Ron Radford is the Director of the National Gallery of Australia. Prior to taking up this position in 2005, he was Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia from 1991 to 2004 and is an Affiliate Professor at the Adelaide University. He has worked in art museums in Victoria and South Australia for over 30 years and has curated nearly sixty exhibitions, the latest being Island to Empire: 300 years of British Art 1550-1850. He has served on many boards and committees, including five years as a member of the Australia Council and Chair of its Visual Arts/Craft Board. In 1999 he was appointed Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale. He was a Foundation member of the National Portrait Gallery Board from 1997 and its Deputy Chair from 2001 to 2004. He is a trustee of the Gordon Darling Foundation and a Board Member of Art Exhibitions Australia. He is a writer of books, catalogues and articles and a teacher of art history and art museum practice. In 2003 he was made a member of the Order of Australia.