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


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.

Appointed 2019

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.

Appointed 2019

Dr Alison Inglis

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.

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 Fairfax Media, Medibank Private, Ingham’s Enterprises and the Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute. Previously she was Chairman of Healthscope, Chairman of Australia Post, Chairman of Keolis Downer (trading as Yarra Trams) and a Director of Pacific Brands, Sigma Pharmaceuticals and St George Bank. 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, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and member of the Infrastructure 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’.

Appointed 2019

Mr Peter Tullin

A successful entrepreneur, Peter is the Co-Founder of, 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 Infrastructure Committee.

Appointed 2017

Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer

Lynley Crosswell


Responsible for providing leadership of, and being accountable for, the operations of Museums Victoria and representing the organisation externally. 


Chief Operating Officer

Michael O'Leary

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.

Appointed January 2018

Acting Director, Exhibitions & Audience Experiences

Linda Sproul

APPOINTED August 2019

Director, Collections & Research

Dr Nurin Veis

Dr Veis provides strategic leadership and advice to the CEO, Board and Museums Victoria. Dr Veis leads the strategic direction for the Research and Collections Division - focusing on building world-class practice in collections and research in the fields of science, technology, history, culture, First People's and museology.

The Research & Collections Division is responsible for the development, conservation and promotion of the State collection of more than 17 million items 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. The division is also home to our First Peoples department, providing strategic leadership to position First Peoples' living cultures, histories and knowledge at the core of Museums Victoria’s practice.

Nurin has expert knowledge of science and the scientific environment with an established reputation in audiences and public communication. She has encouraged an evolution at Scienceworks, where inspiring sophisticated experiences are delivered to a broad audience, helping to establish Scienceworks as an innovator in STEM-based learning experiences.

She was instrumental in the development of benchmark science exhibitions for Melbourne Museum's Mind and Body Gallery and has extensive experience in museum displays and ethics. Nurin has a background in biochemistry, immunology and cell biology, having worked as a medical researcher in both Melbourne and New York.

She has been engaged in the development of a science and technology innovation precinct on the Scienceworks site, and is now Director, Research and Collections at Museums Victoria.

APPOINTED April 2018

Director, Development and Commercial Operations

Romina Calabro


General Manager, Melbourne Museum 

Gordon White

Responsible for providing leadership of and accountable for operations at Melbourne Museum, in addition to the operation of Museums Victoria's commercial businesses.


General Manager, Scienceworks 

Jonathan Shearer

Responsible for providing leadership of and accountable for operations at Scienceworks.


General Manager, Immigration Museum

Rohini Kappadath

Responsible for providing leadership of and accountable for operations of the Immigration Museum as a leading cultural, education and tourism experience and destination.

Appointed November 2017

General Manager, Marketing, Audience and Communications

Nat Muscat

APPOINTED OCtober 2017

General Manager, People & Culture 

Sean Royal


Head, First Peoples

Genevieve Grieves

Appointed JANUARY 2018

Acting Head, First Peoples

Shannon Faulkhead

Appointed June 2018

Chief of Staff

Rod Macneil


General Manager, Digital Life

Carmel O'Keeffe

Appointed November 2017

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