Staff profile: Kim McKay

Position title:
Director & CEO, the Australian Museum
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As Director and CEO of the Australian Museum (AM), Kim is responsible for strategic planning and management of the nation’s first museum, including a collection of over 18 million natural science and cultural objects.

Since being appointed to the Director’s role in April 2014 (the first woman to hold the role in the AM’s 190 year history), Kim has initiated an impressive transformation program. This includes enshrining free general admission for children into government policy, constructing a new award-winning entrance pavilion, Crystal Hall; creating new galleries and programs, including establishing the Australian Museum Centre for Citizen Science (part of the Australian Museum Research Institute, AMRI); and undertaking a comprehensive and strategic re-branding campaign. She previously served for two years as a Trustee of the AM.

Before joining the AM, Kim was Managing Director of Momentum2 Pty Ltd, a Sydney-based marketing and communications agency specialising in major events, corporate sustainability and social responsibility programs. Prior to this she spent seven years working in the USA for the Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channels International where she was Senior Vice President Global Marketing & Communications. She has since also held long-term consulting roles with the National Geographic Society co-developing The Genographic Project, the world’s largest DNA population study. Possessing a strong social conscience and environmental commitment, Kim co-founded the iconic Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World campaigns in the early 1990’s and helped drive their success during their first decade.

Kim is a strong supporter of women in leadership. She actively promotes women within the Australian Museum, including in her executive leadership team and across the Museums sector where she has championed a nation-wide mentoring program. She is on the advisory board of the One Million Women organisation and, in 2011, was named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence list, and was included in the book 'The Power of 100...One Hundred Women who have Shaped Australia .

Awarded as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2008 for distinguished service to the environment and the community, Kim also serves on the board of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science Foundation, as well as the UNSW Science Advisory Panel, UTS Business Advisory Board and the MGSM Reference Panel, Tte Somerville Collection Museum in Bathurst, the AM Foundation, Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation and is Secretary of the Australian Museum Trust.

The co-author of five books in the ‘True Green’ series published in Australia (ABC Books) and internationally by National Geographic, Kim holds a BA Communications from UTS and is an honorary Adjunct Professor at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

December 2017

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