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Alan Joyce & Christine Evans join MCA Board

Media Release, Alan Joyce AC and Dr Christine Evans join MCA Board, Museum of Contemporary Art, 5 September 2019

[Sydney, 05 September 2019] The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) today announced the appointment of two new board members, Alan Joyce AC, CEO of Qantas Group, and Dr Christine Evans. Dr Christine Evans has also been appointed as the new Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Board (IAG).

Chairman of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Simon Mordant AM, welcomed the appointment of Alan Joyce and Dr Christine Evans to the Museum’s Board of Directors.

“I am very much looking forward to working with our two newest board members to achieve the MCA’s vision, ambitions and values. Alan Joyce has been involved with the MCA for over ten years, he is a true leader, I have no doubt that his passion, influence and innovation will be welcomed by each of our board members,” he said.

“Dr Christine Evans’ appointment is equally encouraging, her knowledge and years of experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and education will be valued by the Museum and its staff,” Simon Mordant AM added.

Alan Joyce is one of Australia’s leading businesspeople, having steered the Qantas Group since 2008 including through a major corporate turnaround. Over the years, Alan has been a strong supporter of marriage equality, gender equality and Indigenous reconciliation, with long term interests in contemporary art.

Following the announcement of his appointment Alan Joyce said: “I’m honoured to be joining the MCA’s board, which is filled with talented and passionate people. I’ve had a long association with the MCA and I’m a big believer in the innovation that lies at the heart of contemporary art. I’m really looking forward to working with the rest of the board to strengthen the Museum’s vision.”

Dr Christine Evans is a Wiradjuri woman with cultural connection to the Mudgee region of NSW. She came to her current role as Chief Education Officer, Aboriginal Education at the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), following 15 years of working in teacher education at University Technology Sydney in Visual Arts Education and Aboriginal Education. Prior to this, Christine worked as a secondary visual arts teacher/head teacher at public and independent schools across NSW. Christine’s research focuses on Aboriginal voice in educational processes.

On her appointment Dr Christine Evans commented: “I am delighted to join the MCA’s Board especially to be appointed as the new Chair of the Indigenous Advisory Group. The Museum is a thought leader in the way it works with Aboriginal artists, arts and cultures. I look forward to working with the Museum and the other IAG members.”

Alan Joyce AC and Dr Christine Evans join MCA Board Members Simon Mordant AM, Chairman, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, MCA Director, Ari Droga, Michael Hawker AM, Naomi Parry, Scott Perkins, Patricia Piccinini, Ann Sherry AO, Lorraine Tarabay, Nick Tobias, and Ivan Wheen.

The MCA’s Indigenous Advisory Group Members are Uncle Ray Davison, Dr Christine Evans, Jonathan Jones, Matt Poll, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, and Matthew Walsh.

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