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Mr Sid Myer AM joined the National Portrait Gallery Board in August 2013 and was appointed to the position of Chairman of the Portrait Gallery Foundation on 12 March 2015.  Among other directorships, Mr Myer is Chairman of Myer Family Investments Pty Ltd and Chairman of the Estate of Sidney Myer.

Sid Myer AM

Founding Patron, Mrs Marilyn Darling AC is a member of the inaugural body. Mrs Darling was Chair of the Portrait Gallery Board from 2000 to 2008. Under her leadership, the Gallery grew from a small space in Old Parliament House to a significant cultural institution in its own purpose-built building. Together with her husband, Mr L Gordon Darling AC CMG (1921-2015), they provided a combination of idealism, practical support and persuasive lobbying which brought the institution into being.  Mrs Darling is Chair of the Gordon Darling Foundation.

Marilyn Darling AC, 2010 by Anne Zahalka

Another member, Mr Tim Fairfax AC, is also part of the early and continuing history of the Portrait Gallery. Mr Fairfax is a Visionary Benefactor and past Chair of the Gallery. He is a company director, pastoralist and philanthropist and was awarded the Companion to the Order of Australia in 2014 for his eminent services to the community. He is an advocate for philanthropy and a major supporter of the visual arts, also promoting higher education opportunities and rural and regional development programs.

Tim Fairfax AC

The Foundation also welcomes local Canberra resident, Mr John Liangis. John and his mother, Mrs Sotiria Liangis OAM have been part of the Portrait Gallery since the construction of the new building and are Founding Benefactors of the Gallery. John is a graduate of the Canberra School of Art (BA (VA), Painting) and has an in-depth knowledge and passion for the arts.

John Liangis

The National Portrait Gallery Board is represented by Chairman Dr Helen Nugent AO. Dr Nugent has a long and sustained commitment to the arts and education, previously Chairman of the National Opera Review and Major Performing Arts Inquiry.  Dr Nugent was the Chancellor of Bond University and a member of council at Monash University.  Dr Nugent is currently Chairman of the Australian Rail Track Corporation, the National Disability Insurance Agency and Ausgrid.

Dr Helen Nugent AO

Mr Ross Adler AC joined the Foundation in 2016.  He is Chairman and CEO of Amtrade International and has an active interest in education and the arts.  Among other positions, Mr Adler has been involved with the University of South Australia for an extended time.  Previously, he has been a Board Member of the South Australian State Theatre Company, Chairman of the Art Gallery of South Australia and Chairman of the Adelaide Festival of the Arts.

Mr Ross Adler AC

Mr Tim Bednall is a Partner of law firm King & Wood Mallesons, based in Sydney. Tim practices in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and corporate governance. Tim was the Chairman of the Australian partnership of KWM from January 2010 to December 2012. He was also Managing Partner of M&A and Tax for KWM Australia from 2013 to 2014, and Managing Partner of KWM Europe and Middle East from 2016 to 2017, based in London. Tim and his wife Vanessa also own Calabash Lodge Equestrian Pty Ltd, an equestrian agistment business. He is also a former member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Australian advisory board, and a former adjunct faculty member of the Law Faculty at the University of Sydney.

Mr Tim Bednall