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: Mr Michael Snare

Michael is a local Canberran and graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy where he received his bachelor degree in Civil Engineering with honours. He also holds a Masters in Business Management (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Michael has a broad range of experience in engineering and project management, with a skill-base founded in major infrastructure design, construction and operations.  Michael’s professional experience has been developed through 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 and major projects.

Michael was founder of Point Project Management.  Established in 2006, Point grew to become one of the largest specialist construction and infrastructure project management consultancies in Australasia with 9 offices and an annual turnover exceeding $50M per annum.  In 2014 Point was acquired by the London Stock Exchange and FTSE 250 listed company, RPS Group where he continued in his role as Managing Director until October 2016.  In recognition of his business achievements with Point, Michael has been recognised as the Australian Institute of Management Owner Manager of the Year.


Treasurer: Ian McShane

Ian is a partner at Callida Consulting and was previously a partner at Oakton and Acumen Alliance.  Ian has extensive experience in financial accounting, risk management, strategic sourcing and project management.  He has a deep understanding and knowledge of government and has advised ministers, departmental secretaries and their staff on matters ranging from new policy initiatives and implementation through to ICT and organisational redesign.  Ian is on the Board of Directors of a number of Canberra based companies.  Ian is a Fellow CPA as well as a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.


Secretary: Pria O’Sullivan

Pria currently holds the position of Special Counsel at King & Wood Mallesons in Canberra and has been practising law for 15 years.  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 and retirement village 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.


Nola Anderson, Director

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 and is currently writing a book on the life and work of Klaus Moje AO.


Joan Uhr, Director

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.


Brendan Smyth, Director

Brendan Michael Smyth is currently the Commissioner for International Engagement within the ACT Government.   He is a former politician and most recently held the role Deputy Leader of the Opposition representing the Canberra Liberals.  He was a member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Brindabella for the Liberal Party from 1998 to 2016. From 2002 to 2006, Smyth was the ACT Leader of the Opposition and served briefly as the Deputy Chief Minister during 2000 and 2001. He has held the ACT portfolios Urban Services, Business, Tourism and the Arts, and Police and Emergency Services.  Prior to his election to the ACT Legislative Assembly, he served briefly as the Member for Canberra in the Australian House of Representatives, also representing the Liberals.



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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