Get to know our people

There are currently four NCG Board member volunteers that oversee the operations of the organisation, all of which bring an irreplaceable perspective, background, and expertise to the Gallery.

Our current board members are:

Dahna Knight - Chair

Dahna has a rich background in illustration, animation, and the media industry. In 2009 she won the “Drawing the Lines” National Political Cartooning Competition, with her entry “Garrett the Frog”.

12 years ago, Dahna founded the creative ‘tutor’ Cartoon Chef and has silently been teaching children across Australia how to draw as a regular feature in the West Australian and Sunday Telegraph newspapers. With almost 600 cartoon strips to date and a published book reaching 6 countries distributed by Hardie Grant, she has this year exhibited, held workshops, and launched the Cartoon kiosk here in the Bunker Gallery.

Dahna and the talented crew at Media Magic have installed the Cartoon Chef Drawing Kiosk in the Bunker Gallery. This is a great way to learn some easy drawing techniques!

The Cartoon Chef How to Draw book is available in our Shop and is a great present for the little Artists in your life.


Stay tuned.


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Neil Manson - Director

As a 5th generation local and a passionate supporter of all things Coffs Harbour, joining the Board of the Gallery was a great opportunity to give back to my town and to assist however possible with the growth of this tremendous community asset.

Our family business The Observatory Self Contained Apartments also has a strong commitment of giving back to the community and realising that the Gallery is a major driver in our visitor economy we have been long term supporters of the gallery. I have had a long history of community involvement from APEX, RFS, Orara Valley Fair, Can-Do Cancer Trust, P&C, industry bodies and various committees. To many, I am known as “the trainman” as each year I organise the Rainforest Rattler that brings joy to many thousands of people.

Many great things have already been achieved by past Boards and I firmly believe there is still much to be done before the potential of this unique Gallery is fully realised. I look forward to contributing towards its future growth and prosperity.

Peter Rektor & Robyn Trelore-Rektor - Directors

My wife, Robyn Trelore-Rektor and I are the Co-Founders of Designfocus Resource Pty Ltd. Our company specialises in commercial interior design and has successfully completed significant projects both nationally and internationally.

In our professional journey, we have been fortunate to engage in the creation of diverse exhibitions, ranging from significant ones to smaller-scale ones, both in Australia and Italy.

When it comes to the National Cartoon Gallery, our primary emphasis will be on forging partnerships with prominent enterprises in the North Coast region.

Our objective is to foster mutually advantageous collaborations that will generate awareness about the National Cartoon Gallery and secure sponsorships for exhibitions and events.

Additionally, I plan to actively participate in the conceptualisation and arrangement of various exhibitions, aiming to enhance the dynamism and excitement of the gallery visit for its patrons.