Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November
International philanthropy expert Russell Willis Taylor, President and CEO of National Arts Strategies (2001-14) and Executive Director of the English National Opera (1997-2001) will present two keynote addresses (development and governance). Antonia Ruffell, CEO of Australian Philanthropic Services, will also be featured. See the program schedule.
Russell Willis Taylor
Russell Willis Taylor, President and CEO of US-based National Arts Strategies from January 2001 to January 2015, has extensive senior experience in strategic business planning, financial analysis and planning, and all areas of operational management. Educated in England and America*, she served as director of development for the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art before returning to England in 1984 at the invitation of the English National Opera (ENO) to establish the Company’s first fund-raising department. During this time, she also lectured extensively at graduate programs of arts and business management throughout Britain. From 1997 to 2001, she rejoined the ENO as executive director.
Russell has held a wide range of managerial and Board posts in the commercial and nonprofit sectors including the advertising agency DMBB; head of corporate relations at Stoll Moss; director of The Arts Foundation; special advisor to the Heritage Board, Singapore; chief executive of Year of Opera and Music Theatre (1997); judge for Creative Britons and lecturer on business issues and arts administration. She received the Garrett Award for an outstanding contribution to the arts in Britain, the only American to be recognised in this way, and has served on the boards of A&B (Arts and Business), Cambridge Arts Theatre, Arts Research Digest and the Society of London Theatre. She was part of the founding team with Diana, Princess of Wales, for the National Aids Trust in the UK.
Russell currently serves on the boards of the Salzburg Global Seminar, the Arts Management program at American University, the British Council’s Arts & Creative Economy Advisory Group, Fractured Atlas and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2013, Russell was honored with the International Citation of Merit by the International Society for the Performing Arts, presented in recognition of her lifetime achievement and her distinguished service to the performing arts. She has written a number of articles on arts management and policy issues in arts and culture and is currently taking a year away from work for research and relaxation.
* BA degree with honors, Randolph Macon Womens College; Undergraduate certificates in art history and literature from Kings College Cambridge University and New College Oxford respectively.
Antonia Ruffell is CEO of Australian Philanthropic Services, a not-for-profit organisation that establishes and administers private and public ancillary funds and provides grantmaking advice. She works with individuals and families, and the advisers who support them, to help them set up and run foundations, and be more effective in their giving.
Antonia’s career spans the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Australian Philanthropic Services, she held senior roles with Perpetual Trustees, the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation, Mission Australia, ING Australia, and The Prince’s Trust in the UK. Antonia also sits on the Board of The Social Outfit, a charity that helps refugees with education and employment.