Lynda Dorrington is the Executive Director of FORM, a cultural organisation based in Perth. Since taking up the role in 2000, Lynda has overseen FORM's transition into an active industry body for Western Australia's design and craft practitioners, which works to advance the interests of the creative industries and acts as a catalyst for cultural development and debate through programs such as Creative Capital.
Prior to leading FORM, Lynda was commercial director at the Art Gallery of Western Australia and a Director of the Writer's Festival for the Perth International Arts Festival. She also worked for many years in the private sector.
Gillian McCracken is a freelance curator and writer. She has been a participant in contemporary craft practice for over 30 years, initially as a ceramic artist, and through active leadership in major craft organizations in NSW and nationally. She joined the Australia Council in 1986 and worked for nine years in a senior policy position with special reference to arts marketing, and support for contemporary craft practice and practitioners through a targeted range of programs.
Her curation has covered many aspects of Australian craft practice, including glass and textiles, and Australian social history. She curated Material Instincts for Ausglass at the Manly Regional Art Gallery and Museum in 2005 and wrote the catalogue essay for the 2005 Ranamok Glass Prize. Gillian and her husband have a large collection of contemporary Australian ceramics and Aboriginal art.
John Odgers is the Senior Export Adviser - Arts, Culture & Entertainment for Austrade, based in Sydney. In addition to providing specialist advice to arts businesses who wish to export, he co-ordinates a network of 24 export advisers and business development managers in Australia and in 14 overseas markets. This network provides advice and assistance to exporters in the creative industries when they are beginning their export journey, and also once they are in the market.
John is the central point for providing advice on the creative industries to Austrade staff, as well as advising on policy and strategy formulation for arts export programs.
Andy Plummer is an Executive Director of Excel Coal Ltd. He and his wife, Deirdre, collect contemporary glass from Australia and New Zealand.