The Copland Foundation

The Copland Foundation operates under guidelines set out in a Scheme approved by the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2006.   The Foundation is managed at any one time by no less than four trustees. 

Current Trustees

Ian Stephenson- Chairman

Attingham Trust Summer School 1995 and Royal Collections 1999.  He is a past President of The Glebe Society and past member of the board of The National Trust of Australia (NSW). Ian's has a special area of interest in Anglo-Indian architecture.

Katherine Kovacic - Secretary

B.V.Sc. (Hons), M.A. (Art History),  Ph.D. (Art History), F.G.A.A.,  Attingham Summer School 2007, Attingham 'Horse and the Country House' Study  Programme 2018.
Current Position:  Independent Art Curator; Director CK Minerals Pty Ltd.

Michael Perry - Treasurer

B.Com., FCA, MAICD.  Retired Chartered Accountant.                                                                                               

Marcelle Scott

B.App.Sci., Grad. Dip. Arts., PhD.  Attingham Suumer School 2013.
Current Position:  Research Fellow, Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne.

Richard Heathcote

Atttingham Trust Summer School 1999. Director of Benefaction at Carrick Hill historic house and garden, Adelaide.  National Chair of the Australian Garden History Society.   

Sarah Murphy

B.A., Grad. Dip. Museum Studies, M.Litt (Museum Studies)
Attingham Summer School 2014, London House Course 2019, and Study Program 2022.
Current Position: Manager Interpretation and Collections, National Trust of Western Australia.


Founding Chairman: Janeen (Nina) Stanton (13 March 1948 – 2 May 2009)

B.A., Grad. Dip. Museum Studies, M. Ed. (Melb), Attingham Summer School, 2002 and Royal Collections 2005.   
Nina was sole Executor of Alex Copland’s estate.

The Role of the Copland Trustees

The Copland Trustees manage a trust fund, (a fund raised from the sale of Alex Copland’s assets), as a common fund in perpetuity.  Their task is to apply the income derived as follows:

  1. To provide one scholarship each year to an Australian resident for the purposes of attending one of the Attingham Trust programs in the United Kingdom.
  2. To fund in any one year projects that fall under the umbrella of Alex Copland’s interests; related to one or more house museums, science museums, art galleries, fine and decorative art galleries and libraries or any other like museums, institutions, societies, organisations provided the public has access. For more detailed information click on “The Copland Foundation Grants”.
  3. To fund such other incidental charitable purposes as the trustees in their absolute discretion determine.