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Janet Osborne MAMA Board Chair
Janet Osborne
Chairman, Sydney

Janet Osborne has had a varied career underpinned by Bachelors of Commerce and Laws and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management. She has worked as a lawyer with Hume Riverina Community Legal Service. In this role, in addition to providing legal services to clients, Janet was involved in state-wide planning groups. Previously Janet worked in a variety of project roles with Wodonga Institute of Tafe, Border Trust and NELLEN.

Janet is currently a Board member at Yes Unlimited and is a Director of the Wodonga Central Dental Group. In addition, Janet was the most recent Chair of the MAMA Advisory Committee.

Elissa Baillie
Member, Albury

Elissa Baillie has over 15 years’ experience in sales, marketing and PR in the Arts. She is currently the Sales Director with Simon and Schuster Australia/New Zealand. Leading a team of 20, Elissa develops and drives the B2B and B2C marketing and PR strategy for the organisation and is integral in building strategic partnerships.

Last year Elissa was appointed to the board of Aspire Disability Services in Albury. Aspire provides disability and support services across NSW and Victoria. Previously while working in New York, Elissa volunteered with a not-for-profit organisation on art installation projects with at risk youths.

Lorraine-Connelly-Northey. Photo Jules Boag
Lorraine Connelly Northey
Member, Waradgerie, Holbrook

Born 1962, Wamba Wamba/Latji Latji/Wadi Wadi Country, Swan Hill, Victoria. Lives and works on Waradgerie (Wiradjuri) Country, Narrandera, New South Wales. Waradgerie, Southern Riverine region

The artistic practice of Lorraine Connelly-Northey is influenced by her western and Aboriginal heritage. She works with abandoned, failed and forgotten materials, such as wire and corrugated iron, products of European settlement sourced from rubbish dumps and farms along her tribal boundaries. Connelly-Northey repurposes these materials into sculptural works, employing Aboriginal weaving techniques and referencing traditional objects, such as coolamons (vessels). Through her work Connelly-Northey addresses history and race, and the importance of safeguarding traditional knowledge.

Lorraine was a featured artist in MAMA’s opening exhibition Wiradjuri Ngurambanguu and led a female First Nations artist residency as part of this exhibition. In 2017, Lorraine was commissioned by the MAMA Art Foundation with her epically scaled work ‘On Country’, which maps the path of the Murray River as it courses through the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga.

 Anne Nolan
Anne Nolan
Member, Albury

Anne Nolan worked for over three decades in the education sector including as a Principal at the Thurgoona and Hume Public Schools. As Director Public Schools NSW for the Wagga Wagga Principals Network, she was responsible for 35 principals. In this role she developed and implemented strategic network plans and supported the development of the principals to lead and manage their schools. Anne is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Anne has previously held positions as the Albury Primary Principals Council representative NSW Primary Principals Association State Council, NSW Primary Principals Association Leadership Working Party and President Albury Primary Principals Council. More recently she was the President and Secretary of moMAMA (members of MAMA).

 Isobel Parker Philip
Isobel Parker Philip
Member, Sydney

Isobel Parker Philip is the Senior Curator for Contemporary Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). She was AGNSW’s representative curator for the 2019 edition of The National: New Australian Art, major biennial survey of contemporary Australian practice and a collaborative venture between AGNSW, Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Formerly the Curator of Photography, her curatorial projects at AGNSW include Hold still: The Photographic Performance, 2018 and Shadow catchers, 2020-21. In 2017, she was the coordinating curator of Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium and AGNSW’s managing curator for the 2020 Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN. Isobel has independently curated exhibitions in a range of institutional contexts, most recently Garden Variety: Photography, Politics and the Picturesque at the Royal Botanic Gardens. She also writes and publishes extensively.

A Member of the MAMA Advisory Committee since 2018, Isobel is an advisor for PHOTO Australia and PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography, Melbourne.

Tony Smith smiles at the camera wearing a blue suit and patterned tie. He is standing in front of the MAMA Foyer staircase.
Tony Smith
Member, Albury

Tony Smith is a prominent Albury businessman and philanthropist, and has been involved with the arts in Albury for over 50 years. Tony has been involved with the Museum since its inception, first with Albury Regional Art Gallery (established in the early 1980’s), as the Chairman of the then Board of Trustees, as well as the founding Chair of the Albury Wodonga Regional Arts Foundation (now MAMA Art Foundation). Tony continues to be an active supporter of the Museum and its collection, as Chair the MAMA Art Foundation.

Frank Zaknich
Frank Zaknich
Member, Albury

Frank Zaknich is the CEO of Albury City Council. Frank joined AlburyCity is March 2013 from Broken Hill City Council where he had been the General Manager since 2006. Frank's career has included senior positions in rural and metropolitan councils across NSW and South Australia, and he is highly experienced in community governance, change management and strategic regional planning. Frank is also a Board Member of Museums & Galleries New South Wales (M&G NSW).