Staff profile: Frank Howarth

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Director, PSM
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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.

In 1996 he became Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. In September 2003 Frank spent six months as Executive Director, Policy and Science at the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation, before taking up his current role in February 2004 as Director of the Australian Museum.

He was Chair of ICOM Australia from 2010 to 2013, and a director of Museums and Galleries NSW from 2005 to 2013. Frank is also a director of the Somerville Collection Board, the Australian Museum Foundation and the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation and a member of the Executive of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors.

He became President of Museums Australia in 2013.