Management Committee

Gallery Lane Cove + Creative Studios







Karola Brent

Karola was born in Budapest, Hungary. In 1990, two months after the fall of the Iron Curtain, she moved to the United States. In 2003, Karola and her family relocated to Sydney, Australia.


Karola holds Bachelor's Degree (Honours, Dean's List) from the University of California, Berkeley in Communications and Marketing, and a Diploma of Clinical Psychology from San Francisco State University. She further studied Creative Writing and English at Macquarie University and University of Sydney. 


Karola gained years of professional experience working in the IT industry of Silicon Valley, California, where she led customer support, account management and project management teams. After starting a family, Karola re-trained as crisis intervention counsellor and worked with victims of domestic violence and refugees with post traumatic stress disorder. 


Always involved in her local community, in 2012, Karola stood for government elections and became a Councillor (Independent) on Lane Cove Council. Serving her second term in the Local Government, she is currently Deputy Mayor. Her interest in community and the arts brought her to the Management Committee of Centrehouse and Gallery Lane Cove, which she is the President of since 2017.     

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Fiona McIntosh

Fiona hold a Post Graduate Certificate (Business), from the Australian Centre for Philanthropy & Non Profit Studies, University of Technology, Brisbane and a Masters of Philosophy (Arts Administration), College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Fiona’s experience includes roles with public institutions, in exhibition management with the Art Gallery of NSW and the Biennale of Sydney, and touring exhibitions to the regional galleries networks around Australia with (what is now) Museums and Galleries NSW. More recently she has worked as a freelance independent art advisor, advising private and corporate clients on buying art and managing collections.

She has a strong professional network of artists, curators, commercial and public gallerists, collectors and benefactors throughout Australia.

Fiona was a member and Chair of the Committee of the Contemporary Collection Benefactors of the Art Gallery of NSW. She remains an active participant in this benefactor group. Fiona is particularly interested in philanthropy for the arts. She is keen to work with the Management Committee to develop and encourage ongoing private and corporate support for the Centrehouse  Inc and Gallery Lane Cove.

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Judith Maude

Judith is a corporate governance consultant. She began her professional life as a solicitor, specialising in employment law and industrial relations. After a career in the legal sector, Judith pursued her interest in corporate governance. She has held executive roles in the public sector for over 15 years, including 10 years at the ABC. As a governance specialist, Judith has extensive experience working in a range of corporate areas including policy, risk, compliance, strategy and information management. She leaves the creative and artistic work to her family members, almost all of whom work in the film and tv industry.


Judith holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law from the University of NSW, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of Women on Boards.  She lives in Sydney with her husband and three children.



Scott Bennison

Scott has served on Lane Cove Council for 9 years serving one year as Mayor. He is also the Vice president of Northern Regional Origination of Councils (NSROC) and Treasurer of Local Government NSW (LGNSW). Having attained a Bachelor of Business degree (major in Accounting) from Charles Sturt University (1998), Scott went on to obtain a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) from Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) in 2006. 

Scott is a Registered Company Auditor and Tax Agent, Justice of the Peace, and a current member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is also an Authorised Representative for Count Financial Limited.



Lara Bishkov

​​Lara is a Nationally Accredited Mediator, who adopts a strategic approach to dispute and conflict resolution. Lara is a Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, and also regularly trains and coaches negotiation skills to commercial and industry groups. 


Lara’s creative side is limited to admiring creative talents, though has recently rekindled a childhood interest in knitting with her daughters’ school project Wrap With Love.



Rhonda Pryor

A practising artist, Rhonda works across textiles, photography and installation and has a background in painting and fashion design. She holds three fine art degrees including a Masters by research from Sydney College of the Arts. Exhibiting regularly, she has administration, writing, sales and teaching experience, with both children and adults.
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Sue Boaden

Sue Boaden is a leading Australian cultural strategist and the Principal of Sue Boaden Cultural Planner. Sue holds a Master of Arts (Cultural Policy Studies, 1997) and has over 30 years’ experience in the arts and cultural sector where she has specialised in cultural policy development, strategic cultural planning, cultural facility planning, management review and operational assessments. She has a special interest in the planning and management of collecting institutions – galleries, museums, libraries and archives. Sue has a broad interest in urban planning, cultural capacity building and the celebration of local identity and sense of place through quality program design and service delivery. She was the cultural planner for the award winning City of Sydney’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 Strategy and most recently was a member of the Expert Panel for Sustainable Sydney 2050. Sue is committed to building community cultural engagement strategies that ensure broad participation and ownership. Sue is an experienced board member including with the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, Museums and Galleries NSW, Blacktown Arts Centre Program Advisory Committee and the Australian Centre for Photography. She is the inaugural Ambassador for the Eramboo Artist Environment.

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Charles Crick

Charles’ career in the information systems industry spanned almost 40 years. Working as an IT consultant, Charles led engagements in the areas of enterprise architecture, business process improvement and methodology design for a range of large public and private sector organisations. Recent examples include BlueScope Steel, NSW Health, Bupa, WorkSafe Victoria and Queensland Urban Utilities. Charles holds degrees in mathematics, computer science and a PhD in information systems. He has taught at the post graduate level, and is still active in information systems research. Charles has been a Lane Cove resident for over 23 years. He is a keen amateur musician, playing guitar in a jazz band, and also enjoys cooking for his family