SAM Foundation

The SAM Foundation (SAMF) is a philanthropic organisation set-up to obtain financial support for SAM Limited through annual appeals, targeted campaigns and ongoing fundraising.

SAMF and SAM Limited share a vision to embrace a thriving and dynamic arts community in which SAM plays a key role, and where it is celebrated for exciting exhibitions and programs, within a prosperous, resilient and innovative Greater Shepparton.

The new SAM building is an iconic landmark, transforming Greater Shepparton, into a contemporary city. This community space will be a powerful agent when it comes to accelerating cultural, economic and social change. Above all, it is a place of celebration where everybody is welcome.

Steeped in rich Indigenous history, a harmonious multi-cultural community and a thriving artistic scene, SAM boldly takes its place within the Greater Shepparton landscape.

We invite you to visit, give and join.

Members of the Foundation Board  

John Head – Chairman

CEO, Shepparton Foot Clinic

John has been a Podiatrist and Shepparton Foot Clinic CEO since 1983.

He served on the Victorian Podiatry Association Council (1992-1994), the Victorian Podiatry Registration Board’s Prescribing Practice Advisory Committee (2007-2016), the External Advisory Committees for the Schools of Podiatry at Charles Sturt and La Trobe Universities as well as the Australasian Podiatry Council External Accreditation Panel for Podiatry at four Australian Universities. He was Chair of Leading from Within (2010-2013), a not-for-profit mentoring program dealing with youth suicide in the Goulburn Valley, he was on the Goulburn Valley Grammar School Finance Committee (2007-2013) Shepparton Festival Board (1999-2015) in the role of Artistic Director between 2006 and 2015. He was the ‘Community Representative’ on the ‘New SAM Project Building Committee’ from 2016-2018. John has been a Board Member of Shepparton Theatre Arts Group (STAG) since 2013 and established ‘Shepp Shorts Short Film Festival’ in 1999. John was awarded ‘Shepparton Citizen of the Year’ in 2012 and in his spare time is an actor, playwright, painter and arts philanthropist and collector.

Sandy Clark –
Co-Deputy Chairman

Chairman, The William Buckland Foundation

Sandy is Chairman of Australian Grape and Wine Inc. (previously Winemakers Federation of Australia), and a Director of the Barr Family Foundation, the Playking Foundation, and a number of private companies including Jianguo Pty Ltd. His long association with the wine industry has included time as Chairman of Brown Brothers and Mitchelton Wines, and as a Director of Stonier Wines. In addition he has served as Chairman of the Arts Centre Melbourne Foundation, the William Buckland Foundation, the Aviva Australia Insurance Group, the Brotherhood of St. Laurence, and the Melbourne Grammar School Council, as Deputy Chairman of the Myer Family Company Ltd, of Eastern Energy Ltd, and the Legal Practice Board of Victoria, and as a Director of ANZ Wealth Companies, Oasis Funds Management Ltd and One Path Custodians Pty Ltd, Select Harvests Ltd, Southern Cross Broadcasting (Australia) Ltd, and the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.

Carrillo Gantner AC –
Co-Deputy Chairman

Carrillo has a BA from the University of Melbourne, A Master of Fine Arts (Drama) from Stanford, California, and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration from Harvard. He trained as an actor and worked professionally in the USA before returning to Australia in 1969. He was a Founding Director of the Playbox Theatre Company (now Malthouse Theatre), Executive & Artistic Director from 1976 – 1984 and Artistic Director from 1988 to 1993.

In this time, Carrillo produced over 200 Australian plays and during the second term at Playbox he led the construction and opening of the Malthouse Theatre. From 1985 to 1987, Carrillo was Counsellor (Cultural) at the Australian Embassy in Beijing. Carrillo recently retired as Chairman of the Sidney Myer Fund.

Carrillo was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2019 for Service to the Community through professional involvement in, and philanthropic support for, the performing and visual arts, and to Australia-Asia cultural exchange. He is the first recipient of the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Cultural Leader of the Year Award in 2001 and in 2002 received the Dorothy Crawford Award from the Australian Writes’ Guild for services to Australian playwriting. In 2011 Carrillo was awarded a Green Room Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to the performing arts. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Australia-China Institute for Arts & Culture at the University of Western Sydney and has Honorary Doctorates from the University of NSW and University of Western Sydney.

Andrew Fairley AM

Chair, The Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation

Andrew is a Commercial Lawyer at Hall & Wilcox in Melbourne and the Chair of the Fairley Foundation, which has funded initiatives principally in Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley for over 50 years. He has a deep involvement in the philanthropic sector as both a Trustee and Advisor.

He chairs the Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education (FARE) and is Deputy Chair of the Mornington Peninsula Foundation. He is Chair of Together Trustees, which is the Trustee of Catholic Super and Equip Super, managing assets of $29b.

He is also a Director of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority and Qualitas Securities. He is the Consul-General of Finland in Victoria.

Jo-Anne Foster

Senior Account Executive, PSC Griffiths Goodall

Jo-Anne is a Senior Account Executive at PSC Griffiths Goodall. She is a Qualified Practising Insurance Broker and holds a Diploma of Financial Services and Business degree majoring in Insurance. Jo-Anne has spent over 40 years in the Insurance industry in various roles in both Melbourne and Shepparton.

Since moving to the Goulburn Valley in 1989, Jo-Anne has volunteered in a variety of roles across community, kindergarten, school, and sporting organisations. She is a Fairley Fellow, having completed the Fairley Leadership program in 2017 and currently sits on the GV Health Community Advisory Committee.

Adam Furphy

Managing Director, J Furphy & Sons

Adam is the Managing Director of J. Furphy & Sons and holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from RMIT. He has a strong interest in regional education and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE and is the past Chairman of the LaTrobe University Shepparton Campus Regional Advisory Board. Adam is a current member of

the LaTrobe University Council, a Trustee of the Shepparton Mechanic’s Institute, a member of the Board of Directors of the Galvanizing Association of Australia, a member of the Weld Australia Council and Chair of the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project – a project that engages the Greater Shepparton Community to improve happiness and health of our children.

Adam was born and raised in Shepparton, where he continues to live today with his wife and three children. He is also a great, great grandson of John Furphy who founded J, Furphy & Sons in 1864.

Meryl Hill

Meryl Hill is a long-time resident of Shepparton and a member of the Friends of SAM where she currently serves on the Executive Committee. She has a keen interest in the arts and in fostering the talents of young artists such as the competitors in the Australian National Piano Awards. Meryl works within community groups to promote multi-cultural awareness and increase communication between different cultural populations in the region. Her skills in fundraising were first honed while she was on the Board of the GVGS three

decades ago. Along with her husband Roy, Meryl has served as a leader of Sailability – a charitable community organisation which offers the sailing experience to the disabled, wheelchair-bound, and disadvantaged.

Clare Pullar

Senior Consultant, Marts & Lundy

Clare has 30 years’ experience in building the capacity of institutions through strategic philanthropy. She served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement) for the University of Queensland (UQ) from 2009 to 2016. Prior to this, Clare led Development at Trinity College University of Melbourne, Melbourne Business School and Goulburn Valley Grammar School. She is chair

of Janet Clarke Hall University of Melbourne and served as a Board member of the Australian Youth Orchestra for 9 years. Clare and her husband David had run family orchards in Ardmona for 20 years from the early 1970s to 1990s. She also taught English at Mooroopna High School and Goulburn Valley Grammar during that time.

Polly Symons

Solicitor, Morrison & Sawers Lawyers

Born and raised in the Goulburn Valley, Polly also had the amazing opportunity to live in Brazil for 12 months as part of a Rotary Exchange program in 2006. Moving back to Australia, Polly completed her Bachelor of Laws (Hon) and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing at Deakin University in Geelong.

Returning to Shepparton in 2013, she began working at Morrison & Sawers Lawyers and was admitted as a Solicitor in March 2015 specialising in Family Law and Family Violence Matters, Victims of Crime work and Estate matters at the firm. Polly is a volunteer at the GV Community Legal Centre and has been a mentor through the Bridge Young Person Mentoring program.

Polly would love to see the Goulburn Valley become a more prominent destination for young professionals whether they are returning for work or newcomers to the area and create a strong social network that promotes a sense of community and cultural diversity.

If you would like to express interest in the SAM Foundation please contact Anna Turnbull – SAM’s Development Coordinator at