Board & Governance

Canberra Glassworks Ltd was established in July 2006 to manage the operations of the Canberra Glassworks. Canberra Glassworks Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation.


Chair: Nola Anderson

Nola Anderson has over 30 years’ experience working in the cultural sector, with 25 years at the Australian War Memorial, first as a curator and later in senior management. In 2012 she was Acting Director of the Memorial, and prior to that she held various positions including Assistant Director National Collection, and Head of the Photographs, Film and Sound Collection. Nola has published extensively in the arts and museum field. Her most recent publication is The Australian War Memorial: Treasures from a Century of Collecting, published in 2012. She has been the recipient of various awards and fellowships, including a Smithsonian Institution International Fellowship in Museum Studies, Washington USA, 1998 and an Australia Council Research Grant in 1990. In addition to her BA in Fine Arts from Sydney University and a Diploma of Education from Sydney Teachers College, she has a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, Flinders University. Nola is now Director of Nola Anderson Consulting.


Deputy Chair: Mr Michael Snare

Michael is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy where he received a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering with honours. He also holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the AGSM and is an accredited Project Director through the Australian Institute of Project Management. Michael is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, where in 2014 he was awarded Australian Owner-Manager of the Year for his efforts as founder and Managing Director of Point Project Management, which was acquired by FTSE 250 company, RPS Group.   Michael has a broad range of experience in engineering and project management, with a skill-base founded in major projects, infrastructure design, construction and operations. Michael’s professional experience includes both public and private sector roles and this, combined with his hands-on and personable communication style, has enabled him to manage extremely complex capital works programs, major projects and governance roles. Michael is currently a Board member of the Radford Foundation.


Treasurer: Ian McShane

Ian is a specialist in financial and ICT systems reviews, strategic sourcing and governance. He has extensive planning, management, and business skills designed to improve business outcomes, accountability and risk management.  He excels in projects where he can work with organisations to align new or existing information systems with redesigned business processes leading to enterprise-wide business solutions and effective risk management. Taking a key role to assist agencies manage risk, Ian provides a broad strategic perspective drawn from extensive experience in government and commerce.

With an aptitude for business planning and implementation, Ian has led teams of professionals in the delivery and implementation of major projects designed to improve business outcomes. Previously, Ian was a Partner in the Strategic Sourcing and Risk Management practice at Oakton and prior to that a Senior Partner in the Systems Consulting practice at Acumen Alliance ACT.


Secretary: Pria O’Sullivan

Pria currently holds the position of Special Counsel at King & Wood Mallesons in Canberra. She advises both private and government clients on a wide range of property, construction and planning law matters from complex commercial leasing, acquisition and disposal of land and buildings in the ACT and other jurisdictions, infrastructure contracts as well as advice on the dual planning system in the ACT.  Pria also advises aged care operators on aged care regulatory matters.

In the government space, Pria also advises on procurements for property management services and construction-related goods and services, such as workstations, furniture and demountable equipment, and has in recent years expanded her practice to a broader range of government procurement and contracting matters.

Over her career Pria has played an active role in pro-bono matters including lease advisory services to ACT community legal services and assisting local charity “Send Hope Not Flowers” to incorporate and obtain charitable status. She is a Member of the Property Council of Australia’s Planning and Sustainability Committee. She is also a Member of the KWM Summer Clerk Recruitment Committee and is a Class carer at the Southern Cross Early Childhood School.


Joan Uhr

Joan Uhr has held many senior positions at the Australian National University, most recently as Director of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation. For several years she was responsible for the ANU Endowment and during that time had responsibility for alumni development, advancement services and managing philanthropic support to the university. Prior to this appointment, Joan was Director of Executive Programs at the ANU Business School and Director of the Office of the Vice Chancellor.

Prior to coming to the ANU Joan held senior executive positions in three different Australian Government portfolios- Industry, Education, and Employment- and with the US Department of Labor, Washington, for two years. Joan represented Australia at a range of APEC and UN forums and has been a company director on several business service organisations.

Joan was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Australian Honours List, 1994, and awarded a Centenary Medal for Service to the Public Sector in 2001.


Mr John Liangis

John Liangis is a born and bred Canberran, educated at Canberra Grammar and a graduate of the Canberra School of Art with a (BA (VA), Painting). For several years after completing his studies he pursued a full time career in Painting and exhibited with the Canberra Contemporary Art Space and Gallery Constantinople. He has travelled extensively to Europe, United States and Canada. His occupation is Property and Investment Management. John has designed and constructed a significant Neo Classical House in the Canberra suburb of O’Malley. Its architectural detail demonstrates his in-depth knowledge of and passion for Classical Architecture. He is an exponent of the Architect Quinlan Terry and his other passions are Painting, Portraiture, Photography, Music and Cinema.





Ms Kirstie Rea

Having established her studio in 1987, following her graduation from the Glass program at the Canberra School of Art, Kirstie has over the past 27 years continued to develop her practice to become internationally recognised and respected for her works in glass.

She has exhibited widely internationally and her work has been included in numerous Australian Glass survey shows. Kirstie has had solo exhibitions in Australia, the USA, New Zealand and Hong Kong and her work is now included in international collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the National Gallery of Australia and the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung Foundation in Munich Germany.

Kirstie was a staff member of the Glass Workshop, Australian National University from 1987 -2003, and was the inaugural Creative Director at the Canberra Glassworks, Australia between November 2006 to February 2008. She has taught in her field of kiln formed glass and cold working techniques across the world since 1987. These teaching venues include Pilchuck Glass School USA, the Corning Studio, USA, Pittsburgh Glass Centre, USA, North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland and Vetroricerca School in Bolzano Italy.

Between 2003 – 2005 Kirstie served on the Board of Directors for the Glass Art Society (USA) and was closely involved in the organisation and running of three international glass conferences. She also served on the Board of Directors of Ausglass and was a co-chair for the 14th biennial Ausglass conference Open House, held in January 2008. In 2009 Kirstie received the Ausglass Honorary Life Membership Award for her contribution to the education of glass in Australia, in 2014 was awarded the 2015 CAPO Fellow Award (Canberra Arts Patrons’ Organisation) and for 2016 has received the Canberra Glassworks Fellowship.


Ms Ellen Collins

Ellen has had a somewhat chequered career with over 20 years’ experience in government administration, many of those in tertiary education. Although a relative late-comer to the world of glass, she has always been involved in creative pursuits (photography, cake decorating and home crafts to name a few).  Ellen completed her BVA (majoring in glass) at ANU in 2008 after her studies were interrupted by an opportunity to live overseas.  This overseas experience broadened her horizons immensely and she developed an avid interest in other cultures.  It also provided many opportunities to travel throughout Europe and the Middle East and she has been fortunate to have travelled widely since.  Ellen is a member of Ausglass and was the ACT representative in 2009/10. She has been affiliated with the Canberra Glassworks since 2007 in a variety of roles, predominantly as an educator and technical assistant to established artists. Typically a “Jill of all trades and master of none” but hopefully this broad experience will be an advantage in her role as board member.



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