Our Board


Michael Atkins, B Comm, FAICD (NSW)
Michael is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and was a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia from 1984 until 2011. Since 1987 he has been both a non-executive Chairman and an executive director of numerous Australian listed companies, mainly in the resources sector. In February 2009, Michael was appointed a Director – Corporate Finance at Patersons. Michael is currently non-executive Chairman of ASX listed companies Legend Mining Ltd, Azumah Resources Ltd, Castle Minerals Limited and a non-executive director of ASX listed SRG Global Limited. Michael has been on the Board of many NFP organisations including Redkite, Perth Theatre Company, Australia Day WA, Mosman Park Arts Foundation (MosArts Camelot).

Simon Bloomfield (NSW)
Simon Bloomfield is one of Australia’s most respected Integrated Creative Directors/Copywriters. His experience includes being creative director of Euro RSCG Partnership’s integrated DM division and head of the creative department of Clemenger Proximity. He then led the creative output at OgilvyOne Sydney, winning awards with clients such as American Express, Telstra and Purina-Nestle. In 2013, he joined independent customer experience agency MercerBell as Creative Group Head, and is now Creative Director with clients including MasterCard, Toyota, Fitness First, the Australian Paralympic Committee and Foxtel. Sculpture by the Sea board member since 2014.

Ross Drinnan (NSW)
Ross is a partner at law firm Allens, which has been a long-term sponsor of Sculpture by the Sea. He is also the Chairman of Law Firms Australia and a member of the Advisory Council for the UNSW Law School. Ross has been a Sculpture by the Sea board member since 2014.

David Handley AM (NSW)
BA LLB (Sydney) and LLM (Kings College, London). Founded Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in 1997; Cottesloe in 2005; Aarhus, Denmark in 2009 under the patronage of TRH Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. Produced five Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions for the 1998 Sydney Olympic Arts Festival. Established the incorporated association to run Sculpture by the Sea in Australia in 2003. Trustee Australian Museum (2002-2010). Board Member International Sculpture Centre, USA (2008-2012). The Shane Gould Swimming Project (2008-present). Sculpture by the Sea board member since 2003.

Philip Spelman (NSW)
Spelman has a broad professional sculpture practice. He is activity engaged in exhibitions, commissions and conference programs, as well as technical management and consultation with national and international art studios, and educational programs. A sculptor for more than 30 years, Spelman works in both painted steel and unique cast bronze. He is a member of the Sculpture by the Sea Decade Club, having exhibited at Bondi 18 times as well as multiple times in both Cottesloe and Aarhus exhibitions. Awards include Helen Lempriere scholarship and the NSW Regional Art Acquisition Award. His sculptures are held in many public, private and corporate collections, nationally and internationally. Spelman was appointed a Director of Sculpture by the Sea in 2016.

Alice Spigelman AM (Chair) (NSW)
BA and MA in Psychology, Sydney. Experience as Advertising Executive, Clinical Psychologist, Playwright, Author and Book Reviewer. Her directorships have included The Benevolent Society, UNHCR, Bundanon Trust, NIDA, Australian Institute of Music and the Rural Leadership Program. Sculpture by the Sea board member since 2010.

Alexandrea Thompson (WA)
Alexandrea is a practicing senior commercial lawyer with 20 years’ experience, both in private practice and in-house. Also a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School researching legal issues in respect of visual arts, museums and legal protections for cultural heritage. In addition to legal qualifications, holds Bachelor (Hons) and Masters degrees in History of Art, (Masters thesis entitled “National Identity in an International Context: The Exhibition of Australian Artists at the Venice Biennale”).  Alexandrea has a strong personal interest in the arts; community arts events and education opportunities for children.

John Thompson (Deputy Chairman) (WA)
John is an entrepreneur who has a background in science and business, having most recently run environmental and mineral laboratories, and now being semi retired has a continuing interest in ceramics for the mining industry, as well as building office complexes for the burgeoning local resources industry. He has a lifelong interest in the visual arts right from loving the Louisiana Sculpture Park in Denmark during the Copenhagen stage of his 13 year overseas odyssey as a young executive, through to today, and as he puts it, “enjoying the energy and vitality of our Bondi and Cottesloe exhibitions”.

John and his wife Soosie have been involved with Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe since its inception as donors, collectors, as a sounding board and as supporters of individual artists, either paying their freight and airfare expenses to Perth or putting them up in their house.