New Appointments Boost NGV’s Breadth And Depth
The State Government today announced three new appointments to the National Gallery of Victoria’s Council of Trustees, Bruce Parncutt, Jason Sau Lee Yeap and Rino Grollo.
Arts Minister Mary Delahunty welcomed the three appointments to the governing body of the Gallery and said they were joining at an important time, following the $168 million redevelopment and remodelling of the St Kilda Rd gallery.
“The NGV is one of Melbourne’s most-loved institutions, and the Gallery’s Council of Trustees play an important leadership role in bring art and people together in the most inspired ways,” Ms Delahunty said.
“Cultural centres like the NGV are part of what makes Victoria the best place to live and raise a family.”
“The diverse programming of Australian and international artists is providing visitors with access to some of the greatest works of art ever created. Next month the Dutch Masters from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the second Melbourne Winter Masterpieces will open, reinforcing Melbourne’s premier position for arts audiences,” she said.
The inaugural 2004 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces blockbuster, The Impressionists, was the most successful Australian exhibition ever, with more than 380,000 visitors. Next year the NGV will host an exhibition of works by the Spanish master Pablo Picasso.
Bruce Parncutt has a 30-year career in investment management, investment banking and stockbroking. Mr Parncutt is currently principal of Lion Capital, an investment management and investment banking firm. He is also director of a number of private and public companies and not-for-profit organisations.
Jason Sau Lee Yeap is the chairman of Mering Corporation and is involved in property investment and development. Mr Yeap is a founding member of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the South Yarra Indo-Chinese Association and a senior partner at Stamford Lawyers.
Rino Grollo, Chairman of Directors of the construction, tourism and property development company Grollo Group, is also a director of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia and the Italian Australian Institute. He is also a member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce.
Ms Delahunty said the three new trustees would consolidate the depth of knowledge and experience that exists within the NGV Council of Trustees under the leadership of NGV President Allan Myers QC. The three appointments fill vacancies on the NGV’s Council of Trustees that were created following the retirement of Chris Brown and Alison Inglis and the appointment of Allan Myers as President of Trustees.
NGV Director Dr Gerard Vaughan welcomed the three appointments.
“This is a particularly interesting time for the NGV. We have come through a major redevelopment program with two exceptional buildings and are now able to focus our attention not only on presenting magnificent exhibitions and programming initiatives to capture the public imagination, but also to work hard on increasing our endowment to allow the NGV to remain competitive in the area of new acquisitions,” Dr Vaughan said.