The new DIA Board of Directors and National Advisory Council was announced at the Annual General Meeting, held Thursday 1 November at the DIA office at 27 Derby Street, Collingwood. The DIA is excited and proud to introduce its Board of Directors and National Advisory Council for the 2018-19 period. National President Claire Beale will preside over the Board and National Advisory Council.

DIA Board of Directors

The DIA Board of Directors is responsible for the successful implementation of the National Advisory Council’s strategic vision and objectives, with reference to the DIA value proposition which equips, supports, connects, celebrates, inspires, and advocates on behalf of designers. The DIA Board is also responsible for the good governance of the organisation including financial accountability, legal compliance, risk management and privacy obligations.

  • Gavin Campbell FDIA
    National President; Chair of the Board

    Gavin has long been an advocate of the DIA on a local, state, and national level. He chaired the Western Australian Branch for five years, and acted as a National Director for four years.

    After sixteen years as a Senior Associate with HASSEL, Gavin now provides specialist design consultancy services. His recent collaborations include interior design and architecture, branding and marketing, photography, styling, and graphic design.

    Gavin’s strong passion for design and its value to our culture has motivated him to work to promote the values of good design across the whole community. Gavin is passionate about recognising the changing landscape of design and looks forward contributing to the implementation of the DIA’s strategic vision.

  • Susanna Bilardo LFDIA
    Member Director

    With 25 years of interior architecture and product design experience, Susanna Bilardo brings a unique combination of experience, passion, creativity, and business sense to the table.

    Susanna has made her mark on the design industry as owner and director of Enoki, a multidisciplinary design firm specialising in visual communication and interior architecture. Enoki’s reputation as an innovative, professional design practice is a testament to Susanna’s drive to succeed.

    She has served in a professional advisory capacity or a number of projects, as well as judging on local and national panels to adjudicate the best design outcomes in Australia.

    Susanna’s design philosophy is driven by a desire to move, excite, and challenge end users through thoughtful and functional design solutions. A passionate member of the design community, Susanna has been a strong supporter of the DIA through her involvement with the SA NT branch, continuing this in her new role.

  • Dr Beck Davis MDIA
    Member Director

    Beck holds a Bachelor of Built Environment & Engineering (Industrial Design), Graduate Diploma (Industrial Design) and a PhD in Design from Queensland University of Technology. She has a deep understanding of design industry and education.

    She recently left her role at Griffith University to accept a role as Senior Lecturer in the School of Art and Design at the Australian National University. Through this appointment Beck will continue her work shaping design education.

    Beck is committed to raising the awareness of the broader function of design as a method for shaping creative, ethical and sustainable outcomes. She has achieved this through roles on the National Advisory Panel of ACICIS Creative Arts and Design Professional Practicum, as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Queensland Student Innovation and Entrepreneurs Alliance, and recently as DIA Queensland Branch Chair.

  • Louise Williamson FDIA
    Member Director

    Louise brings over twenty years’ experience in the design industry, specialising in brand strategy and digital product innovation, combined with strong management skills gained through the delivery of many complex enterprise level projects. She holds a Bachelor of Design, worked for a top ten creative agency in London and founded Spinifex design consultancy working with clients including; NSW Treasury Corporation, Qantas and Westfield.

    Louise served as DIA NSW President and DIA Director (2007-2013), was appointed Graphics Principal at Minale Bryce Design Strategy and Global Brand Manager for engineering services firm Aurecon. In 2015 Louise consulted at National Australia Bank’s wealth division, leading the design team in marketing services and various business transformation projects.

    Louise is active within the Sydney start up community cofounding Urban Data Design, a digital product innovation studio focussed on creating smarter, sustainable cities. Selected by City of Sydney Council, she won a place in the Tech Ready Women Accelerator program to develop a digital product that encourages active, engaged and healthy communities.

  • David Clark
    Independent Director

    David Clark has worked in the interior design industry for more than 30 years with a career that combines the textile trade, architecture, interior design, marketing, communications, publishing and curating.

    As Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Living Australia (2003–2012) he helped define an era in Australian residential interior design, elevating Australian designers and the publication globally. In 2012, David was International Editorial Consultant to Condé Nast for the launch of AD China. In 2016, he was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame, and in 2018 made an Honouree of the Australian Design Centre.

    David speaks at industry events, writes for design publications, and curates exhibitions. He edits and designs interiors for private clients, consults to the design industry and advocates for Australian design.

  • Michael Rich
    Independent Director

    Michael has a background in corporate governance, board advisory services, and national risk and compliance. He is currently CEO at Quartomuro, providing fit-outs to retail, commercial, and industrial clients.

    With over 30 years business experience, including 23 years in accounting, 5 years in specialist boutique advisory, and running a small family construction business, Michael’s experiences extend across construction, industrial markets, retail, FMCG, financial services, government, private sector, and PE-backed enterprises.

    Michael has also worked with many non-profit corporates and is on the board of a leading Australian theatre company. Having led a number of large governance and board reform projects, Michael brings indispensable experience to the DIA Board.

  • James Samargis
    Independent Director

  • Domenic Tempone
    Company Secretary

    Domenic Tempone is a certified public accountant and tax expert with wide-ranging experience in providing business development and management advice.

    Whilst he was completing his Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree at RMIT, he worked for a large engineering manufacturing company as the assistant accountant to the chief financial officer and company secretary.

    Domenic specialises in strategic planning and profit improvement strategies that can include business restructuring advice. Also a self-managed superannuation fund specialist, he assists clients with corporate secretarial matters and provides advice on finance, acquisitions and mergers.

    Domenic’s expertise is a valuable addition to the DIA Board in the role of Secretary.

DIA Branches and Councils

The DIA has six branches that represent each state and territory. Each branch runs events and programs for members to help you in your professional life. A branch council (usually of between five to seven councillors) is elected by local branch members. Each state council organises for the needs and interests of their local design constituency.

DIA National Advisory Council

The National Advisory Council comprises of two representatives from all DIA Branch Councils and is the representative body for the DIA membership. It provides strategic guidance, input and advice to the DIA Board.

  • Gavin Campbell FDIA
    National President

    Gavin has long been an advocate of the DIA on a local, state, and national level. He chaired the Western Australian Branch for five years, and acted as a National Director for four years.

    After sixteen years as a Senior Associate with HASSEL, Gavin now provides specialist design consultancy services. His recent collaborations include interior design and architecture, branding and marketing, photography, styling, and graphic design.

    Gavin’s strong passion for design and its value to our culture has motivated him to work to promote the values of good design across the whole community. Gavin is passionate about recognising the changing landscape of design and looks forward contributing to the implementation of the DIA’s strategic vision.

  • Nicholas Karlovasitis FDIA
    NSW Chair; National Councillor

    Nicholas Karlovasitis is an industrial designer, co-founder of DesignByThem, and DIA New South Wales Chair.

    Alongside fellow designer and co-founder Sarah Gibson - together known as GibsonKarlo - Nicholas designs furniture, lighting and accessories and collaborates with designers for the curated DesignByThem collection. Nick strongly believes in education, collaboration and sustainability, and is a frequent speaker at universities and design events around Australia. His passion for good design has led him to create a design focused platform where Australian designers can showcase their work in Australia and abroad.

    Nick graduated with first-class honours in industrial design from the University of Technology Sydney. Having worked for several years in a design consultancy, Nicholas began lecturing in graphic design and tutoring in eco-design at UTS. He has received several awards for his furniture which is now available from the DesignByThem collection.

  • Bradley Schott FDIA
    NSW Deputy Chair; National Councillor

    Bradley has worked in interior design for 20 years, including work with Bates Smart, Design Worldwide Partnership, and HASSEL.

    Specialising in workplace interiors, he also has a broad interest in the economic value created by design and the governance processes, motivations, and moral underpinnings that drive decision making and actions - and how these are impacted by design.

    A New South Wales DIA Branch Councillor since 2014, Bradley was appointed Deputy Chair in 2018. He also chairs the National Design Policy Workgroup for the International Council of Design (ico-D) as a DIA representative, working towards building a resource to aid the implementation and improvement of national design policies for the benefit of both the design industry and the broader community.

  • Paul Turley MDIA
    QLD Chair; National Councillor

    Paul entered the design industry three years ago with a passion and drive for achieving client satisfaction. He is passionate about design education and mentoring the next generation of designers.

    Paul holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Microbiology & Biochemistry), a Master of Social Science (Political Economy), and a Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Commercial/Interior Design) from Torrens University (Billy Blue College of Design).

    With a background in medical research, Paul embraces a multidisciplinary approach to design thinking, and values the combination of scientific and creative approaches to projects.

    He currently works as an interior design academic with Griffith University and as an interior designer and design communicator. He has served on the DIA Queensland Branch Council since 2017.

  • Rosaline De Waal
    QLD Deputy Chair; National Councillor

    French-South African born Roz is the perfect mix bag of left and right brain. Starting her career in Law, she moved quickly into the luxury travel arena and language acquisition training, this led to the move to Australia and her long-suppressed passion for design. Having lived in many cultures and places, Roz has a multifaceted culturally aware approach to design. She is the better half of the Duo that is Unlmtd and adores uncovering the why in everything. Selcouth sees Roz break into a niche of her own, beyond the Art Consultancy in an opportunity to further her design career.

    Her love for the design industry is evident in her involvement, as Deputy Chair for the Queensland Branch of the Design Institute of Australia, Roz is very active and passionate about furthering the design industry and believes strongly that design should go beyond the design industry and infiltrate business and government to further design thinking.

  • Peter Coombs MDIA
    SA NT Chair; National Councillor

    Peter Coombs is a designer, jeweller, and metalsmith based in Adelaide. Specialising in eyewear, Peter’s prolific experience has spanned jewellery, timepieces, flatware, and corporate and ceremonial commissions.

    He made his first pair of spectacles whilst undertaking a Bachelor of Design at the University of South Australia. From there evolved a thirty year journey exploring alternative, innovative ways to form and colour a variety of precious and refractive metals.

    Peter has served on the DIA South Australia Northern Territory Branch Council since 2013, became Vice-Chair in 2014, and took over as Chair in 2015. His design philosophy is driven by the ongoing challenge of resolving artistic design and lively expression with longevity, comfort, and functionality for the wearer. He is most inspired by the characters, ideas, and interactions that he encounters in everyday life.

  • Anna Brown
    SA NT Deputy Chair; National Councillor

    Anna Brown is a lecturer in Product Design at the University of South Australia and has a decade of professional experience as a product and furniture designer in both Australia and Italy.

    A passionate believer in sustainable and social design practices, Anna values collaboration. She is passionate about cross-cultural learning experiences, and has championed a move in design education at the University of South Australia towards creative thinking and hybrid learning modes over traditional skill uptake.

    Anna is a long-standing member of the DIA South Australia Northern Territory Branch Council, serving as co-vice Chair since 2016, and convenor of the South Australian Graduate of the Year Awards. Anna’s involvement with the DIA has driven a long-standing and fruitful relationship with the South Australian education community.

  • Scott Bampton MDIA
    VIC TAS Chair; National Councillor

    Scott graduated with a degree in Interior Design from Swinburne University. He believes firmly in design as a vehicle for societal change and in its capacity to solve simple and complex problems. His extensive experience across multiple industries gives him a profound understanding of the business of design and its role to better serve society. He has a visible passion for the design industry and implements creative solutions and strategic systems to improve the experience of the everyday.

  • Raffaela Arena-Cairney MDIA
    VIC TAS Deputy Chair; National Councillor

    A graduate of Interior Design & Decoration at RMIT University, Raffaela has more than 20 years’ experience as a client relations professional. She draws on her experience in management and design to deliver service standards, promote professional image, and present seamless solutions to client and stakeholder needs.

    Raffaela joined the DIA Victoria Tasmania Branch Council in 2013, and was appointed Deputy Chair in 2018. Drawing on her design experience, Raffaela believes in the necessity of incorporating design thinking, creativity, and lateral thinking in her role as a Business Development Manager of Equifax.

  • Stephen Moorcroft
    WA Chair; National Councillor

    Stephen is an expert in the briefing and strategic direction of commercial workplace interior design projects. He is a UK chartered architect, and has worked in London, Sydney, and Perth. He has been in a design role since 1997, specialised in commercial workplace since 2004, and has led large project and design discipline teams since 2005.

    Stephen has a varied architectural experience, including heritage residential and base build pharmaceutical laboratory projects. As well as new construction materials and technologies, Stephen is passionate about understanding what his clients need to best support their people, the developing nature of workplace demands, and how the physical environment can respond.

    He has increasingly focused on commercial workplace, both in consultant design and client design management roles. He is passionate about addressing clients’ challenges in workplace cultural change, technology integration, collaboration and future flexibility. He is a Principal and national workplace portfolio leader for Hames Sharley.

  • Simon Cheung FDIA
    WA Deputy Chair; National Councillor

    Simon is an industrial designer engaged in both the creative industry and academic circles. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Industrial Design from the Western Australian School of Art, Design, and Media.

    Partner of Aurora Studio Design Practice, established in 2003, Simon is a problem solver who is driven by elegant and engaging solutions. His involvement with and passion for diverse projects has allowed him to work, explore, and play across Australia and Asia. He currently lectures at Curtin University and North Metropolitan TAFE.

    Simon has served on the Western Australian Branch Council for the past 8 years. He is driven by a desire to see stronger support for graduate designers, and a passion for advocating for local Australian designs and designers. Simon draws inspiration from new experiences and adventures, recharging his passion for design and education.

Chief Executive Officer
  • Jo-Ann Kellock FDIA (Hon)

    Jo-Ann is the Chief Executive Officer of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and a leading voice of Australian design. Since 2015, Jo-Ann has overseen new initiatives to enhance the value and competitive success of Australian designers. She is currently in the midst of leading an extensive organisational restructure and governance reform of the DIA.

    Boasting extensive experience working in leadership roles, Jo-Ann most recently brought her skills to the Australian Design Alliance and the Standards Australia CS92 Clothing Sizes Committee. She is also the immediate past Executive Director and CEO of the Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA). With a career spanning business, education, and the not-for-profit sector, Jo-Ann is equipped with a 360 degree understanding of design through practice, education, and good business sense.

    A vocal advocate for design for more than twenty years, Jo-Ann received an Honorary Fellowship in 2014 from the Design Institute of Australia in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the industry.

DIA National Office

The DIA also maintains a small, part time staff headed by a Chief Executive Officer, Jo-Ann Kellock.

  • Caroline Caneva FDIA (Hon)
    Head of Programs and Events

    Caroline is an enthusiastic and motivated marketing professional with a passion for event management and community support within the creative industries. Caroline’s love affair with the DIA began with a six-year stint heading up the Victorian Tasmanian branch, where she earned her reputation as an events and marketing powerhouse. She has extensive experience within the Australian creative, retail, beauty, and not-for-profit sectors, delivering a broad range of both traditional and emerging marketing activities.

    She has recently returned to the DIA with fresh eyes as the Head of National Programs and Events, ready to apply her indomitable will to a new context. With a passion for fast-paced environments, Caroline never backs down from a challenge. She is the youngest recipient of an Honorary Fellowship of the DIA in the organisation’s history, recognised for her dedication to both the Victorian Tasmanian branch and the design community at large.

  • John Gertsakis FDIA(hon)
    Senior Policy Adviser, Industry, Innovation & Sustainabilty

  • Karen Louey
    Executive Assistant to CEO

  • Goran Rupena
    Graphic Designer

    Goran graduated with a Bachelor in Visual Communication and Graphic Design from the University of South Australia in 2005. Before joining the DIA team, he worked for a multidisciplinary design agency where he created innovative design solutions for a diverse client base, working on print, web, multimedia, and photography projects.

    Following his passion for publication design, Goran moved to Melbourne where he worked for a publishing company on digital and print publications for architecture, design, landscape, and related industry professionals. With broad experience across a diverse range of projects, spanning retail and manufacturing industries, corporate clients, and local and state governments, Goran has the skills to approach any brief with creativity and confidence. Each brief presents a fresh challenge, and Goran’s passion is finding creative solutions for every design problem. He has been a Member of the Design Institute of Australia since 2007.

  • Denise Ryan
    Senior Policy Adviser, Creative Industries & Education

  • Tori Tonzing
    Head of Communications and Marketing

    A happy, positive, and passionate communication designer, Tori’s can-do attitude makes her a valuable addition to the DIA office. Tori relishes a challenge and loves to inspire others to make the most of every experience. She has a background in early childhood education, and values face-to-face interaction and empathy in her professional life. Tori holds a Bachelor of Communication Design from Billy Blue College of Design, and brings these values to her design practice.

    In the role as Head of Communications and Marketing, Tori works on the implementation of the national DIA communications strategy across multiple platforms. A born communicator, Tori enjoys the diversity of social interaction her roles allows her to undertake, and harbours a reputation around the office as a social media guru.

Organisation Chart

Constitutional changes

In November 2017 the DIA commenced a number of constitutional changes designed to provide the organisation with greater flexibility and transparency. A Transition Board has been appointed to oversee this process.

Key changes include:

  • Establishment of a National Advisory Council
  • Reduction in Board size from 15 to 8 Directors (DIA National President, 4 DIA members and 3 skills-based independent members)
  • Shorter and less prescriptive constitution to work in conjunction with a DIA Charter.

Download DIA Constitution

Download DIA Charter