Board of Trustees

Karen Wann has been a practitioner and advocate of Education and the Arts for over 30 years. Karen has a B. Education and History. She has a wide experience in classroom practice and an understanding of the relevance of tertiary education in the Arts. Karen has been a member of the Foundation since 2002 and Chairman from 2010.

Michelle Belgiorno-Nettis Michelle Belgiorno is an exhibiting artist, a company director, and a Director of the not-for-profit Australian Wildlife Conservancy.  She has a BA Fine Arts, BA Honours Japanese and a Master of Commerce. Michelle has a background in corporate communications and extensive experience in the philanthropic sector in Australia, particularly in arts and education.

Charles Lloyd Jones Charles Lloyd Jones is a Retail Consultant, having worked extensively in department, speciality stores and luxury goods across Australia, Asia and America. Experienced as a company Director in listed Australian businesses. Joined the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation in 2009.

BillNeill Bill began his accounting career in 1967 and has worked in Vanuatu, Canada and Australia. Bill joined Frank Clune & Son in 1982. He assists corporate and individual clients with audit, taxation, wealth building and risk management services.

Bill is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Taxation Institute of Australia, and a member of the Securities Institute of Australia and the Financial Planning Association. Bill is married with six children and loves sailing and golf.

BA University of New Hampshire, Diploma, University of Dijon; M.Phil Yale University.

Paula is currently Chair of the S H Ervin Gallery Advisory Committee and Art Director of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation. 


Awards: Woodrow Wilson Fellow and Chevalier des Arts et Lettres.

Past senior appointments:

  • Managing Director, Biennale of Sydney;
  • Director, Art Gallery of Western Australia;
  • Project Officer, Australia Council and coordinator for the opening of the Australian Pavilion at the 1990 Venice Biennale;
  • International Exhibition Manager, Australian Gallery Director’s Council;
  • President of the Art Museums Association of Australia

Past board directorships in the not for profit sector:  

  • the Australian American Fulbright Commission, the Alliance Francaise de Sydney;
  • the Biennale of Sydney;
  • the  Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council.