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Advisory council

Ms Kirsty Danby

Director, Platform Communications

Kirsty has 17 years’ experience in the corporate communications and public relations arenas. Kirsty has worked as an in-house consultant for BHP Billiton, Woodside Energy and Alcoa providing strategic communications and issues management advice to clients.

In addition to her role at Platform Kirsty serves as a committee member for AOG Women event and a board member for SolarisCare Foundation and the WA Mining Club.

Since establishing Platform Communications in 2006 Kirsty has led to the company’s rise to become the fourth largest communications company in Western Australia, based on staff numbers.

Glenn Iseger-Pilkington

Curator Content Development, New Museum Project at Western Australian Museum

Glenn Iseger-Pilkington is a member of the Wadjarri, Nhanda and Nyoongar peoples of Western Australia and is also of Dutch and Scottish ancestry. He spent the first half of his life living in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and has since 1994 lived on Nyoongar Country in the South West corner of Western Australia and currently resides in Perth. Glenn undertook his formal art training at the School of Contemporary Art, Edith Cowan University majoring in Printmaking has worked within the visual arts sector over the last decade as an arts development officer, curator, advisor and advocate for Indigenous Australian artists. Glenn is also an author and is passionate about writing on subject matters which include contemporary Indigenous identity, hybridity, colonisation, Indigenous history and lived experience.

In August 2014 Glenn took up the role of Curator Content Development, New Museum Project, Western Australian Museum after a short period of time in the role of Project Officer Indigenous Arts at the Department of Culture and the Arts. Glenn will be working on developing the content for the new Western Australian museum, set to open in 2020. Prior to this Iseger-Pilkington held the position of Associate Curator of Indigenous Objects and Photography at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (2007-2014). Most recently Glenn has been involved in the curatorial development of the major International exhibition ‘Van Gogh, Dalí and Beyond: The World Reimagined’ opening June 2013, and also in the development of ‘Desert River Sea: Kimberley Art Then & Now’, a significant visual arts initiative working with artists across the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Glenn curated the prestigious ‘Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards’ on two occasions and been involved in other significant projects such as ‘Larraktij: The Kerry Stokes Collection’ and ‘Culture Warriors: The National Indigenous Art Triennial’.

Mr Neil Kavanagh

Chief Science & Technology Manager, Woodside Energy

As Chief Technology Manager, Neil is responsible for Woodside Energy’s Strategic Technology Plan which governs innovation and technology planning throughout the company.

Graduating from UMIST, Manchester with degrees in Engineering and Management, Neil’s technical and leadership skills have been developed during roles in upstream production and development in the UK North Sea, Brunei, Middle East and Australia. Technical roles in Field Engineering, Technical Safety, Major Maintenance, Production Operations, and Production Technology preceded a stint in business assurance before becoming the company’s technology manager in 2006

Dr Jim Gill

Ex-Chancellor Curtin University (2010-2012)

Dr Gill graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with First Class Honours from The University of Western Australia (UWA) in 1968 and a PhD (in the field of computer-aided design) from Cambridge University, England, in 1972. Dr Gill’s career commenced with the WA Main Roads Department in 1973.

Through to 1987 Dr Gill’s contributions included bridge design and pavement/ foundation engineering to major reviews of the organisation and re-negotiation of road funding arrangements. From 1988 to 1995 Dr Gill was WA’s Commissioner of Railways, during which time the new northern passenger line from Perth to Joondalup was completed on time and under budget. He dramatically improved the Railways’ financial performance and also proposed the formation of the National Rail Corporation that greatly improved Australian mainland transport.

In 1995 Dr Gill worked as the Chief Executive Officer of the Water Corporation, Western Australia. During this time he successfully managed the State’s water supply through the driest four years on record, 2001 – 2004. Dr Gill has overseen about $1 billion in investment in infrastructure. In 2010 Dr Gill was named as Chancellor of Curtin University, received the International Water Association’s Grand Award in recognition of WA’s leadership in adapting to drying climate and was also made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO).

Mr Geoff Warn

WA Government Architect

Geoff Warn was appointed as WA Government Architect in November 2013.He is a highly respected practitioner and director of Donaldson + Warn, an award-winning multidisciplinary design studio with a strong reputation for design expertise and with extensive experience in architecture, urban design and master planning.

Geoff has amassed 33 years experience across many aspects of architectural practice including a long-standing commitment to architectural education. Geoff has taught at both schools of architecture in Perth and has lectured in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle, Berkeley (USA), San Francisco, Kuala Lumpur and Berlin. He was an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and Adjunct Professor to the School of Fine Arts at Curtin University. Geoff attended the Domus Academy Winter School Masterclass, has a Masters of Architecture from RMIT and from 2005 to 2010 Geoff held the position of Professor of Architecture at Curtin University.

He has been actively involved on a range of government and institutional advisory review boards and awards panels including the Perth Waterfront Design Review Panel, LandCorp’s Design Review Panels, Northbridge Link Design Review Panel and the 2008 RAIA National Awards Panel. He is also a keen advocate for the value of the arts.