Committee Biographies 委員會

Dr John Yu AC – President 余森美博士 主席

John is a retired paediatrician and former Chief Executive of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

His relevant experience includes being Chancellor of the UNSW, Chair of the Australia China Council of DFAT and Deputy Chancellor of University of Western Sydney.

His arts and museum experience include being Deputy President of AGNSW, Life Governor of AGNSW, Chair of VisAsia, Trustee of Powerhouse Museum, Life Fellow of Powerhouse Museum, Honorary Associate of Powerhouse Museum in Textiles, Ceramics and Australian Colonial Furniture, member of Penrith Regional Gallery, Board member of Musica Viva and member of Community Arts and Culture Committee of Mosman Council .

John has published in Medicine, Health Governance, Decorative Arts and Asian Art.

He is a National Living Treasure of the National Trust, and was named 

Australian of the Year in 1996.

Dr Stephen FitzGerald, AO – Vice-President 費思棻博士 副主席

Stephen is a specialist on China and Australia-China relations. He was Australia’s first ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, and has held professorial appointments relating to modern and contemporary China and Asia at ANU, UNSW and UTS. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Whitlam Institute at Western Sydney University, and a Board Member of the not-for-profit China Matters, which works for a more informed and sophisticated Australian policy towards China and in respect of Chinese Australians. 

His doctoral research was on the policies of the PRC towards Overseas Chinese. He has published books on China, Australia-China and Australia-Asia, including China and the Overseas Chinese. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs .

Ms Ann Toy – Secretary 雷美英 秘書

Ann Toy is an independent curator, with over 35 years’ experience working with art museums and heritage organisations dealing with the conservation, management and interpretation of historic buildings and gardens in Victoria and New South Wales. 

She joined the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales (now Sydney’s Living Museums) in 1981, as the inaugural curator of Vaucluse House, and subsequently curated many of the Trust’s other properties. A key project was management of the conservation program of Government House Sydney, and the contemporary refurbishment of the interiors. In addition, she has consulted on projects for the City of Sydney, the Australiana Fund, 

Old Parliament House, the Official Establishments Trust and the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

Ann has published extensively and curated numerous exhibitions on Australian art, decorative arts and history.

She is currently Secretary of the Chinese Australian Historical Society, and worked on both the cultural heritage project ‘Tracking the Dragon’ with Henry Chan and Dr Shirley Fitzgerald’s book Red Tape Gold Scissors: The Story of Sydney’s Chinese Community .

Mr Peter Hack – Assistant Secretary 夏彼德 助理秘書

Peter is a retired senior public servant in the NSW Department of Education and Training. His relevant experience includes being a researcher and writer of modern Chinese and Chinese-Australian history, Committee member of the Chinese-Australian Historical Society, Committee member of the Australia-China Friendship Society of NSW, member of the Royal Asiatic Society of China and member of the Chinese Heritage Association of Australia.  

His arts and museum experience include being a life member of the Chinese Museum in Melbourne, Foundation member of the National Gallery of Australia, Foundation member of the State Library of NSW and patron of the National Library of Australia. 

He is the author of The Art Deco Department Stores of Shanghai: The Chinese-Australian Connection

Ms Susan Leong – Treasurer 梁小薇 財務

Susan Leong is a CPA, with a Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW)

She is President of Australasian Art and Stageworks Inc.

Committee member, Chinese Australian Historical Society.

Committee member, Australian Chinese Friendship Society of NSW.

Committee member, Harmony Day Poster and Song Writing Competitions (Moving Forward Together Association).

Member of Chinese Heritage Association of Australia.

Ms Daphne Lowe Kelley – Member, and Public Officer 劉瑞馨 (公共幹事)

Daphne has a BA, Diploma of Teaching, and Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management

Her comprehensive work history started with the family retail businesses, and went on to include high school and TAFE teaching, followed by marketing, management and publishing positions in the travel and tourism industry. She has also been involved with and contributed to a number of mainstream and Chinese Australian community organisations. 

Her mainstream volunteer activities commenced with student leadership positions at Victoria University of Wellington’s International Club and as Women’s President of Wellington Teachers College. This was followed by positions in Australia: Vice President, Residents Network of Sydney; President, Women’s Australian Travel League; Pacific Governor, International Federation of Women’s Travel Organisation; plus 10 years as the founding President of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (Australia).

Daphne has been involved with the Chinese Australian Community for nearly 50 years, contributing countless hours of service to a number of organisations including Life Member, Australian Chinese Community Association; President, Luen Fook Tong; Chinese New Year Festival Advisory Group member; Founding member, Chinese Community Council of Australia; Vice President, Australasian Art and Stageworks; Secretary, Asian Australian Community Services; NSW Police Multicultural Advisory Council member; 10 years as President of the Chinese Heritage Association of Australia and she is the current President of the Chinese Australian Historical Society. 

Ms Cheryl Cumines – Member 魯群心

Cheryl has a BA, Diploma of Education, and Graduate Diploma in TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages).

She is the President of the Chinese Heritage Association of Australia, having served as Vice-President from 2003 until 2012.

Cheryl is a retired teacher, teacher trainer and ESL project officer from the NSW Department of Education and Training. 

She has been a Justice of the Peace (NSW) since 1991.

Mr Brad Powe – Member 布來德 • 歐

Brad has a  Bachelor of Science in Physics with Honours in the History & Philosophy of Science, and is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.
He is the Treasurer of the National Trust's 'Vienna Cottage' management committee,

and has been the Social Media Manager of the Chinese Heritage Association of Australia since 2013.

A former NSW branch President of the Australian Institute of Physics, Brad is the principal of Pavonis Consulting, specialists in telecommunications technology strategy, design/review, and documentation. Pavonis has worked with a variety of organisations in the internet, telecomms, standards, and data storage areas.

Brad has extensive technical writing and editorial skills, and is currently undertaking a Diploma in Family History through the University of Tasmania. He has presented numerous talks on the history of Chinese Australia, and its connections with wider world events, inspired by his own Cantonese heritage.