Australian Museum Trustees

The Museum is governed by a Trust established under the Australian Museum Trust Act 1975.

Our 11 Trustees play a valuable role in monitoring the performance of the Museum, assisting with strategic planning processes and acting as advocates for the institution.

They are appointed for three year terms with a maximum of 10 consecutive years of service.

The NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant, in consultation with the Australian Museum Trust, appoints our Trustees.

Australian Museum Trust Act

Here, you can meet our current Trustees:


Catherine Livingstone AO

Catherine was appointed President of Trustees when she joined the Australian Museum Trust in January 2012. She has been Chairman of Telstra Corporation (since 2009) and a Director of Telstra since 2000. She is also a Director of WorleyParsons Ltd (since 2007), Saluda Medical Pty Ltd and The George Institute for Global Health; as well as a member of the advisory board of the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership. Catherine’s former appointments include Chair of both CSIRO (2001-06) and the Australian Business Foundation (2002-05); and Director of Macquarie Group Ltd (2003-13), Rural Press Ltd (2000-03) and Goodman Fielder Ltd (2000-03). She was Managing Director of Cochlear Ltd (1994-2000) and a member of the NSW Innovation & Productivity Council.

Catherine has received a number of awards and was the recipient of NSW Distinguished Fellows Award AICD (2011) and the Alumni Award for Distinguished Service (Professional Category) from Macquarie University (2006). She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008 for services to the development of science, technology and innovation policies, business and management.


David Armstrong

David is a chartered accountant and non-executive Director of the National Australia Bank (effective 5 August 2014). Until recently David was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), joining them in 1981 and admitted to the partnership in 1990. He has specialised in providing professional services for financial services organisations throughout his career and has lived and worked in London and New York.

David has been the lead auditor for numerous banking, property and capital markets companies for over 30 years.

David is also a Director of the Opera Australia Capital Fund. He has a BBus (UTS) and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and was appointed to the Trust in January 2014.

Jennifer Bott

Jennifer Bott AO

Jennifer Bott is a professional mentor, board member, project manager and consultant. She is currently Director, Innovation and Development at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House and Chair of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

During 2013/14, Jenny served as Acting Director and then Special Advisor at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Prior to this she conducted a major review of External Relations for the Art Gallery of New South Wales as well as the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

She was Chief Executive of the University of New South Wales Foundation from 2006 to October 2012. The Foundation generates philanthropic income for the University from business, foundations, alumni and other sources and built its annual fundraising income from $5M in 2006 to over $21M in 2011. Jenny was a member of the Executive Team of the University reporting jointly to the Vice-Chancellor and to the Chairman of the Foundation Board (the Chancellor).

Jenny was awarded an AO in 2012 for distinguished service to the arts through executive and leadership roles in national cultural organisations, and to the development of policy reform initiatives promoting funding and best practice.

Paul Connor

Paul Connor

Paul Connor is an architect, artist and founding director of the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize. Paul completed his architectural degree with honours at The University of Sydney in 1985. He spent his early professional life with internationally renowned architect John Andrews.

In 1996, having started a lasting interest in the arid zone of far western New South Wales, he was awarded first class honours in Masters of Fine Arts at the College of Fine Art University of New South Wales for research in the area, and co-founded Connor & Solomon Architects which later built for the Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Land Council. Since then, the partnership has enjoyed much publication of its many completed buildings and Paul has had many solo and joint art exhibitions, being represented in both government and private collections.

Paul Connor, architect and artist, was appointed to the Trust in May 2010.


Professor Merlin Crossley

Merlin is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Prior to taking that position he was Dean of Science at UNSW. A molecular biologist by training, he has studied at the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford (holding a Rhodes Scholarship) and has carried out research on gene regulation and genetic disease at Oxford, Harvard, Sydney and UNSW. His work has been recognised by several awards, including the Australian Academy of Science's Gottschalk Medal, the Royal Society of NSW's Edgeworth David Medal, the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's Roche Medal, and the Lorne Genome Conference's Julian Wells Medal.

He is a committed undergraduate and post-graduate teacher and has received a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Higher Research Degree Supervision. He has made contributions to administration, including serving as the Acting Dean of Science throughout 2004, then as the Director of Research in the University's College of Sciences and Technology, and from 2006 to 2008 as the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research at the University of Sydney. Merlin holds a BSc Hons (Melbourne), D.Phil. (Oxon). He was appointed to the Trust in January 2012.


Belinda Gibson

Belinda is a company director, business adviser and solicitor and is a director of Citigroup Pty Ltd. She was Deputy Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) until May 2013. She joined ASIC as a Commissioner in November 2007 and was appointed Deputy Chairman in May 2010. She served as a member of the Financial Reporting Council and the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee. She was a partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques  for 20 years and the partner in charge of the Mallesons’ Sydney office from 2000-03. She was a director of Airservices Australia from 2000 to 2004, and of The Sir Robert Menzies Foundation from 1990 to 2007, having received a Menzies Scholarship in 1982.

Belinda’s qualifications include a BEc, LLB (Hons) (Sydney) and LLM (Hons) (Cambridge). She was appointed to the Trust in January 2013.


Steven Gregg

Steven Gregg is the non-executive Chairman of Goodman Fielder (since February 2010). He is also a member of the Grant Samuel non-executive Advisory Board and a non-executive Director of Tabcorp Holdings Ltd (since July 2012), Challenger Ltd and Challenger Life Ltd (since October 2012) and William Inglis & Son Ltd. He is currently Chairman of The Lorna Hodgkinson Sunshine Home. His past roles include Chairman of Austock Group Limited (November 2009 to May 2012). Steven is an experienced investment and commercial banker with extensive Australian and international executive experience with ABN Amro (as Senior Executive Vice President and Global Head of Investment Banking), Chase Manhattan, Lehman Brothers and AMP Morgan Grenfell.

His most recent executive role was as Expert Partner (corporate finance) at McKinsey & Company in Australia and the US. Steven’s experience includes both domestic and international. He worked in the USA and UK resulting in an extensive executive career in management consulting and investment banking. He has a BComm (UNSW) and was appointed to the Trust in January 2014.


Dr Rod Kefford AM

Dr Kefford was previously Headmaster of Barker College (1996 – 2013) and of Wesley College, Perth (1984 – 1996). He held senior teaching positions including Head of English at The King’s School (1979 – 1983) and Head of the English Department at Barker College (1970 – 1978).

Dr Kefford was NSW/ACT Branch Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools Australia (AHISA) in 2006-7. As the inaugural Chair (2007 – 2012), he played a key role in establishing the Independent Schools Teacher Accreditation Authority. He was also President of the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (1991 – 1992) and Chair of the WA Chapter of the Australian College of Educators (1990-1991).

Dr Kefford was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2008 for service to primary and secondary education through administrative and teaching roles, particularly in independent schools. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (FACE), one of the highest honours recognising outstanding and distinctive contribution to the advancement of education. Dr Kefford’s qualifications include BA (Hons), and MA (University of Sydney); MA (Hons) (Macquarie University); and Dip Ed, MEd Administration and PhD (University of New England). Dr Kefford was appointed to the Australian Museum Trust in March 2014.

David Sherley

David Sherley

David is the General Manager of Bathurst Regional Council, and a Board Member of both the Central West Area Consultative Committee and Museums & Galleries NSW (which concluded in March 2014). David was an integral part of the team which coordinated “Band Town” in Bathurst during the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and has been involved with the establishment and running of the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum. He has a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies (Deakin).

As General Manager of the Bathurst Regional Council, he has also been involved with the operation of the Chifley House Museum, the world famous Mt Panorama Racing Circuit and the National Motor Racing Museum. David has a BEc (University of Sydney) and a MBus (Charles Sturt University). He was appointed to the Trust in January 2009, and has chaired the Internal Audit & Risk Committee since December 2011.


Robynne Quiggin

Robynne is CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute. She is descended from the Wiradjuri people of central western NSW and has family connections in the NSW towns of Euabalong, Lake Cargelligo and Condobolin. Robynne has practiced as a solicitor since 2000, specialising in legal and cultural issues for Indigenous Australians, including consumer and intellectual property law. As a senior policy officer and researcher, she participated in a number of United Nations human rights and biodiversity forums. She also worked as a senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, Macquarie University and the University of Notre Dame. Most recently Robynne was Senior Manager of ASIC’s Indigenous Outreach Program assisting Indigenous consumers to resolve issues with providers of financial services including banking, credit, insurance and superannuation, as well as raising awareness with industry about cultural and regulatory issues for Indigenous Australians.

In November 2013 Robynne was appointed CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI). Robynne has served on the boards of the Arts Law Centre of Australia and Gadigal Information Services (incorporating Koori Radio). Robynne is currently on the board of Bangarra and a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Council. Robynne was appointed to the Trust in January 2014.

Elie Hammam

Dr Elie Hammam

Dr Elie Hammam is a neurophysiologist with an awarded doctoral thesis from Western Sydney University (WSU). His research in integrative physiology is conducted at the School of Medicine, WSU and abroad at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). During his training, he was awarded several scholarships from national and international bodies including the International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO). Elie is also a passionate higher education teacher with a special interest in Indigenous students’ medical education.

Since 2006, Elie has been a dedicated advocate for community welfare and led outreach programs to promote higher education and health in Western Sydney, for which he was highly commended by the Vice-Chancellors Excellence Award in Engagement. From 2013 to 2015, Elie was elected as the postgraduate member to the Board of Trustees, WSU (2013-2015) and in 2015 as a councilor of the Australian Medical Association (NSW). He graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, having completed the Company Directors Course. Elie was appointed to the Trust in January 2016.


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