Board

The Museum of Chinese in Australia (MOCA) has transferred its incorporation from an association registered in New South Wales. MOCA is now registered with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and is a company limited by guarantee. MOCA has eight directors and a secretary.

Directors

John Yu AC

Chair

John is a paediatrician and former Chief Executive of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. He has held the positions of Chancellor of the University of NSW, Chair of the Australia China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Deputy Chancellor of University of Western Sydney.

John’s arts and museum involvement include being Deputy President of the Art Gallery of NSW, Life Governor of the Art Gallery of NSW, Chair of VisAsia, Trustee of the Powerhouse Museum, Life Fellow of the Powerhouse Museum, Honorary Associate of the Powerhouse Museum in Textiles, Ceramics and Australian Colonial Furniture, member of Penrith Regional Gallery, Board member of Musica Viva and member of the Community Arts and Culture Committee of Mosman Council.

John has published in Medicine, Health Governance, Decorative Arts and Asian Art. He is a National Living Treasure of the National Trust, and was named Australian of the Year in 1996.

Stephen FitzGerald AO

Deputy Chair

Stephen was the first Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and for nearly 60 years he has been a specialist on China, its foreign policy and Australia’s relations with China and Asia. Stephen’s early research was on the PRC’s policies towards the Chinese diaspora, and he has held professorial appointments at the Australian National University, the University of NSW and the University of Technology, Sydney.

Stephen is a lifelong champion of Asian immigration, and an advocate for closer relations with Asia and for the study of Asian languages and societies in schools and universities.

Stephen is currently Associate Professor at the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture and a Distinguished Fellow at the Whitlam Institute, both at Western Sydney University. He is also a Board Member of China Matters.

Daphne Lowe Kelley

Deputy Chair

Daphne’s career has involved managing family businesses, teaching in high schools and TAFE, and holding managerial, sales and marketing positions in the private and government sectors of the travel and tourism industry.

Daphne is a Chinese Australian community advocate with more than 35 years of service on committees and boards involved in social welfare, arts and culture, history and heritage, multiculturalism and equality. She is the current president of the Chinese Australian Historical Society and a past president of the Chinese Heritage Association of Australia, the vice-president of Australasian Art and Stageworks, as well as being a member of the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Advisory Group (2009-2015) and the NSW Police Multicultural Advisory Council (2013-2018).

Daphne has been convenor of six national conferences in Sydney and Melbourne for the Chinese Community Council of Australia. In 2011, Daphne was awarded the NSW Premier’s Jack Wong Su Award for Voluntary Service Beyond the Chinese Community for her outstanding voluntary community service.

Yin Cao

Yin Cao has been the Curator of Chinese Art at the Art Gallery of NSW since August 2011. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Director at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University, Beijing, China, and a researcher at the University Museum of the National University of Singapore.

Trained as an archaeologist at Peking University and Harvard University, Yin has participated in several archaeological excavations both in China and Israel. She has curated several exhibitions including the inaugural exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University (1993), “A Silk Road Saga-the sarcophagus of Yu Hong” (2013), “Tang: treasures from the Silk Road capital” (2016), and “Heaven and earth in Chinese art: treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei”. Yin edited and wrote catalogues for these exhibitions.

Joanna Capon OAM

Joanna is an art historian, industrial archaeologist, curator, writer, cataloguer and lecturer.

Past involvements include chair of the Australian Centre for Photography; the Operation Art Management Group and the Fundraising Committee of the Big Anxiety Festival; Board member of The Australia China Council; Museums and Galleries NSW; Member of the Visual Arts and Crafts Committee of the NSW Ministry for the Arts; member of SOCOG Public art Advisory Committee; Editorial Advisory Board of Art and Australia; honorary art-curator at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and co-curator of the YinYang: China in Australia exhibition (2008).

Joanna has visited and travelled throughout China frequently since 1976 and written A Guide to the Museum’s in China; and has written various articles and lectured on Chinese art.

Brad Chan

Brad Chan is the CEO of Banna Property Group, a 3rd generation family business with a vision to transform its shopping centres into community hubs. He is also the founder of Haymarket HQ, an innovation hub with a particular focus on helping startups grow into Asian markets.

Brad’s family has a long association with Sydney’s Chinatown. His grandfather, Bernard Chan, helped transform Dixon Street into the new Chinatown of Sydney in 1980.

Brad is the immediate past president of the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the City of Sydney Chinese New Year Advisory Committee and the first President of the Australian Asian Association of Bennelong. He is currently a Board Director of Northcross Limited’s primary school, as well as the president of the school’s P&F. Brad is also a former board member of the DAWN Network.

Brad has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Land Economics), Post-Graduate Diploma in Finance & Investment, a Masters in Real Estate and a Masters of Town Planning. He is also a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Farinne Georgeopoulos

Farinne is the Managing Director and Founder of Exelix, an advisory management consulting company which operates across Australia and Asia. She has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, senior executive and advisor to C-suite and company directors within private, public and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and Asia Pacific.

Farinne is a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of St Vincent’s Health Network, and has wide-ranging experience as Chair and Advisory Member on numerous Board and Senior Management Committees across various industries.

Her background includes being part of the Senior Leadership Advisory Team at EY (Ernst & Young) Australia as well as Managing Director and CEO of a management consulting firm with a successful track record in Australia and Asia. Farinne speaks various Chinese dialects and has travelled extensively in China and throughout Asia.

Farinne has a Bachelor of Business and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As part of her leisure interest in oenology, she also holds certification with The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) London.

Adam Liaw

Adam Liaw is a lawyer, cook, television presenter, producer and writer.

Formerly Head of Legal (Asia Pacific) for Disney Interactive, Adam has extensive experience doing business in Asia, including eight years based in Tokyo, Japan.

As a writer he has been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal’s Scene Asia, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Guardian and Sunday Life magazine. He is the author of six cookbooks on Asian cuisines, and presented the AACTA award-winning television program ‘Destination Flavour’ for six seasons.

Adam is UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Nutrition, Ambassador for the Australian government’s “Australia Now” program, and is a board member of the Australia-Japan Foundation. In 2016 he was appointed by the Japanese government as a Goodwill Ambassador for Japanese Cuisine.

Sylvia Spaseski

Sylvia Spaseski is the Director of Artefact Advisory, working primarily in the arts and creative industries and with community not-for-profit organisations. Sylvia provides guidance to boards and executive leaders on governance, business development and regulatory compliance.

Formally the head of Arts Development and Investment, in the Australian Government’s Office for the Arts, Sylvia led strategies for sustainability and diversity in the sector and recognition of the economic value of the arts to GDP. In this role, she also concluded agreement between the Australian Government and all states and territories on the first fully national partnership agreement for funding of the nation’s major performing arts organisations. As the Government’s shareholder representative in Creative Partnerships Australia, Sylvia championed private sector investment and policy reform.

Prior to her retirement from public office, Sylvia managed Australia’s international cultural agreements including with China and secured a range of COVID-19 support and recovery programs for the arts sector.

For over 30 years, Sylvia has held senior executive and board roles in the not-for-profit, private and government sectors in the fields of arts, multicultural and immigration services, telecommunications, agriculture, consumer protection and social services. She is a life-long advocate for greater cultural and linguistic diversity in public policy making to ensure it reflects Australia’s rich multicultural society.

Secretary

Peter Hack

Peter is a former senior policy adviser in the NSW Department of Education and Training. He started his career teaching English in Sydney’s migrant hostels and is a passionate supporter of immigration.

Peter is a researcher and writer of modern Chinese and Chinese-Australian history, and has spoken at numerous events in both Australia and China including the World Congress on Art Deco held in Shanghai in 2015.

Peter is a life member of the Chinese Museum in Melbourne, a Fellow of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation, a Patron of the National Library of Australia and a member of the State Library of NSW Foundation.

Committees

Two committees report to the MOCA Board. Ann Toy chairs the Collections and Exhibitions Committee and Cheryl Cumines chairs the Education Committee.

Ann Toy

Ann Toy is an independent curator, with over 35 years’ experience working at the National Gallery of Victoria and diverse heritage organisations on research, exhibition and collection planning and development, and the conservation, management and interpretation of historic buildings, interiors and gardens. She joined the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales (now Sydney’s Living Museums) in 1981, as the inaugural curator of Vaucluse House, and subsequently curated other properties including Elizabeth Bay House, Susannah Place, and Government House, Sydney. In addition, she has consulted on curatorial projects for the City of Sydney Council, the Australiana Fund, the Official Establishments Trust (Australia) and the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

Ann has published catalogues, journal articles and books, and curated numerous exhibitions of Australian art, decorative arts and history.

Ann is currently Secretary of the Chinese Australian Historical Society, and worked on the cultural heritage project ‘Tracking the Dragon’.

Cheryl Cumines

Cheryl is a gold miner descendant, her maternal great-great-grandparents who arrived in the 1860s having mined gold near Ballarat in Victoria, while her paternal great-grandfather provided accommodation and ship providoring for the transshipping of Chinese from the Pearl River Delta across the Pacific via King Nam Jang in the Rocks.

Cheryl is a retired teacher, teacher trainer and ESL project officer from the NSW Department of Education and Training. She has been a Justice of the Peace (NSW) since 1991. Cheryl has a BA, Diploma of Education, and Graduate Diploma in TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Cheryl is the President of the Chinese Heritage Association of Australia, having served as Vice-President from 2003 until 2012.

Senior Staff

Tony Stephens

Tony is the Executive Director of MOCA and is currently leading the work of the Museum. Prior to his appointment at MOCA, he was the Director of Artbank where he worked to support and promote Australian artists nationally and internationally.

Tony has extensive experience in creative programming and has delivered numerous exhibition, publication and experiential projects around Australia and, internationally in China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia. Combined, he has nearly twenty years’ experience working in leadership positions across public, private and education sector organisations and a demonstrated ability to build organisational capacity and reach.

Kim Tao

Kim Tao is the Senior Curator at MOCA, where she is responsible for developing the curatorial vision and managing the museum’s collections, exhibitions and research programs. She has a passion for storytelling and community engagement, with research interests in Chinese migration history, Chinatowns and impacts of the White Australia policy.

Kim has worked in curatorial and collection management roles at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Fairfield City Museum & Gallery and Historic Houses Trust. She has curated a range of award-winning exhibitions and digital projections and has also toured exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Kim has presented and published papers in Australia and overseas, and has been a partner investigator on a number of research grants. In 2008 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study partnerships between museums and culturally diverse communities in the UK, Canada and USA. In 2015 she participated in the inaugural CAMD Executive Mentoring Program for emerging women leaders in the cultural sector.

The Board acknowledges with gratitude the contribution of MOCA’s Honorary Consultants:
  • Mr Malcolm Oakes, SC
  • Mr Allan Le Gallant, MBA, MTax, BComm, FCPA, CTA
  • Ms Man-Yee Leanfore, Chinese Language Specialist
  • Mr Robert Yuen, BSc (Arch), BArch, AIA (retired)

Donate

The Museum is currently seeking Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Status so that all future donations may be tax deductible.

Non Tax Deductible Donations:

Cheque:
Please make cheques payable to Museum of Chinese in Australia Limited and mail to:
Museum of Chinese in Australia
PO Box K740, Haymarket NSW 1240

Direct Deposit:
MOCA
BSB: 012-071 (ANZ Bank)
Account number: 640 630 983

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