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ABOUT THE ABORIGINAL BENEFITS FOUNDATION

The Foundation is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee which is managed by a Board of Directors. The current Board members are:

  • Jennifer Isaacs AM

    Jennifer Isaacs has worked with Indigenous artists and communities for 46 years. She was involved in conceiving and establishing the Art Centres in many remote areas, has mentored individual artists and guided stellar art careers, advised and curatored the collections of significant donor collectors from acquisition to exhibitions and the eventual transfer of the works into major International museum collections. She writes on culture, art, history, biography, food and herbal medicine. With Robert Edwards and Adrian Newstead, she co-founded the ABF in 2004 and has undertaken two terms as Chair. She remains a Director and significant consultant on the Board.

  • Simon Chan (Chair)

    Simon Chan is a Director of SCA Architects and Art Atrium, an art gallery exhibiting contemporary Australian, Asian and Aboriginal art. Simon has been involved in a broad range of not for profit Foundations and community groups. He is a Director on the Board of VisAsia at Art Gallery of NSW as well as a Community Ambassador at Art Gallery of NSW. He is a Co-Founder and Secretary on the Board of Australia China Art & Culture Foundation. Simon is a Committee member of the Woollahra Council Cultural Committee. He is the current President of Haymarket Chamber of Commerce and a member of the City of Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Advisory Committee.

  • John Coffey (Treasurer)

    John Coffey recently retired from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) where he was responsible for regulating remediation of contaminated sites. He is now consulting in this field, a part time farmer as well as President of the management committee of the North Sydney Community Centre.

  • Adrian Newstead OAM

    Adrian Newstead is a former President of the Indigenous Art Trade Association and Director of Aboriginal Tourism Australia and is the immediate past President of the Art Consulting Association of Australia. An Aboriginal art consultant, dealer, and art commentator he has 35 years experience working with Aboriginal communities and indigenous artists.

  • Robert Simkin

    Bob Simkin has been involved in property development in Sydney & Cairns for over 30 years. Bob is also a director of the Cairns Regional Gallery, the Cairns Regional Gallery Foundation & the Thancoupie Bursary Fund.

  • Shelley Indyk

    Shelley Indyk is Director of Indyk Architects, a practice that can range from bespoke carpet design to high end residential projects to large commercial cinemas to particular community projects in remote communities. Indyk Architects collaborated to design the concept for the Yirrkala Healing centre as part of one of the ABF projects in 2010.

  • Adam Flynn (Company Secretary)

    Adam Flynn is a lawyer with over 10 years of experience in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. Adam received an Arts Law Centre of Australia Pro Bono Print Commission Award in 2010 for providing legal services to artists and arts organisations. Adam has served on the Board of the UTS Haberfield Club Ltd (2001), as Chair of the Arts Committee of UTS Union (2001), on the Management Committee of the Copyright Society of Australia since 2007 and on the Board of the Australian Government Legal Network since 2013.

The responsibilities of the Board are to raise funds, identify projects consistent with the aims of the organisation, consider requests for financial assistance and manage the affairs of the Foundation with due diligence.



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