Gabrielle Trainor and Michael Lee appointed to NFSA board

10 July, 2012 by Brendan Swift

The government has appointed executive Gabrielle Trainor as the new chair of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA).

She will be joined on the board by former Arts Minister Michael Lee – they replace current chair Chris Puplick and outgoing board member Andrew Pike.


Trainor has led several public, government, private and not-for-profit entities including VicUrban, Best Western Australia and Cape York Partnerships. She is on the board of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, the GWS Giants Australian Football Club and the Whitlam Institute.

Arts minister Simon Crean said the NFSA is poised to further open up access to Australia’s rich history in film and sound, building networks with philanthropists, community organisations and industry.

“Ms Trainor’s experience across private, public and not-for-profit organisations, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Orchestra, will provide valuable strategic direction for the organisation and help position it as a leader of Australia’s cultural heritage institutions. Through her work for the recent review of the Australia Council for the Arts, Ms Trainor has made a significant contribution to the development of a National Cultural Policy which will position the sector to take advantage of 21st century opportunities.”

Minister Crean also said Michael Lee would add bring expertise to the board. “As a former Member of Parliament and Minister for the Arts, Mr Lee brings significant expertise in cultural policy and governance to his position on the board,” Mr Crean said.








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