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The Hon Peter Garrett MP
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts

Appointments to AbaF Board

Media release
2 March 2010

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett today announced the appointments of three new members to the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Board.

Minister Garrett welcomed Mr Saul Eslake, Ms Patria Jafferies and Mr Stephen Found to the Board.

"These new board members bring significant arts and business experience to AbaF, strengthening its capacity to build strong and successful relationships between the arts and the private sector," Mr Garrett said.

"Mr Eslake has had a distinguished career as an economist over the past 30 years and has served on numerous boards, including in his current role as chair of the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board.

"Mr Eslake's broad experience in business and the arts will prove valuable in his role as a board member of AbaF," Mr Garrett said.

"Ms Jafferies brings an international perspective to the Board, having worked in Australia, France and the United States in both business and marketing roles."

Ms Jafferies, a former National Telstra Business Woman of the Year, is currently the Executive Director of His Majesty's Theatre Foundation and Chairman of the Small Business Development Corporation in Western Australia.

Mr Garrett said Ms Jafferies' expertise will encourage the development of new opportunities for AbaF.

"As founder and Managing Director of Bytecraft Entertainment Pty Ltd, Mr Found has an extensive knowledge of the staging and theatre industry," Mr Garrett said.

"Combined with his experience as an AbaF Councillor in Victoria, Mr Found brings well established relationships with the private sector to his role as a member of the Board."

The Australia Business Arts Foundation is a national organisation which promotes private sector support for the arts. For more information on the Australia Business Arts Foundation visit: .

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