Organisation and Board Members
The Australia-Korea Foundation currently consists of a six-member part-time Board with a Chair and five Ordinary Members, as well as an ex-officio representative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The Chair is appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Ordinary Members are appointed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Board meets several times each year to consider policy directions and to decide on projects and grants. AKF Board members are drawn from a wide cross section of the Australian community. While some members have particular expertise in the field of Australia-Korea relations, others have been selected for their particular skills and knowledge in relation to aspects of Australian society.
The management and day-to-day operations of the Foundation is carried out by a Secretariat located within DFAT, and is staffed by officers of the department.
Current board membership
Mr David Palmer
David Palmer, the former Managing Director of Meat and Livestock Australia, was raised with a farming and livestock production background and has held a number of positions in the Australian red meat industries. Mr. Palmer has been traveling to Korea for business purposes for over two decades and has established strong links within the commercial sector in Korea.
After serving six years as Executive Director of The Cattle Council of Australia, he joined the Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation in 1995, managing food safety and quality assurance programs.
In 1998, Mr. Palmer joined the newly formed Meat and Livestock Australia Limited and helped establish the company in his role as General Manager, Industry Affairs and Communication, based in Sydney. He left this role to be the North American Regional Manager in December 2002, and represented the interests of the Australian beef, sheep meat and goat industries throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico from 2003-2006 and in February 2006, Mr Palmer was appointed Managing Director. Mr Palmer retired from Meat and Livestock Corporation in 2011.
Dr Bronwen Dalton
Dr Bronwen Dalton is Director of the Centre for Australian Community Organisations and Management; Coordinator of the Masters of Community Management and Student Ombudsman at the University of Technology, Sydney.
From 1992 to 1995, Dr Dalton was Assistant and later Acting Director of the National Korean Studies Centre (NKSC) and a Lecturer of Korean Language and Studies at the Universities of Melbourne and Swinburne. Dr Dalton completed her D.Phil in 2001 at the University of Oxford where she researched the sources of political corruption in South Korea. She also has a BA from the Australian National University (ANU) and a MA from Yonsei University, Seoul.
Dr Dalton has published various Korea-related academic articles and chapters as well as reports for government including an export guide for Austrade and a report on Korean language teaching for the National Institute for Language and Literacy. She has lived, studied and worked in Korea for several years and speaks Korean.
Ms Jacquie Riddell
Jacquie Riddell is a creative strategist and general manager with over 25 years experience in media and marketing innovation and leadership. She has created television channels and radio stations; new program formats and digital media concepts; developed world-famous marketing initiatives; led large teams and overseen large television productions.
She has particular skills in media brand development and a track record building successful and high profile media brands.
Jacquie is presently a Consultant in Marketing and Communications for Barangaroo, the new harbour side urban precinct being created in Sydney’s CBD.
She was the Director of Marketing at SBS for the 6 years, leading a large division responsible for the brand management, creative direction, audience research, content strategy, advertising and promotion of SBS TV, radio and online. Her work at SBS included development of the organisation’s new brand platform ‘Six (now Seven) Billion Stories and counting…’ as well as the creation of arts channel STUDIO, and has won numerous international creative awards.
Jacquie is highly experienced in digital media creation, having created social media strategies, web sites, mobile initiatives, consumer databases, digital/ITV television applications and mobile apps. She does pro-bono work for several organisations. When not changing the media landscape with new ideas, she can be found in the bush around a campfire, tending to her native garden or in the waves with the kids.
Mr James Casey
James Casey is a Division Director of Macquarie Bank Limited.
Mr Casey joined Macquarie in 2000 as the International Business Development Manager for the Bank's Securitised Lending division, and during that time worked on business expansion projects in Korea, China and throughout South East Asia. In 2003 he established Macquarie Securitisation China in Shanghai and an associated home loan broking business. Since 2005, Mr Casey has undertaken various roles within the Australian business and is currently head of Mortgage Products within the Macquarie Adviser Services division.
Mr Casey has had a long association with Korea. He was born in Seoul and spent the first 8 years of his life there. He subsequently worked in Korea as a lawyer (1989-1991) and Trade Commissioner/Senior Trade Commissioner in the Australian Embassy (1995-2000). He has also made numerous business trips to Korea during his time at Macquarie Bank.
Mr Casey has been a member of the Australia Korea Business Council Executive as well as having a long association with the Australia Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NSW) firstly as Secretary during his university student days and then more recently as President in the mid-2000s.
Mr Casey is a Korean speaker.
Prof Michael Manton
Former Chief of the Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre from 1984 until his retirement in 2006. He now has a part-time position as Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University.
He has been a member of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and chair of the Atmospheric Observation Panel (AOPC) of the Global Climate Observation System (GCOS).
From 2002 until 2006, he was chair of the National Committee for Earth System Science of the Australian Academy of Science. From 1998 to 2011, he chaired the Peer Review Committee for the Ambient Air Quality National Environment Protection Measure.
Currently Chair of the WCRP Observation and Assimilation Panel and a member of the WMO Expert Team on Weather Modification Research. He is Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee for the Monsoon Asia Integrated Regional Study (MAIRS) and is leading the climate synthesis of the Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN).
Professor Manton is a former member of the Board of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and is Chair of the ATSE International Strategy Group. He is a member of the Science Panel for the South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative (SEACI).
Gillian Bird, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Ms Bird serves as Ambassador to ASEAN and carries responsibility for the East Asia Summit. She represents the department on the Australia-Indonesia Institute, the Australia-Malaysia Institute, the Australia-Thailand Institute, the Australia-China Council, the Australia-Japan Foundation, the Australia-Korea Foundation and the Strategic Policy Coordination Group. She chairs the Pandemic Contingency Task Force and the Department's Audit and Risk Committee. Ms Bird also attends, as required, the National Crisis Committee.