Provisional Board

Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) is provided with expert guidance through by the nine members of our Provisional Board.

Jane Pochon (Chair) (Sydney)

With expertise developed over a range of roles in law, financial services, insurance and the creative arts, Jane Pochon’s skills include business leadership, board governance, litigation management, and risk and compliance. Most recently she has worked as a Senior Manager, Compliance for Westpac and as the Founder and Principal for pochon + cole.

Jane is currently a Director and Chairperson of Writing NSW and is an Advisory Board Member at Art Money International. Jane is currently studying for a Masters in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Sydney.

Elissa Baillie (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 (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.

Megan Cullen (Albury)

For three years, Megan Cullen has been the AlburyCBD Coordinator for Albury Business Connect. In this role she as coordinated brand aligned design for the “AlburyCBD” campaign to increase the visibility and marketing for 450+ businesses. Megan is currently the Founder and Creative Consultant for We Creative.

Previously Megan has worked in community project roles for young people for St Vincent De Paul Society and Uniting Care. This included programs for disadvantaged youth and providing leadership opportunities for children and young people.

Megan was a member of the MAMA Advisory Committee.

Anne Nolan (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).

Janet Osborne (Albury)

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.

Isobel Parker Philip (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.

Michael Rolfe (Sydney)

Michael Rolfe has spent more than three decades advocating for the arts and as CEO for Museums & Galleries (M&G) NSW, he made strategic contributions to the sector for over a decade. Under his leadership, programs have been delivered across touring, skills development, museum practice, Aboriginal cultural development, devolved funding, research, advocacy and delivery of web-based resources. Prior to his role at M&G NSW, Michael was the inaugural Director of Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre (1999-2010); Director of Mosman Art Gallery (1998-99), and Director of Tamworth Regional Gallery (1989-1998).

Michael has extensive experience on state and national boards, committees and panels. He is currently a board member for both the Museums & History Board – Create NSW and the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Dr Guinever Threlkeld (Albury)

Dr Guinever Threlkeld has effectively led La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga campus since 2019. In this time, she deepened the University’s relationships with local government, business and community, improved campus staff engagement, and persistently advocated for sustainable higher education delivery in regional Victoria. Her research and consultancy work focuses on accessible and effective models of delivery for health and human services in rural and regional communities.

Dr Threlkeld is currently a member of the Equity in Higher Education Panel (appointed by and advising the Federal Minister for Education and Youth); Director Gateway Health; member of the MAMA Advisory Committee and a member of the Albury-Wodonga Health Ethics Committee.