Our board & team

OUR BOARD

 

Ross Drinnan (Chairman) (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.

Michael Atkins, B Comm, FAICD (WA)
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.

Jo Dawkins (WA)
Jo Dawkins is retired from a 30 year career in commercial, retail and residential property management. She managed major commercial and retail centres in Perth CBD including prominent retail centres for Knight Frank and Jones Lang La Salle, plus the management of major Centre refurbishments.  From 2016 to 2018, she was a Board member of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, the vehicle which developed amongst others Perth’s Elizabeth Quay,  Yagan Square,  Midland workshops and the Scarborough Beach front. From 2005 Jo was elected and served 6 years as a Town of Cottesloe councillor followed by 4 years as Cottesloe’s first female Mayor.  She stepped down as Mayor in 2017. Jo is actively involved in local community projects including the major redevelopment of the Wearne Hostel site in Cottesloe WA, and is an Executive Member of the Friends of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.  Jo has served on the Board of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation and the Friends of the Art Gallery of WA.

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.

Alicia Parker (NSW)
Alicia was the founder of premium juice brand Parker’s Organic Juices, which she built into a highly successful business since its inception in 2003, growing distribution throughout Australia, USA, UAE and the Asia Pacific. Prior to founding that business she practised as a lawyer in Sydney, specialising in corporate law and telecommunications, advising clients such as Optus and One.Tel Limited. Alicia sold her business in 2019 to allow her more time to focus on her family, and her philanthropic interests. Alicia has lived in the Waverley area for over 25 years, and has seen Sculpture by the Sea grow and evolve as an annual highlight of the Waverley community. Alicia and the Parker family have been keen supporters of Sculpture by the Sea since its early years, with Parker’s Organic Juices being a cornerstone supporter of the Sculpture by the Sea Education Program.  Alicia holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University.   

Philip Spelman (ACT)
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.

 

EXHIBITION TEAM

David Handley AM – Founding Director
Andrew Williams – General Manager – Finance & Administration
Davina Corti  Director Sculpture Sales
Trent Marwick – Site Manager
Santos Cleisson de Freitas – Site Manager
Meg Gold – National Sponsorship Manager
Petra Pattinson – School Education, Access & Inclusion Programs Consultant
Catherine Peattie  WA Community Outreach Program Coordinator
Mike Rees – WA Stakeholder Manager
Suzie Clark Production
Su-Wen Leong – Marketing Manager
Di Caskey  Design & Web Manager
James Bush – Philanthropy Consultant
Caitlin Chao – Designer