL DULDIG

Treasurer

Paul is Chief Operating Officer at The Australian National University. A graduate of Columbia University New York, The University of Adelaide and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Paul has extensive experience in leadership, governance, service delivery and change management. He also has studied Art History at Masters level and is developing an emerging visual art practice. His responsibilities at the ANU include oversight of the Drill Hall Gallery and the public art on campus. Paul is also a board member of Art Monthly Australasia and a past board member of the Australian Dance Theatre.

DAVID BRAND

David is an architect and teaches Architectural History & Design at the University of Melbourne. He has lived in St Kilda since the early ‘80s, and has collected artworks from Linden since its early days. He believes that Linden has a very special place in St Kilda and that it makes a unique contribution to the vibrancy of the whole city. David has served as a City of Port Phillip Councillor for ten of the last twenty years, and joined the Board of Linden in December 2016. He has recently retired from Council.

Ann Byrne

Ann brings to the Linden a passion for its work and experience as a director.  Until 2013 she worked in the finance sector particularly in the management of superannuation funds as well as advocacy around the need for effective management of environmental, social and governance investment risk to achieve long term sustainable performance.  Ann Byrne has board experience with private companies, not for profit organisations and international organisations. This experience ranges from airports, forestry, theatre companies, aid and development and investment management. She is currently a Director of Oxfam Australia, LUCRF Super and ECPAT International. Ann is also a long term resident of the City of Port Phillip. 

Louise Crawford

Louise Crawford was elected to Council in 2016 and again in 2020, representing Canal Ward. She was Deputy Mayor in 2018-19 and has been Mayor since 11 November 2020. Louise's priorities on Council include the recovery of our local creative community and traders, working on flood mitigation and waste transformation, childcare, and climate change prevention and adaptation. Louise previously served on the board of Gasworks Arts Park and currently serves on Council's Cultural Development committee and the Fishermans Bend Mayors Forum. Outside of Council, Louise works as an actor in film and television. She is passionate about collaborative, creative approaches to improving and protecting our beautiful city.


Catherine Friday

Catherine is the Managing Partner of EY Oceania’s Government, Health and Lifesciences (GHS) practice, and has been in professional services (IBM, Andersen, EY) all her career.  Her technical specialisation is Risk Management, and she has previously led the firm’s Governance, Risk and Compliance practice (Risk Transformation) across Oceania, and continues to deliver risk services to her own clients, in addition to managing the wider GHS portfolio.  Catherine is also a Trustee and  Finance, Audit and Risk Committee Chair of  Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust.  She has had previous board roles with the Risk Management Institute of Australasia, Equestrian Australia, and the ACT Mental Health Foundation.  She is married, and has one daughter who is at university.


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.


Arvind vasan

Arvind Vasan is a General Manager of Group Strategy & Development at the National Australia Bank (NAB) with over 15 years of strategy development and execution experience across multiple sectors in Australia, Europe & the Middle East.  He holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD, Bachelor of Engineering & Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Melbourne and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).  Arvind is also a Director of the Bayside Council Arts Board and a past Director of Blindside Gallery.  Arvind is passionate about contemporary art and the support of up-and-coming artists.  Arvind joined the Board in May 2020.


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 Group, 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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