The Bunker Cartoon Gallery Inc is the entity responsible for the National Cartoon Gallery. It has been operating since the gallery opened in 1996. Its members have been drawn from the general community and the Coffs City Rotary Club.
The Bunker Cartoon Gallery Inc is a registered company limited by guarantee (a company structure used by not-for-profit and charitable organisations that reinvest profits towards the organisation's operations.)
The Bunker Cartoon Gallery Inc. has raised the money and overseen the construction of the new 3 million dollar gallery building. It has entered into a 20-year lease with Council to operate the National Cartoon Gallery and all its commercial activities.
The Gallery Board oversees the operations and there are currently six board members. Another will join the board in 2021. Board members have a wide range of backgrounds, expertise and experience and all are volunteers.
The current Board Members are –
- Paul McKeon (Chair)
- Brian Leiper
- Lindsay Foyle
- Terry Maguire
- Richard Johnson
- Neil Manson
Chris Durham - Gallery Manager
Chris Durham has been the Manager of the National Cartoon Gallery since May 2021. Prior to joining the Gallery Chris was the Deputy Director and Acting Director at the New England Regional Art Museum, Chris has over 35 years of administrative experience in a variety of work environments from the private to public sectors and not-for-profits including accounting, media and educational, museums and galleries, arts facilitation, and project management, operational and curational experience and senior management working with Board of Directors.
She has qualifications in Cultural Heritage, Museum Studies, Art History and Visual Arts. Chris has extensive knowledge of the arts & cultural sector and is recognised for a program of exhibitions and programs that are locally relevant, inclusive and engage with all audiences.
Hayley Ward - Assistant Manager
Hayley Ward joined the National Cartoon Gallery in June 2021 as Assistant Manager. Hayley has a background in the arts and museums sector. Previously Hayle was the Manager of the Armidale Folk Museum, as well as supported numerous public art programs and projects in the New England area.
Hayley has qualifications in Fine & Visual arts and has been involved in the creative arts industry for over 20 years. Her role at the Gallery involves Volunteer Coordination, Project Management, Marketing, Grant Applications, Exhibition Coordination.