Our board

Board of Directors

Robert Allan – Chair

Executive Director – Three Plus

Robert is an Executive Director of Three Plus. He is highly experienced in strategic communications planning, government liaison and community engagement on major private and public sector infrastructure projects. He has more than 37 years’ experience in journalism, government and corporate communications.

After training in journalism in London, Robert reported on politics and wrote Column 8 for the Sydney Morning Herald; was Press Secretary to the New South Wales Minister for Consumer Affairs in the Wran Government; and Executive Assistant to the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Sallyanne Atkinson, managing significant projects and policies. Robert is a Graduate of the Company Director’s Course of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has served on not-for-profit Boards.

Andrew Kiel – Vice Chair

Head of Distribution Strategy & Digital – Credit Union Australia

As Head of Digital and Channel Innovation, Andrew has been instrumental in overseeing the design and launch of CUA’s future vision for retail banking at the new Carindale flagship branch which has been recognized by industry awards. His passion for the design and craft sectors extends beyond the commercial sector through his contribution at a Director level over many years, including as a non-executive Director of Object: The Australian Centre for Design prior to join artisan’s Board of Directors

Liz Watson - Secretary

Co-founder – Everingham & Watson

Liz is one half of the dynamic duo behind the Everingham & Watson brand and offers a suite of valuable expertise in the craft and design sector. Liz takes up the roles as artisan’s practitioner representative on the Board. She has forged a long career in arts and design, both her and overseas, with qualifications in visual arts, graphic design and arts management. Liz also turns her creative talents to product design, event styling and original artworks.

James Reynolds – Treasurer

Economics and Regulation Practice Leader – Marchment Hill

With a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Economics, James also has extensive experience leading the provision of advice to companies, regulators, and governments on the economic and legal regulation of infrastructure facilities, including access pricing, such as energy (predominately distribution networks and electricity generation companies), water (bulk water storage and retail distribution), airports, ports and telecommunications. His experience also includes institutional strengthening and reform or change processes within public and private sector organisations.

Gavin Ranger – Ordinary Member

Gavan is a widely experienced architect who has worked on major projects in both the public and private sectors; as a development manager and then design manager for a major redevelopment project; and as the principal of major architectural/design practices in Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane. Gavan has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Adelaide, a Master of Engineering Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and extensive background at state and national level in the RAIA, reflected by his receipt in 1997 of a Life Fellowship.

He is a Fellow of the AIM, and a member of the DIA and the AICD. With this background, and in his capacity as a member of the board of, he believes he can make a significant contribution to the design industry in Queensland.

Professor Paul Sanders – Ordinary Member

Head of School – Design, Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering – QUT

Paul has been an academic for 12 years and practicing architect for 20 years. He has been published in international journals in the fields of architecture and urban design, and completed a Master of Architecture by research in 2003. Paul current research is in the field of urban morphology. He has extensive design experience through built work, as well as international design competitions. He has a Master of Architecture (University of Natal) and Diploma of Architecture (Kingston Polytechnic).

Franki Ganter - Ordinary Member

Partner – Allens

Franki is a senior corporate and commercial lawyer with a broad range of experience advising private and public sector clients on corporate, commercial and regulatory matters, including major mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and capital raisings and structuring and corporate governance issues.

Before joining Allens, Franki led the corporate advisory team at Minter Ellison and spent four years working as a senior corporate lawyer in first tier law firms in Bermuda and the Channel Islands where her focus was on capital structuring and restructuring, capital raising and corporate finance, usually involving complex structures in several jurisdictions. Prior to that, Franki worked for five years in the corporate and commercial group of another first tier Australian law firm.

Amelia Hodge - Ordinary Member

CEO – Queensland Law Society

Amelia is experienced as a senior manager with Origin Energy Sustainable Industries Division of the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency and non-executive director of Transmax Pty Ltd. Previously a non-executive director of Gladstone Area Water Board and Great Artesian Basin Advisory Council on behalf of the Office for Women. She has also completed the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Infrastructure and the Market Economy Executive Program. She is currently studying for an Executive Masters of Business Administration at (AGSM NSW) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Women on Boards.