Three new board members join the Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s 2020 AGM has seen three new board members installed, with Arthur Baker, Kirsty Murray and Richard Eccles all joining.

Copyright Agency chair Kim Williams welcomed the trio, who together bring decades of experience to the not-for-profit agency which connects users and creators of content.

“I’m delighted to welcome Arthur, Kirsty and Richard to the Copyright Agency Board,” Williams said.

Arthur Baker

Baker, who has worked in educational publishing for 27 years, will join the board as a replacement for David Barnett.

“Arthur is the managing director at Oxford University Press Australia, a major publisher, and brings a wealth of publishing knowledge and expertise to the board,” Williams said.

Meanwhile, Kristy Murray has been appointed to replace Helen O’Neil by the Australian Society of Authors. She has written more than 20 books for children nd young adults, winning multiple awards for her work.

Williams said; “She is currently a director on the board of the Australian Society of Authors and an advocate for readers and writers of all ages,”

Kristy Murray

The final new board member is senior Commonwealth public servant, Richard Eccles.

Of his appointment, Williams said, “The board is delighted to confirm that Richard Eccles was as one of our four independent directors back in September.

“Richard joined with a long and distinguished career in the public service and not-for-profit sectors, most recently as deputy secretary in what was the Department of Communications and the Arts.”

Eccles held deputy secretary positions for 10 years across several portfolios, including the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; Health and Aged Care; and Communications and the Arts.

Richard Eccles

Williams also took the opportunity to thank the departing members.

“I would like to thank our departing board members, David and Helen, for their generous and expert contribution to the Copyright Agency over an extended period.

“Both have worked tirelessly on a number of committees with a commitment to advocacy and a focuses on making a genuine and substantial contribution to the Copyright Agency and its members.”

The Copyright Agency provides licenses for the use of copyright material such as text, images, art and survey plans.

It manages the educational and government licenses for the use of text and images, as well as the resale royalty scheme for artists.


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