The John Truscott Design Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in honour of the late John Truscott AO and his extraordinary creative vision.

In addition to promoting the legacy of Truscott’s creative contributions the Foundation involves itself in initiatives for raising the influence of creative pursuits for the enrichment of life in Melbourne — primarily memorable public spaces, public events and the performing arts.

Board of Trustees

  • Kathy Demos
  • Marco Gjergja
  • Kevin Lucsombe AM
  • Richard Roberts
  • Andrew Walsh AM


  • Margaret Manion AO
  • Dennis Tricks AM
  • Frank van Straten AM


The John Truscott Design Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of a number of organisations and individuals.

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Vale Sue Nattrass AO

15 September 1941 — 23 October 2022

On 23 October 2022 the arts community in Victoria and beyond lost a widely respected leader and much-loved friend with the death of Sue Nattrass AO.

At the John Truscott Foundation, the impact of that news was deeply felt, not only for her co-founding role in establishing the Foundation, but for her sustained commitment to honouring the life of her great friend and mentor. Sue was a catalyst for many of the Foundation’s initiatives, involving a network of supporters in converting our purpose into rewarding actions. With an abundance of talent and a passionate belief in developing the talents and careers of others, Sue’s relationship with John Truscott grew from those common traits.

As her career blossomed, almost in contrast to her own deflection of attention, so many approaches were made to Sue for her insights and advice. This led to wide and diverse appointments to senior management roles and later to a range of board positions. Melbourne was blessed by Sue’s energy to take on so many assignments. In 1989 she became General Manager of the Victorian Arts Centre, a career highlight that she proudly held until 1996. Two years later, she was appointed as Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Festival for 1998 and 1999.

Outside of the Arts, Sue served as a Trustee and interim CEO of the Melbourne and Olympic Park Trust from 2000 to 2012. And to show that her passion went beyond the theatre stage, Sue also held a board role for her beloved MFC ‘Demons’.

Arts bodies in other parts of Australia called on Sue for advice and special assignments over the years and always found a ready and invaluable response.
She remained a source of counsel and enduring friendship for the Trustees of this Foundation. Having Sue as a friend and colleague was an unchanged experience from your first meeting to your last. As the lights went down on her life, the warmth of the memories stays on.