Board and Executive Team

Museums Board of Victoria

Museums Victoria is governed by Museums Board of Victoria, a statutory body established under the Museums Act 1983.

Museums Board of Victoria is responsible for the good management of Museum Victoria and is directly accountable to the Government of Victoria, through the Minister for the Arts. The Board consists of a maximum of eleven members appointed for a three-year term (for a maximum of three terms) by the Governor-in-Council and subject to the direction and control of the Victorian Minister for the Arts.

Mr Leon Kempler AM

President

As a leading figure and contributor to Australia’s business and cultural sectors, Leon’s current board roles include Chairman of the Advisory Council of Questacon and Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation Victoria, among many others. In 2018 Leon received the Order of Australia for his significant service to the community through contributions across cultural, charitable, education and children's medical foundation sectors. For Museums Victoria, Leon is Chair of the People, Culture and Governance Committee.

Appointed 2019

Dr Bronte Adams AM

Bronte is currently Director and founder of dandolopartners, a management consulting firm specialising in public policy, advising a wide range of clients across the innovation, health, technology, science and research, start-up, cultural, and education sectors. Bronte is a Rhodes Scholar and has formerly held roles as a consultant with McKinsey & Co, and in a variety of senior government executive positions. Bronte is actively involved in public life with current and past board/ director positions including the UNESCO High Commission; Innovation and Science Australia; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Melbourne University Publishing; Australia Council’s Visual Arts Board; Science Technology and Innovation VicStart Assessment Panel providing oversight of more than $20 million in grants for knowledge-based venture capital, skills and infrastructure projects; the Victorian Office of Science and Technology’s $60 million infrastructure grants committee and the Australian Government’s Broadband Advisory Group.

Appointed 2020

Mr Andrew Butcher

Andrew has worked in the media since 1988, initially as a journalist before switching to corporate affairs at News Corporation in New York in 1999, where Andrew became the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communication. Andrew established Butcher and Co in 2010 and has since advised some of Australia’s best known companies, including Telstra, Westpac, Foster’s and Billabong. Prior to this, Andrew was Executive Director of Communication and Media Relations at Telstra. Andrew is Chair of the Development Committee.

Appointed 2013

Mr Wilkin Fon

Wilkin is Director of the retailing company Jeanswest and has extensive experience in the banking and finance sector. He has been a member of the Victorian Board of the Australia China Business Council since 2005. Wilkin is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Appointed 2012

Mr Tim Goodwin

Tim is a member of the Yuin people of the South East Coast of New South Wales, and is a barrister at the Victorian Bar practicing in commercial and public law. Tim serves on a number of boards including the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, and in 2018, received the Federal Attorney General’s National Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year Award. Tim is Chair of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee, and a member of the People, Culture and Governance Committee.  

Appointed 2019

Dr Alison Inglis AM

Alison is currently Associate Professor, Art History Program; and Course Coordinator, Master of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. Alison teaches subjects on 19th Century art history and museum studies, and researches and publishes in the area of 19th Century British art and museum collections and exhibitions. She is a board member of the Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Donald Thomson Collection Administration Committee. She was appointed as an Emeritus Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria in 2010. Alison is a member of the Research and Development Committees. In 2020, Alison received a member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to education, and to the museum and galleries sector. Alison is Chair of the Research Committee and a member of the Development Committee.

Appointed 2015

Ms Linda Bardo Nicholls AO

Linda is a corporate advisor and a non-executive director of a number of leading Australian companies and organisations. She is Chairman of Japara Healthcare and a Director of Medibank Private and Ingham’s Enterprises Previously Linda was a Director of Fairfax Media, Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute, Pacific Brands, Sigma Pharmaceuticals and St George Bank; and a Chairman of Healthscope, Australia Post and Keolis Downer (trading as Yarra Trams). In 2007 she was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia; in 2014 she was named as a Victorian Distinguished Fellow by the Australian Institute of Company Directors and in 2015 was made a Life Fellow. Linda is Treasurer of the Museums Board of Victoria and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Appointed 2017

Ms Mary Stuart

Mary is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the iconic Luna Park in St Kilda, which opened in 1912. Mary has a background in industrial relations, industry development and corporate governance and has been responsible for the establishment of a number of organisations specialising in training, advocacy and social justice. Mary is also the Chairperson of the newly founded ‘Her Place, Women’s Museum Australia’. Mary is a member of the Development Committee.

Appointed 2019

Mr Peter Tullin

A successful entrepreneur, Peter is the Co-Founder of CultureLabel.com, a Venture Capital-funded ecommerce site retailing art and design products from leading international culture brands. He is co-author of the book Intelligent Naivety, created to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality, and his second book, REMIX, was published by The Guardian and later became REMIX Summits, a series of leading global ideas conferences that explore the intersection of culture, technology and entrepreneurship. Peter is a member of Creative Victoria’s Creative State Advisory Group and has served on similar groups for the BBC and UK government. Peter is a member of the Development Committee.

Appointed 2017

Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer & Director

Lynley Crosswell

MBA (EXECUTIVE) (AUCK.)

Lynley was appointed on February 2017 and is responsible for providing executive leadership in, and being accountable for, the operations of Museums Victoria.

Chief Operating Officer

Michael O'Leary

Michael was appointed in January 2018 and is responsible for financial strategy, strategic facilities management, maintenance of a risk-controlled environment for staff and visitors. Also responsible for policy development, legal services, governance, planning and providing support for the Museums Board of Victoria.

Director, Exhibitions & Audience Experiences (Acting)

Linda Sproul

Linda first commenced with Museums Victoria in December 1995 and was appointed as Acting Director, Exhibitions & Audience Experiences in August 2019. Linda is responsible for creating unmissable experiences for diverse audiences and leading the museums' engagement with communities and individuals online, onsite and offsite.

Director, Research & Collections

Dr Nurin Veis

Nurin first commenced with Museums Victoria in July 1998 and was appointed as Director, Research and Collections in April 2018. Nurin is responsible for the development, conservation and promotion of the State collection through research and acquisition; providing access to the collections and associated information for museum visitors, scholars, community groups and national and international audiences through digital platforms; and conducts research to address local, national and international issues.

Director, Development & Commercial Operations

Romina Calabro

Romina was appointed in August 2019 and is responsible for building and strengthening Museums Victoria’s financial sustainability by developing and implementing a suite of philanthropic fundraising programs and commercial activities.

Chief, People & Engagement Officer

Sean Royal

Sean first commenced with Museums Victoria in June 2017 and was appointed as Chief, People & Engagement Officer in August 2019. Sean is responsible for providing strategic, business and operational executive leadership to Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks Museum and Immigration Museum for the delivery of key visitor targets and the overall purpose, vision and strategy for each Museum. Sean also has oversight of Museums Victoria’s People & Culture, Health & Wellbeing and the Volunteers program.

Chief, Governance & Communications Officer

Rod Macneil

Rod first commenced with Museums Victoria in February 2008 and was appointed Chief, Governance & Communications in August 2019. Rod is responsible for providing strategic support and advice to the CEO, as well as oversight of Museums Victoria’s Governance operations and the Marketing and Communications department.

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