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


Appointed 2019

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.

Leon is also Chair of Museums Victoria’s Nominations Remuneration and Governance Committee.

Dr Bronte Adams AM

Appointed 2020

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.

Bronte is a member of Museums Victoria’s Audit and Risk, and Nominations Remuneration and Governance Committees.

Ms Linda Bardo Nicholls AO

Appointed 2017

Linda is a corporate advisor and a non-executive director of a number of leading Australian companies and organisations. She is Chair of Melbourne Health, and a Director of Medibank Private and Ingham’s Enterprises. Previously Linda was Chair of Japara Healthcare, a Director of Fairfax Media, Olivia Newton John Cancer Research Institute, Pacific Brands, Sigma Pharmaceuticals and St George Bank; and Chair 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, Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Nominations, Remuneration and Governance Committee.

Professor Bronwyn Fox

Appointed 2021

Bronwyn was appointed as Chief Scientist for CSIRO in June 2021, having previously held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at Swinburne University. She is an internationally recognised expert on carbon fibre and composite materials and was a founding Director of Swinburne’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute. Bronwyn is Chair of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (Victorian Division), a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Tim Goodwin

Appointed 2019

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 Human Rights Law Centre, and in 2018, received the Federal Attorney General’s National Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year Award.

Tim is Chair of Museums Victoria’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee, and a member of the Research Committee.

Mr Dale McKee

Appointed 2021

Dale was a senior partner at PwC with extensive experience serving Australia’s largest listed companies in audit, accounting, corporate governance, risk management and capital markets matters, and also served some of the world’s most significant enterprises whilst posted to PwC in London.
Dale is a Bachelor of Business and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.

Dale is currently a Trustee of the Marion and EH Flack Trust, Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of ASX listed Carbon Revolution Ltd and business consultant. Former roles include being a member of the Australian Auditing Standards Board and finance committee roles at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Dale has served as an independent non-voting member of the Museums Victoria Audit and Risk Committee since January 2020, and also serves as a member of the museum’s Steering Committee for the Scienceworks redevelopment project.

Ms Mary Stuart

Appointed 2019

Mary is Executive Director of the iconic 108-year-old Luna Park Melbourne. Mary has a background in industrial relations, industry development and corporate governance with national ACTU Officer responsibilities for a range of industries across Printing and Newspapers, Building and Construction, Pulp and Paper, Timber and Forrest Products, Coal Mining and Maritime industries. Mary has also achieved pay equity test cases and professional rates for industry sectors dominated by women such as nursing and education/teaching. Mary has held several state and federal statutory positions and appointments and has been responsible for the establishment of organisations specialising in training, advocacy and social justice. Mary is also Chairperson of ‘Her Place, Women’s Museum Australia’, Vice President of the Australian Amusement, Leisure and Recreations Association Inc (AALARA), Deputy Chair of St Kilda Tourism Association and remains actively involved in a range of community and social justice organisations.

Mary is Chair of Museums Victoria’s People, Culture and Industrial Relations Committee a member of Museums Victoria’s Development Committee.

Mr Peter Tullin

Appointed 2017

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 Museums Victoria’s Development Committee.

Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer & Director

Lynley Crosswell


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

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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