Adrian Collette

Adrian is the recently appointed CEO of the Australian Council for the Arts. Mr Collette held the position of Chief Executive of Opera Australia, Australia’s largest performing arts company, for 16 years. He also worked in book publishing for a decade, including as Managing Director, Reed Books, a Division of Reed Elsevier. His previous role of Vice-Principal (Engagement) at the University of Melbourne included the oversight of the University’s museums and galleries and its many arts sector partnerships. He has served on the Australia Council Board since 1 July 2013.

Adrian was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2008 for his services to the performing arts, particularly through executive roles with Opera Australia, as a mentor to young artists, to publishing, and to the community.

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Brad Moggridge is a proud Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation (North-West NSW). He grew up in Western Sydney on Darug land and now lives in Canberra on Ngunnawal land.  His family links to the Artstate Tamworth region are through Mum Colleen (Benge, Narrabri) and Nan Brenda Benge (nee: McGrady from Euraba) and Pop Bill (Benge from Boomi).

Brad has over 25 years experience in water and environmental science water management, including policy development, legislative reviews, applied research and project management. He is currently a PhD Candidate (full-time) at the University of Canberra’s Institute for Applied Ecology, on the topic of: Incorporating cultural values and perspectives of First Peoples’ (Aboriginal People) into water planning and environmental water management. In a time where water is most precious and its management so topical, his research-based study shows credible evidence of the value of water for Australia’s First Peoples; and how modern-day water planning can accommodate these values.

To support his PhD with a young family, he is the Special Advisor First Peoples Water with Water Stewardship Australia (WSA) and part-time Indigenous Liaison Officer for Threatened Species Recovery Hub as a part of National Environmental Science Program (NESP), which allows him to engage researchers and Aboriginal communities aiming to protect threatened species through research.