Executive Leadership Team & Management Group
Our management structure.
At the Australian Museum we have a two-tiered management structure, comprising:
- The Executive Leadership Team of six staff - the Director, the four Assistant and Associate Directors and the Executive Officer
- The Management Group - the six members of the Executive Leadership Team plus the Museum’s full complement of Branch Heads
The names of these staff and their short biographies are below. You can also see the Museum’s organisational chart.
Executive Leadership Team
Frank Howarth trained as a geologist, completing a BSc in Geology at Macquarie University, followed by a Master of Science and Society from the University of NSW, focusing on science and biotechnology policy. Frank joined the NSW Government in 1981 and has held positions with the Department of Industrial Development and Decentralisation, NSW Science and Technology Council, the Public Service Board, and the Roads and Traffic Authority... read more.
Assistant Director, Public Engagement & Culture
Steven has a background in growing audiences and producing innovative exhibitions, public programs and events supported by extensive community engagement. Steven worked closely with Western Sydney and regional communities as the Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Director of Lismore Regional Gallery, Director of Bundaberg Arts Centre and Director of Redland Art Gallery... read more.
Dr Brian Lassig
Assistant Director, Science & Learning / Head, Australian Museum Research Institute
Brian was appointed Assistant Director, Research and Collections in January 2010. His research background is in coral reef fishes with extensive field experience on the Great Barrier Reef, through his post-graduate projects based at the Heron Island and Lizard Island Research Stations... read more.
Associate Director/Chief Financial Officer, Corporate & Knowledge Services
Ken has a background in senior administration with both the state and federal governments. Before joining the Museum, Ken spent six months with the Olympic Co-ordination Authority delivering sponsor-related showcasing, media, retailing and general services at Sydney Olympic Park during the Sydney Olympics and Paralympics... read more.
Executive Officer to Director
Kate has been in this role since January 2011 after joining the Museum as the Bequest Officer in June 2009. She commenced her career working for the Director of the Powerhouse, planning and integrating the exhibitions with which it opened in 1988... read more.
Associate Director, Development, Communications & Marketing
Tehmi was appointed Associate Director, Development, Communications & Marketing in August 2013. Prior to this she held senior positions working on sponsorship, philanthropy, marketing and communications projects and programs with internationally renowned arts and cultural institutions, including the Biennale of Sydney and the Australian Centre for Photography... read more.
Head, Corporate Partnerships
Alexandra has extensive experience in business development, specialising in negotiating and managing partnerships for large-scale public events and stakeholder management. Combined with a background in event management, sponsorship and sales she has a track record in developing strategies to increase revenue... read more.
Dr David Britton
Acting Head, Natural Sciences & Biodiversity Conservation
Dave has been Collection Manager, Entomology, since joining the Australian Museum in 2003, and Acting Branch Head of Natural Sciences since April 2013. Dave has extensive background in entomology covering research topics such as nutritional and behavioural ecology, insect conservation, and taxonomy of moths and pest management of insects in field crops... read more.
Head, Marketing & Communications
Christine was appointed as the Head Marketing in October 2004 and is responsible for the Museum’s media, publications, tourism and marketing activities. Christine has over 20 years experience in cultural and academic environments, including work with publications, graphic design and marketing... read more.
Acting Head, Program Delivery, Production & Design
Glenn has been acting Head of this branch since January 2013. He has worked in commercial and museum exhibition and museum design, project and program management for more than 30 years... read more.
Head, Building & Security
Glenn has been Head of Building & Security at the Australian Museum since 2000 and is responsible for building upgrades and maintenance; major plant acquisition and systems maintenance; legislative compliance; energy management and most importantly the security of the Museum’s buildings and collections... read more.
Dr Rebecca Johnson
Acting Head, Science Services & Infrastructure
Rebecca has a BSc (Hons) in genetics from the University of Sydney and a PhD in the field of molecular evolutionary genetics from La Trobe University. Rebecca has over 17 years experience as a molecular geneticist, including as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, James Cook University, Townsville and Tufts University, Boston USA... read more.
Narendra is a qualified accountant and member of three recognised Professional Accounting bodies. He has over 25 years of experience in the development of management control systems, business analysis, financial and management accounting, process improvement, and delivering reliable and timely financial advice and information to facilitate strategic business management and meet legislative requirements... read more.
Dr Scott Mitchell
Head, Cultural Collection Conservation & Consulting
As Branch Head Scott is responsible for the Museum’s heritage and ecology services arm (Australian Museum Consulting), it’s ethnographic, archaeological and archival collections, and the Materials Conservation unit. He brings to the role a particular interest in cultural repatriation, collection digitisation and the introduction of more energy efficient collection storage... read more.
George Notman JP
Head, Human Resources
George has led the HR team since July 2002 after transferring from the then Historic Houses Trust of NSW. Before this he spent 14 years in senior roles in the Qantas Group of companies. George has tertiary qualifications and extensive experience in HR and Industrial Relations... read more.
Head, Life Long Learning
Fara Pelarek was appointed Head, Life Long Learning in August 2013, managing the Museum’s substantial on and offsite education programs as well as Citizen Science initiatives and postgraduate students. Previously, Fara managed the Museum’s Visitor Services unit for 13 years and was responsible for visitor experience and expectation, program offerings and customer satisfaction... read more.
Dr Jodi Rowley
Acting Co-ordinator, Australian Museum Research Institute
Jodi Rowley is a biologist with a focus on Australasian amphibian diversity, ecology and conservation. Jodi completed her PhD at James Cook University... read more.
Rosemary Swift joined the Australian Museum in 2008. As well as having responsibility for individual philanthropic donations, community and direct fundraising and bequests, the Development branch includes Australian Museum Members... read more.
Head, Digital Online & ICT
Jason joined the Australian Museum in May 2011. He previously held the role of Head of Information Technology in the Australian branches of Amnesty International and Médecins Sans Frontières... read more.
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