Board of directors

Julian Knights AO (Chair)

Julian has more than 35 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry, was a Founding Partner of Ironbridge Capital and in 2008 was elected Chairman of AVCAL, the private equity and venture capital industry body, having served four terms on the AVCAL Council.

Julian has devoted a significant amount of time to the Not for Profit sector in Australia. For many years he was a board member and Chair of the Sydney Dance Company; Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts Major Performing Arts Board; board member & Deputy Chair of the Biennale of Sydney and in 2016 he joined the board of Kaldor Public Arts. Julian was Chair of Human Rights Watch Australia until April 2018, having been a founding supporter since its establishment in Australia. Julian and his family are active members of Philanthropy Australia; in addition to their support of a range of social justice and arts projects, they have commenced making impact investments, with a significant commitment to Pollinate Energy.

In June 2016 Julian was made an Officer in the Order of Australia, for services to the Performing and Visual Arts and to the Financial Services Industry.

Helen Argiris 

Helen is the Chair of BDO Australia and the Business Services Partner of BDO Sydney. With a career spanning 30 years in general tax advisory and accounting services, Helen works with private business, fast-growing start-ups and subsidiaries of multinationals. Throughout her career, Helen has held positions on numerous Boards, as independent director or external advisor. In addition to the Sydney Art Quartet, Helen chairs Holdsworth Community Limited and is a Board member of the Art Gallery New South Wales Foundation.

Julia Champtaloup

Julia Champtaloup has worked in fundraising and strategic advice in the non profit sector and has experience in corporate public relations. Most recently, she worked with Art Month Sydney while also writing on arts and literary topics for various online platforms. Currently, she is an active impact capital investor and arts benefactor. Julia holds an MBA from American University (USA) and a Masters of Law (University of Sydney) and is a member of the Directors Circle at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Roanne McGinley Knox

Ro McGinley Knox is a former management consultant in strategy specialising in financial services, having previously completed research work for the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Bank – focused on sustainability and women’s (girls’) education. Currently, Ro is a Partner in a New York based investment firm, which specialises in bringing entrepreneurial ideas to market. Ro is a Director of the Ascham Foundation and a member of Human Rights Watch Australia Committee. Ro studied opera under Mara Waldman and worked with Martina Arroyo, Marnie Nixon and Marcella Reale and performed the roles of First Lady (Magic Flute), Tosca and Elsa (Lohengrin) in New York City, Connecticut, Rome and Nice.  Ro holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. 

Howard Spreadbury

Howard Spreadbury is a retail marketing specialist who has had a long career meshing data and technology with in-store environments for brilliant results. He currently leads M&C Saatchi’s retail unit working with current clients including BWS, Sydney Airport, Freedom, BBQs Galore, Woolworths, Lexus, CBA, NRMA & Tasman Sea Salt. Howard uses data and technology to drive sales for brands while ensuring that emotional engagement is never forgotten. Howard holds a Bachelor of Business (Queensland University of Technology) and a Master of Business Arts (UNSW Australian Graduate School of Management). 

James Beck

James is the founder and Artistic Director of the Sydney Art Quartet. James studied cello performance at the University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Western Australia & Sydney Conservatorium of Music. As a long standing member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra 1999—2012, James performed in many of the major cultural institutions and concert halls of Australia, UK & Europe. Additionally he held the dual role of Artistic Manager, shaping the orchestra's creative and education programs 2007-2010 and then becoming the General Manager of the Foundation for the Historic Houses Trust of NSW 2010-2012.