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

Australian Museum Trust Act

Here, you can meet our current Trustees:


David Armstrong

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. He 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 Senior Consultant, Innovation and Development at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Chair of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Director of the NIDA Foundation Trust and Artistic Director of the Canberra Writers Festival. She is also a board member of the Sydney Orthopaedic Research Institute and the Bundanon Trust.

Previously, Jenny served as Acting Director and then Special Advisor at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts from 1999-2006 and Chief Executive of the University of New South Wales Foundation. 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. She was appointed to the Trust in January 2015.

Paul Connor

Paul Connor

Paul Connor is an architect, artist and founding director of the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize. Paul completed his BArch (hons) at The University of Sydney in 1985 and spent his early professional life with internationally renowned architect John Andrews and teaching at The University of Sydney. In 1996, having started a lasting interest in the arid zone of far western NSW, 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. Paul has had many solo and joint art exhibitions, and is represented in both government and private collections. He is a founding partner of COSCO Architecture. Paul was appointed to the Trust in May 2010.


Professor Merlin Crossley

Merlin Crossley 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 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.


Belinda Gibson

Belinda Gibson is a company director, business adviser and lawyer. She is a director of Citigroup Australia Pty Ltd, AUSGRID, Brisbane Airport Corporation and Thorn Group Ltd and a museum appointed trustee of The Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation. She chairs AMP's Advice Review Panel. She is also a director of Chief Executive Women. Belinda joined ASIC as a Commissioner in November 2007 and was appointed Deputy Chairman in May 2010, a role she held until May 2013. She was a partner of Mallesons StephenJaques for 20 years and partner in charge of Mallesons’ Sydney office (2000-03). She was a director of Airservices Australia (2000-04) and of The Sir Robert Menzies Foundation (1990-2007), 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 a member of the Grant Samuel non-executive Advisory Board and 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 Expert Partner (corporate finance) 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.

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.


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.


Catherine Livingstone AO

Catherine Livingstone was appointed President of Trustees when she joined the Australian Museum Trust in January 2012. She was appointed Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in January 2017, having been a director since 2016. She is also a Director of Worley Parsons Ltd (since 2007), Saluda Medical Pty Ltd and The George Institute for Global Health; as well as on the Australian Ballet’s Board of Directors, a member of the Commonwealth Science Council and Chancellor at The University of Technology Sydney since 2016.

Catherine’s former appointments include: President of the Business Council of Australia (2014-16), Chair of Telstra Corporation (2009-16), 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 CEO and 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.


Robynne Quiggin

Robynne Quiggin was the Deputy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner for the Australian Human Rights Commission. Robynne is a Wiradjuri lawyer and has worked across legal and policy areas of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians including, human rights, consumer issues, financial services, governance, rights to culture, heritage and the arts. Robynne has served on the boards of the Arts Law Centre of Australia, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and Gadigal Information Services (incorporating Koori Radio). She is currently Deputy Chair of the Bangarra Dance Theatre, Chair of Westpac’s Indigenous Advisory Committee and Chair of the Board of First Hand Solutions, an Aboriginal social enterprise. She has participated in a number of United Nations human rights and biodiversity forums and worked as a senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney, Macquarie University and the University of Notre Dame. Robynne was the inaugural CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and Senior Manager of ASIC’s Indigenous Outreach Program. Robynne was appointed to the Trust in January 2014.

David Sherley

David Sherley

David is the General Manager of Bathurst Regional Council, and is also a board member of both the Regional Development Australia Central West Committee. He has previously been a board member of 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, Chifley Home & Education Centre, National Motor Racing Museum and the proposed Railway Museum in Bathurst. 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 world famous Mt Panorama Motor Racing Circuit. David has a BEc (University of Sydney) and a MBus (Charles Sturt University). He was appointed to the Trust in January 2009, and chaired the Internal Audit & Risk Committee from December 2011 to December 2014.


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