Julie Collins

- Managing Director/Artistic Director

  Julie is the driving force behind BOAA. Julie is best described as a sculptor who just wants to see good things happen. She has curated over 60 exhibitions including 3 editions of the tremendously successful Lorne Sculpture Biennale.  The recent 2016 event achieving 70,000 visitors and contributing an additional 5 million dollars to the local economy. Julie has been; an art educator at Victorian College of the Arts and RMIT, founded and Chaired the Contemporary Sculptors Association and the Yarra Sculpture Gallery in Melbourne. Between 2001- 2007 she owned and managed Monties Bar and Via Monties fine dining restaurant in Fitzroy and has been on numerous advisory boards. A regional Victorian local, Julie was the Public Art Coordinator for the City of Ballarat between 2011- 2016, bringing to Ballarat innovative projects such as ContainART, Unicorn Lane Gallery and the commissioning of 10 new permanent public artworks. 

  With her husband Derek John, Julie runs djprojects, offering a range of art related services from curation, Art industry master planning, public art consultancy, deleted ,Art Management, structural steel and sculptural fabrication. Between 2015-2017 djprojects developed ‘& gallery’ which has specialised in sculptural practice in Melbourne CBD.  As sculptors Derek and Julie have been exhibiting nationally and internationally for  over 30 years and are part of numerous collections.

Derek John

- Task Force Director

Born and raised in Ballarat, a fifth generation local part of the John Valves Foundry business, Derek is the reason why BOAA is being presented in Ballarat.  steel fabricator by trade and has developed his skills into the business djprojects which offers a range of art related services, including public art fabrication and a specialist in architectural structural work.

Ellie Collins

- Task Master

Ellie has a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Majoring in Metal Work and Jewellery from Monash University.  Since completing this degree her practice has translated into resin working and silicone mould making, which she also teaches weekend workshops in.  Between 2015-2017, Ellie managed '& gallery' for djprojects and as a result decided to formalise her qualifications; she is currently undertaking her Masters of Arts Management at RMIT University.

The Board


Jennifer Ganske

- Chair

Jennifer Ganske is Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working within the Visitor Economy and creative program development industry. Having lived in North America and Europe she has become skilled in Theatre, Event Management, Arts Management, and Cultural Tourism. Jennifer is currently the Central Highlands Regional Partnership Deputy Chair, a Board Member of Visit Ballarat, and a member of Victorian Tourism Industry Council’s Attraction Policy Committee. Jennifer has been the Director of Marketing at Australia’s foremost outdoor museum Sovereign Hill since 2016.

David Miller

- Deputy Chair

David Miller is a Ballarat-based consultant in project development and management. David studied politics and sociology at the Ballarat College of Advanced Education (now Federation University Australia) and urban studies at Swinburne Institute in Melbourne. David was employed as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Steve Bracks, Premier of Victoria. Prior to this he worked for 10 years for the City of Ballarat, initially as Director of Economic Development, then subsequently as General Manager, City and Cultural Development. David’s is currently a member of the Committee for Regional Development Australia (RDA) Grampians which advises the Federal and State Governments on regional development, as well as a member of the Ballarat Health Services board. He is also a member of the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery Association, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Ballarat Arts Foundation, Ballarat Arts Alive, the Australian Film Institute, the Ballarat Old Colonists’ Association and the Melbourne Football Club

Andrew Walsh AM

Andrew Walsh AM has joined BOAA as the CEO/Executive Producer. Andrew has extensive experience across a range or major events and will bring a new level of experience, connections and professionalism to BOAA. During his 30 year career, Andrew's creative vision and technical guidance has provided direction for hundreds of productions. Among his career highlights include Creative Director of the widely acclaimed Centennial Ceremony for Australia's Centenary of Federation, Director of Ceremonies for the 2003 Rugby World Cup, Director/Producer of London's Millennium celebrations, Executive Producer for The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and 2011 Special Olympic Games.
Andrew was the founding CEO/Artistic Director of White Night Melbourne from 2013-2016, he took White Night from an idea, to Melbourne's largest public event.

Karen Golden

Karen is the Spa and Wellness Manager of Belgravia Leisure, where she has grown and developed Australia’s iconic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa and now leads the growth of spa and wellness businesses and assets within the Belgravia Group, which boasts the recent addition of The Spa at Marysville, the Onsen Retreat & Spa at Dinner Plain and the White Spa at Mt Hotham. With a well-developed sense and ability for maximizing the potential of a business, integrating wellness, spa and developing profitable revenue streams, her success is supported by her experience in multinational companies offering destination spa, wellness and body sustainability. A personal commitment to Wellness has seen Karen accept the role of Australian Ambassador – Global Wellness Day (, with the intention of bringing a the world together on one day each year with a focus on Wellness, creating a time be aware of the value of wellness and balance in our lives. She is also a member of the Australian Wellness Association Board and lives in Ballarat with her family.

Mark Karlovic

Mark Karlovic is a lawyer and has held senior Human Resource roles with both Australian and International companies over the past sixteen years. His current role is the Head of People, Performance and Legal at the Sovereign Hill Museums Association, one of Australia’s premier tourist attractions. Mark has lived in Ballarat for 17 years and has held a number of Board roles including as Chair or President in organisations such as the Ballarat Community Health Centre, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council, Ballarat YMCA and Ballarat Child and Family Services.
Mark holds both a Law Degree and a Master of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University

Julie Collins and Derek John are also Members of the Board.