Emeritus Professor David Williams AM, is Humanities Research Centre Adjunct Professor in the ANU Research School of Humanities and the Arts. Previously Director of the Australia Council Crafts Board (1976-85) and Director, ANU School of Art (1985 – 2006), his research interests are in jewellery, sculpture, public art and contemporary Asian and Australian art. His curatorial activities include the first three Queensland Art Gallery’s Asia Pacific Triennial exhibitions as a member of the National Advisory Committee, the Adelaide University Ballets Russes project exhibitions and with Dr. Caroline Turner, HRC exhibitions Recovering LivesThresholds of Tolerance and in June 2015 , Making Connections: Southeast Asian Art @ANU.

He is the immediate past Chair, Art Monthly Australia Board and was Deputy Chair, Canberra Glassworks Board.

At ANU, he is Chair, ANU Visual Arts Foundation, a member of the HC Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship program and the ANU Public Art Committee. He was involved as member of the ANU Campus Planning & Development Committee (1998-2014).

Currently he is the spokesperson for the ACT arts advocacy Childers Group.