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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 Governor of NSW, in consultation with the Minister for the Arts Don Harwin, appoints our Trustees.


Our Trustees

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David Armstrong, AM Trust President

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David Armstrong

David was appointed President of Trustees in January, 2018 after appointment as a Trustee of the Australian Museum Trust in January 2014. David is a chartered accountant and non-executive Director of the National Australia Bank. He is a Director of the Opera Australia Capital Fund, the Museum’s Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation and the George Institute. David was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 24 years, specialising in providing professional services for financial services organisations throughout his career and has lived and worked in London and New York. He has a BBus (UTS) and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.


AM Trustee Larissa Behrendt

Professor Larissa Behrendt, AM Trustee

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Professor Larissa Behrendt

Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt is a Eualayai/Gamillaroi woman and the Director of Research and Academic Programs at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a graduate of the UNSW Law School and has a Masters and SJD from Harvard Law School. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. She has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. Larissa is an award- winning filmmaker and won the 2018 Australian Directors Guild Award for best Direction of a Documentary Film for After the Apology. Larissa won the 2002 David Uniapon Award and a 2005 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for her novel Home. Her second novel, Legacy, won a Victorian Premiers Literary Award. Her most recent book is Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling (2016, UQP). She is a board member of the Sydney Festival, the Sydney Community Fund and a member of the Major Performing Arts Panel of the Australia Council. Larissa was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year. She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio. Larissa was appointed to the AM Trust in August 2019.


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Jennifer Bott AO, AM Trustee

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Jennifer Bott AO

Jenny Bott is a professional mentor, arts manager, board director and consultant. She is CEO of NIDA. She also serves as a Trustee of the Australian Museum, a Director the Australian National Academy of Music, the NIDA Foundation Trust, the Southern Highlands Regional Gallery and the Sydney Orthopaedic Research Institute. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and the former CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts, the UNSW Foundation as well as senior roles at Opera Australia, Musica Viva Australia and the National Portrait Gallery. She was appointed to the Trust in January 2015.


Maile Carnegie

Maile Carnegie, AM Trustee

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Maile Carnegie

Maile Carnegie is accountable for ANZ Banking Limited’s end to end transformation of the Australia Retail & Commercial business where she holds shared responsibility for financial results. She also has enterprise accountability for data, payments, marketing/design and innovation.

Maile has a passion for customer centric innovation and design. She joined ANZ in 2016 from Google where she was Managing Director Australia and New Zealand since 2013. Prior to this, Maile spent over 20 years with Proctor and Gamble where she held several roles including Managing Director in Australia and New Zealand, General Manager for Asia Strategy, Marketing and Design based in Singapore and a number of senior marketing and commercial roles in the United States.

She is currently a member of the Federal Government’s Board of Innovation and Science; a member of the Federal Government’s Australian Public Service Review Committee; a member of the Federal Treasurer’s FinTech Advisory Group; and Chair, Vice- Chancellor’s Advisory Board, University of Technology, Sydney. Maile holds a degree in Business Administration in Finance, Economics and Marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney. Maile was appointed to the Trust in January 2019.


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Merlin Crossley, AM Trustee

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Professor Merlin Crossley

Merlin Crossley is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic 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 studied at the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar) and has researched gene regulation and genetic disease at Oxford, Harvard, Sydney and UNSW. His awards include 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 was appointed to the Trust in January 2012.


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Steven Gregg, AM Trustee

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Steven Gregg

Steven Gregg is a non-executive Director of Tabcorp Holdings Ltd (since 2012), Caltex Limited (since 2015), Challenger Ltd and Challenger Life Ltd (since 2012) and William Inglis & Son Ltd. He is currently Chairman of The Lorna Hodgkinson Sunshine Home. His past roles include non-executive Chairman of Goodman Fielder (2010-15) and Chairman of Austock Group Limited (2009- 12). Steven has 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 a Partner at McKinsey & Company in Australia and the US. 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.


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Dr Elie Hammam, AM Trustee

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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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Shauna Jarrett, AM Trustee

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Shauna Jarrett

Shauna is an experienced senior executive and non-executive director and lawyer with a skill set in strategic design and execution across the educational, legal, arts and community sectors. Her passion and commitment to the sustainability of community and social justice organisations is evident in her dedication to many community projects.

Shauna was the University of Sydney’s Foundations’ Director and Assistant Group Secretary from July 2008 – April 2015 where she was responsible for developing the strategic direction of a diverse range of 41 University Foundations. Shauna was appointed to the Board of Seton Villa as of 6 April 2016 and Force Majeure from 2014.

Shauna has over 20 years of experience at board level of promoting and implementing governance reforms as a platform for organisational sustainability, integrity and generational change including chairing the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and Vice President of the NSW Law Society. Shauna was appointed to the Australian Museum Trust in January 2018 and to the Australian Museum Foundation in February 2018.


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Dr Rod Kefford, AM Trustee

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Dr Rod Kefford AM, FACE

Dr Rod Kefford was previously Headmaster of Barker College (1996 – 2013) and of Wesley College, Perth (1984-96). Dr Kefford was NSW/ACT Branch Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools Australia (AHISA, 2006-07), and a member of its national Board (1998-99 and 2006-07). In recognition of his contribution to AHISA and independent school leadership, he was made an Honorary Member of AHISA. As the inaugural Chair (2007-12), 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 (1991-92) and Chair of the WA Chapter of the Australian College of Educators (1990-91). 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. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (FACE). His 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 and to the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation Board in 2019.


Josephine Sukkar AM
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Josephine Sukkar AM

Josephine is a professional company director who works across a range of industries, including property, construction, finance, sport, the arts, medical research and social services.

A former scientist and teacher (BSc, (Hons), Grad. Dip. Ed.), she established Buildcorp with her husband 29 years ago, which employs over 300 staff and has revenue of $500 million.

Josephine serves on a number of private, public, government and not-for-profit boards, including Growthpoint Properties Australia, Parramatta Park Trust, Opera Australia, Centenary Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne University Infrastructure Advisory Board and the Australian Rugby Foundation. She is President of Australian Women’s Rugby and through Buildcorp has been a major sponsor of rugby in Australia for nearly 30 years.

She has previously served as a director of The Trust Company, and was Co-President of the YWCA NSW.

In 2017 she was recognised for her services to the community, the arts and sports in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Josephine was appointed to the Trust in January 2019.


Sara Watts

Sara Watts, AM Trustee

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Sara Watts

Sara Watts is a non-executive Director and an experienced audit and risk committee chairperson. Sara sits on the boards of Syrah Resources, Vision Australia, the Vision Australia Trust, and BagTrans Group. She also chairs the Audit and Risk Committee of the Victorian Government’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission. She has strong finance, governance and technology skills and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Sara’s previous executive roles include Vice-Principal Operations at The University of Sydney and Chief Financial Officer and Executive Sponsor Corporate Responsibility, IBM Australia and New Zealand. In November 2013, Sara was the recipient of the ARN WIITCA (Women in ICT Awards) Achievement Award for her leadership skills and commitment to women in the Australian ICT industry. Sara was appointed to the Australian Museum Trust in January 2018.


Australian Museum Trust Act

The Act constitutes the Australian Museum Trust as a corporation with the corporate name “Australian Museum Trust” (see Section 5) and defines its powers, authorities, duties and functions.

The Museum is principally funded by the New South Wales Government.

The objectives of the Australian Museum Trust Act are to propagate knowledge about the natural environment of Australia and to increase that knowledge, particularly in the natural sciences of biology, anthropology and geology. Under the Act the Museum is governed by an 11 member Trust, appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister. One member of the Trust must have knowledge of, or experience in, science, one must have knowledge of, or experience in, education, and one must have knowledge of, or experience in, Australian Indigenous culture.

Australian Museum Trust Act 1975