Our Board

The Arts Health Institute is a Company Limited by Guarantee and is governed by a board of eight directors.


Tony Coleman - Chair

BA MBA Hon DBus (Macq) FIAA FAICD. Tony is a non executive director and adviser to a number of leading Australian and international organizations. His background includes extensive senior management experience. Current roles include:

  • Director of AMP Life Limited (& Chairman of the Risk Committee),
  • Director of Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem CRC (& Chair, Audit Committee),
  • Director of Arts Health Institute, and
  • Advisory Board Member, Macquarie University Faculty of Business & Economics
From 2000 until 2008 he was Chief Risk Officer and Group Actuary of Insurance Australia Group (IAG), reporting to IAG’s CEO and a member of IAG’s Group Executive. During his tenure in that role, Standard & Poors recognised IAG as one of only 7 insurers in the world (out of some 250 rated globally) to have “Excellent” risk management processes, the highest rating possible.

Prior to joining IAG, Tony was a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 15 years. His career at PwC included both management roles leading large teams and building significant businesses of the firm, as well as a diverse range of business valuation, corporate finance advisory work for both public and private sector clients.

Tony is a past President of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (IAAust) and a former winner of the IAAust’s “Actuary of the Year” award. He has also held various leadership roles in the International Actuarial Association (IAA).

In recent years, Tony has also maintained an ongoing interest in climate change as a Director of Low Carbon Australia (LCA) which co-invested $100 million with the private sector in a range successful energy efficiency projects from 2010 to 2014. He also served as a Director of Max BUPA Health Insurance Limited (in India) from 2009 to 2015. Both LCA and Max Bupa were start-up entities when he joined their boards.

Macquarie University awarded Tony an Honorary Doctor of Business Degree in 2011 in recognition of his contributions to risk management, institutional investment and climate change.

Tony has been a sailor all his life and can be found racing sailboats on Sydney Harbour with family and friends on most weekends. He skippered divisional winning yachts at Hamilton Island Race Week in both 2003 and 2011.



Dr Maggie Haertsch is a co-founder and CEO of the Arts Health Institute.

With over 30 years experience in the health care industry, Maggie began her career as a registered nurse and midwife and holds a PhD in Behavioural Sciences in Medicine.  She has worked in a number of academic, teaching and research positions and undertaken roles as a health consultant in East Timor and remote areas of Australia with additional business experience in Australia, the UK and USA.

Maggie is passionate about improving lives through the integration of the arts into all aspects of health and aged care.  Under her leadership she has introduced a number of arts in health initiatives and has grown the Arts Health Institute from a start-up to a major employer of artists nationally as well as increasing the Institute’s research and education programs.

Maggie is the recipient of a number of awards, including Enterprise Woman of the Year and PricewaterhouseCoopers X-Factor award for best innovation contribution to Australian industry. In 2015, Maggie was a finalist in the United Nations Australian Association’s Media Peace Prize Awards for her work promoting positive images of ageing and in the same year she was named in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac awards as one of the 100 Women of Influence.



Shamal joined JBWere’s Philanthropic Services Team in November 2012 and has led the team since December 2014. Shamal provides specialist advice to both non-profit organisations and private clients in areas ranging from the structuring of philanthropic giving to governance structures and organisational strategy.

Prior to joining JBWere, Shamal worked within the financial services and trustees industries where he gained significant experience in advising high net worth individuals on their philanthropic structures, managing trusts and foundations (including PAFs), and constructing charitable foundation investment portfolios.

Shamal is currently a Director of the Arts Health Institute, Council Member of Centre of Social Impact’s Sydney Advisory Council and a Member of the Cure Cancer Australia Foundation Advisory Committee.



Keryn Curtis is a journalist, editor, communication strategist and marketing consultant and was founding editor of the respected magazine and news website, Australian Ageing Agenda, for almost ten years to October 2013.  She is currently editor and columnist for Frank and Earnest – a news service and blog for older people living in retirement villages and in the wider community.

As a writer, Keryn is a campaigner against ageism, with a mission to create inclusive, expressive and supportive communities for all ages. She joined the board of the Arts Health Institute in 2014.  She is also a foundation director of CommonAge, the Commonwealth Association on Ageing.

At a personal level, Keryn harbours a frustrated ‘inner architect’ whom she has long appeased through hobby-based architectural drawing and design and her love of painting and drawing.  She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Humanities [media and film studies] from Griffith University.

Melinda Upton  

Melinda Upton

Melinda has years of experience acting for companies across a range of sectors including building materials, construction, fashion and retail, hospitality and leisure, real estate and technology.  Melinda is across all aspects of intellectual property asset protection, compliance, exploitation and enforcement and works with clients side by side with her corporate, financial services and insolvency colleagues on the acquisition, divestment, development and exploitation of intellectual property assets and has specific experience in restructuring intellectual property assets. Melinda regularly presents on protecting and maximising the value of intellectual property assets including on trade mark rights, design rights, advertising, passing off, corporate branding and rebranding strategies and dispute resolution procedures.

Melinda is the Head of DLA Piper's Intellectual Property & Technology practice in Australia. Melinda is the Chair of our Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW) Committee in Australia and Co-Chair's our global LAW. Melinda has played an active role in the mentoring and development of women over many years. She believes strongly in the female talent we have within corporate and government organisations across Australia and is passionate about the need to ensure that our leadership population better reflects the depth and breadth of this talent.

Melinda is listed as a recommended lawyer in Intellectual Property in the World Trade Mark Review since 2011. Commentators brand her as a 'highly efficient and active partner with strong client skills and "maintaining a consistent standard of excellence". The “fabulous” Melinda Upton has made impressive strides in developing the practice group during her two years at the helm; she shines as a “difference-maker” in the areas of brand strategy, portfolio management and enforcement. From 2009, Melinda has been listed as a "recommended lawyer" in the Intellectual Property category of Legal 500 Asia Pacific and described as delivering "a practical and complete answer which doesn't require extensive research and unnecessary expense". Melinda was recently recognised as a notable practitioner by Chambers Global 2016.

Melinda has also been an NSW  MS Angels Committee member since 2012 .and has also been on the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation board committee since 2015.

When Melinda isn't working, you'll find her enjoying backyard cricket with her family, on the tennis court or doing "the bay" with one of her running friends.


Troy Cairns

Troy is a Director of Quest Asset Partners, a boutique fund manager investing over $1 billion on behalf of wholesale institutional clients and individuals.

Troy invests across the broad range of opportunities offered by the Australian stockmarket. He is also responsible for Quest’s significant healthcare investments. This brings him into regular contact with business leaders across the spectrum of healthcare services in Australia, as well as key government personnel.

Troy qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon and practiced in Australia and the UK during the 1990s. 

With a passion for finance, he completed a MBA which led to a career in investment banking.  As a Director in equity capital markets, Troy advised companies looking to float or raise capital on the stockmarket and held various positions with Rothschild Australia, ABN AMRO Rothschild and UBS. Prior to joining Quest, Troy was a Director of Channel Financial Communication, an early pioneer in investor relations in Australia.

Troy has developed an appreciation of the challenges facing the healthcare system in Australia and is passionate about improving the way we serve the growing healthcare needs of the community.

Being the father of three energetic boys, Troy also finds himself immersed in sport in all its facets. He is a keen swimmer and cyclist and is trying to get back into surfing to keep up with his eldest son. He also enjoys participating in the occasional team triathlon with his wife.


Contact Us

Email: ahi@artshealthinstitute.org.au

Address: 246 Forbes Street,
Darlinghurst Sydney NSW 2010


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