Design Advisory Panel

The Reserve Bank formed the Design Advisory Panel in 2011 to provide input into narrative and contextual design elements of the next generation of Australian banknotes. The panel consisted of six subject-matter experts across a range of fields, including design, Australian art and history, and banknote development and production.

Mr Tony Ellwood

National Gallery of Victoria

Tony Ellwood is the Director of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). He began his career as an Aboriginal Art Coordinator, working at Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, Kununurra; then worked as a Curator at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), specialising in major international curatorial projects. He was Director, Bendigo Art Gallery; Deputy Director – International Art, NGV and Director of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) prior to returning to the NGV as Director in August 2012.

Many important exhibitions presented in Australia in the past decade have been under Tony's direction, including Contemporary Australia: Optimism (2008); Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future (2010); 21st Century: Art in the First Decade (2010); Surrealism: The Poetry of Dreams (2011); Matisse: Drawing Life (2011) and Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado (2012) at QAGOMA and Monet's Garden (2013); Melbourne Now (2013) Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court (2014); The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the sidewalk to the catwalk (2014); Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great (2015) and Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei (2015-16) at NGV. He has also written and edited numerous publications and articles.

Tony has been on several state and Commonwealth boards, including the Visions of Australia Committee; Museums Australia National Board; Victorian College of the Arts Board and Academic Committee; the Art Exhibitions Australia Board and the Japan–Australia Foundation Board. Tony was also on the selection committees for the 2005 and 2009 Venice Biennales.

Mr Tony Ellwood holds a Bachelor of Arts from LaTrobe University, and a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies and a Master of Museum Studies from Deakin University.

Mr John Taylor

Former Head of Note Issue
Reserve Bank of Australia

Mr Taylor served 32 years' at the Reserve Bank of Australia, most recently retiring as Head of Note Issue Department. With over half of this tenure completed in the Currency & Banking, and later Note Issue areas, Mr Taylor developed a unique level of expertise in new banknote design and issuance.

Mr Taylor holds expertise in the design, technical specification, production, issuance and distribution of all the polymer notes issued in Australia to date. Mr Taylor was specifically involved in the field trial of polymer banknote technology using the Commemorative $10 banknote, the release of a new series of banknotes using polymer technology, the issuance of the Federation $5 banknote, and in changes in banknote distribution arrangements for Australia.

Mr John Taylor holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and a Master of Commerce (Honours).

Associate Professor Grace Karskens, FAHA

School of Humanities and Languages
University of New South Wales Australia

Associate Professor Grace Karskens teaches Australian history at the University of New South Wales and holds a number of leadership roles concurrently with her academic position. She is a Trustee of Sydney Living Museums (NSW Historic Houses Trust), a member of the Board of the Dictionary of Sydney, a frequent speaker on ABC radio and has been a consultant for a number of museums and film documentaries.

Associate Professor Karskens has published prolifically in the areas of Australian social, cultural and environmental history, with numerous books, chapters, conference proceedings, academic and professional journals. She won the Prime Minister's 2010 Literary Award – Non Fiction, and the US Urban History Association's Best Book prize for her landmark book, The Colony: A History of Early Sydney. Associate Processor Karskens was elected a fellow of the Australia Academy of the Humanities in 2010.

Associate Professor Grace Karskens holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney.

Professor John Redmond

Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
The University of Sydney  

Professor Redmond is an industrial designer and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning at the University of Sydney. Previously he was at Monash University where he served, for 16 years, as Foundation Dean of Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture. He was also Chair of the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), and oversaw the development of the new award-winning Museum. Before that, he was Foundation Head of the Department of Industrial Design at the University of New South Wales. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia (and Hall of Fame), and an Emeritus Professor at Monash University.

His research has been particularly focussed on design research for industry, work in the theory of form, and the development of research and doctoral studies in the core of design using design methods to achieve innovation and discovery. He was a member of the Design Committee for the Sydney Olympic Games, Attorney-General's consultant to the Law Reform Commission's Review of the Design Act, chaired the 2006 Victorian Government Premier's Design Awards and was a delegate to the Federal Government's 2020 Summit.

Professor Redmond holds the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Diploma of Industrial Design (Engineering) from the Central School of Art & Design and the MA(RCA) from the Royal College of Art, London and is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia.

Mr Wayne Tunnicliffe

Head Curator Australian Art
Art Gallery of New South Wales

Mr Tunnicliffe is an expert in contemporary Australian art after 1960 and has held senior roles at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) since 2001. Mr Tunnicliffe has curated many contemporary exhibitions and secured the acquisition of significant contemporary artworks for the AGNSW collection through his direction of the Contemporary Collection Benefactors group. He has also written prolifically on the period.

Mr Tunnicliffe has been a past judge for many of the awards facilitated by the AGNSW included the Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts, the Brett Whiteley travelling art scholarship, and the prestigious Bulgari Art Award which supports contemporary Australian painting.

Mr Wayne Tunnicliffe holds a Master of Arts from Auckland University and a Master of Arts Administration from the University of New South Wales.

Professor Angela Woollacott

Manning Clark Professor of History
School of History
Research School of Social Sciences
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
The Australian National University

Professor Woollacott is a historian of Australia and the British Empire, with research interests in race and settler colonialism, postcolonial history, women's and gender history, biography, transnational history and cultural history. Professor Woollacott has written numerous books, chapters, and journal articles on her areas of specialisation.

Professor Woollacott currently serves as President of the Australian Historical Association (AHA), and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Historical Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK), a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Professor Woollacott holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from The Australian National University, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History from The University of Adelaide, and a Master of Arts in History and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara.