Australia-Japan Foundation Board appointments

  • Media release

Today I announce the appointments of Professor Wesley Enoch AM and Ms Leonie Boxtel to the board of the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF).

Both appointments will contribute to the goals of the AJF, and bring their diverse experience to support our bilateral relationship with Japan.

A proud Quandamooka man from Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island), Professor Enoch is a writer and director of acclaimed Indigenous film and theatre productions. He is currently the Deputy Chair of Creative Australia and has played a central role in connecting Australia and Japan through theatre for more than 20 years. Professor Enoch is the first Indigenous Australian representative on the board of the AJF and will bring a First Nations perspective to the foundation's activities.

Ms Leonie Boxtel has an extensive career with a focus on strengthening Australia–Japan relations across government, education and the philanthropy sector. Ms Boxtel is Executive Officer of the Bowness Family Foundation, which supports the arts, education and disability.

I am pleased to reappoint Ms Wendy Holdenson for another term and thank outgoing members, Professor Veronica Taylor, Mr Chris Saines, and Mr Mark Connors for their contributions over many years.

The AJF is Australia's oldest cultural council and underpins our Special Strategic Partnership with Japan. Its programs and networks support our objectives with Japan and the region and amplify our lasting connection.

For more information, visit the Australia-Japan Foundation.

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