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.

Professor Rufus Black

President

Rufus is the Vice Chancellor and President at the University of Tasmania. Previously, he was Master of Melbourne University’s Ormond College and a Principal Fellow in both the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne. Rufus’ private sector experience includes nine years as a partner at McKinsey and Company, serving clients in Australia and Asia, and as a Director for national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. His social and educational sector experience includes being the Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University, the founding Chair of the Board of the Teach for Australia Board and a Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Rufus holds degrees in law, politics, economics, ethics and theology from the University of Melbourne and Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. For Museums Victoria, Rufus is also Chair of the People, Culture and Governance Committee.

Appointed 2016

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 Colin Golvan AM QC

Colin is a Queen's Counsel at the Victorian Bar and practises law in the areas of intellectual property and trade practices. He is chairperson of the board of trustees of the Victorian Bar Indigenous Barristers' Fund. In 2018, Colin was awarded an AM in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his service to the law, legal education and particular his support for Indigenous students, and to the arts through governance and philanthropy. Colin a member of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee, the Audit and Risk Committee, and the People, Culture and Governance Committee.

Appointed 2010

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

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 Infrastructure Committee.

Appointed 2017

Ms Annette Vickery

Holding qualifications in business and community mediation, Annette has held a wide range of positions in her professional career ranging from the Department of Justice, Victoria Police and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. Annette is Chair of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee and a member of the Nominations, People, Culture and Governance Committee.

Appointed 2013

Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer

Lynley Marshall 

MBA (EXECUTIVE) (AUCK.)

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

APPOINTED FEBRUARY 2017

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

Director, Experience & Engagement

Caro Llewellyn

Responsible for creating a visitor experience that is engaging, interesting and continues to expand our audience through digital technology and the provision of reliable, world class business information management systems. Also responsible for the implementation and management of Information Technology systems throughout Museums Victoria. The position is responsible for the development of Museums Victoria exhibitions and the production of planetarium shows, outreach content and other public programs.

APPOINTED JULY 2017

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

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.

APPOINTED NOVEMBER 2013

Acting General Manager, Scienceworks 

Jonathan Shearer

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

APPOINTED APRIL 2018

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 & Publicity

Nat Muscat

APPOINTED OCtober 2017

General Manager, Development 

Sandie Hall

APPOINTED 2017

General Manager, People & Culture 

Sean Royal

APPOINTED JUNE 2017

Head, First Peoples

Genevieve Grieves

Appointed JANUARY 2018

Acting Head, First Peoples

Shannon Faulkhead

Appointed June 2018

Chief of Staff

Rod Macneil

APPOINTED JULY 2017

Head Digital Life

Carmel O'Keeffe

Appointed November 2017

Director Transformational Projects

Jodie Bennett

Appointed 2017

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