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2018 Standards Reviewers Biographies

The following Reviewers were invited to work with Museums & Galleries Queensland on the Standards Review Program for their capacity to represent the diversity of the museum sector and networks.

All reviewers are very familiar with the day-to-day operations of the small to medium museums that the Standards Review Program has been targeting since 2005. Reviewers act as an ongoing reference group for the program.


Elizabeth Bates, Museum & Gallery Consultant

Elizabeth is an independent museum and art gallery consultant who most recently worked at Museum of Brisbane. During her time at MoB she held the positions of Senior Collections and Archive Manager, Program Manager and Learning and Outreach Manager. Before joining MoB she worked in Travelling Exhibitions and Education at the Queensland Art Gallery. One of Elizabeth's greatest adventures was to spend three years in Alice Springs as the Visual Arts Coordinator at Araluen Arts Centre.

Before embarking on a career in the Museum industry, Elizabeth spent several years teaching art and physical education at secondary school level. As well as her Education training, Elizabeth has obtained tertiary qualifications in Art History, Australian History, Fine Art (majoring in print making) and Communication (Public Relations).

Associated professional activities have included board positions on several visual arts organisations in Queensland, regular judging commitments and representation in visual arts publications. Elizabeth is also a member of the Arts and Social Sciences Advisory Committee at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She will travel anywhere as long as there is a swimming pool.


Justin Bishop, Director, KickArts Contemporary Arts

Aside from a few years spent travelling and a brief stint in the construction industry, Justin has worked in the regional gallery sector in Queensland since 1998 when he started as a casual exhibition installation officer at the Gold Coast City Art Gallery.

From 2008 – 2010 he was Director at Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery where he underwent the Standards Review Program as a participant. He then became the Exhibitions Manager / Deputy Director at Cairns Regional Gallery. Justin currently holds the position of Director, KickArts Contemporary Arts in Cairns.

Justin prefers working within regional Queensland, as he believes the regions are key growth areas in the arts industry requiring nurturing. He hopes that his experience in the day-to-day management of a regional gallery in conjunction with collection management, exhibition design and development skills learned through practice may offer some support for Standards Review Program participants. Justin is a participant in the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Leaders Program for 2018 and sits on the Boards of Public Galleries Queensland the Thancoupie Bursary Fund.


Kylie Bourne, President, Miles Historical Village Museum

Kylie has been involved in working and volunteering at a grass-roots community level for over 25 years as a qualified educator, experienced community and cultural devotee. She brings a wealth of experience, range of skills and appreciations that provide a diverse understanding in relation to social, educational, community and cultural planning, processes, events and projects. She has a particular interest in consultation, working with and assisting community arts and cultural organisations to strive to achieve their full potential.

Kylie has a thorough understanding of operational planning and policy development to assist in influencing the delivery of strategic and innovative projects. Kylie’s particular areas of expertise and interest include: community & cultural committee operations; business and strategic planning; cultural facility operations; grant writing; fundraising; events; education; regional tourism; realising community and cultural projects; and making time in-between community commitments for her own arts practice.

Kylie has supported and led the Miles Historical Village Museum team through two Standards Review Programs and is a very strong advocate for the program and what it can do to achieve positive and lasting outcomes for cultural organisations. Her involvement in the program has shaped how she sees cultural facilities.


Christine Ianna, Conservator & Museum Consultant

Christine has worked in the Museum and Materials Conservation profession in Queensland for more than twenty five years. She has held varied positions including Scientist (Materials Conservation) at the Queensland Museum; Manager, Preservation Services, Queensland State Archives; Manager, Publications Reformatting and Coordinator, Reformatting at the State Library of Queensland. Christine is an active member of the Australian Society of Archivists (Qld Branch) and a Professional Member of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Material Inc (AICCM), the peak body for Conservators in Australia.

Christine is an established and respected conservator who has developed considerable expertise in providing preventive conservation advice and training to a variety of differently resourced collections. Christine’s success in this area has largely been attributed to her thorough knowledge, her lateral thinking and the relevant and practical, cost conscious advice she provides. She is constantly promoting links within the GLAM sector and has supported the Museums & Galleries Queensland's Standards Review Program for a number of years.

In 2014 Christine successfully completed a Diploma in Law and Collections Management from The Institute of Art and Law, London. In 2007, she was awarded a Special Commendation in M&G QLD's Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) in recognition of the generous contribution of her knowledge and skills to the museum community, and her significant long-term commitment to the sector.


Amanda James, Senior Community History Officer, History Trust of South Australia

Amanda has almost always worked with community museums and history groups and currently leads projects and programs for this sector through her work at the History Trust of South Australia. Her considerable experience extends across collections and museums management, interpretation, standards, public programs, online projects, skills development, community engagement and strategic planning. She manages the museum standards and accreditation program for South Australia and is a member of the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries Taskforce.

Amanda has worked with a huge variety of museums and historical groups, appreciates that ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ and believes in finding practical, affordable and creative solutions to assist groups to effectively manage their museums and collections. She enjoys the diversity of working in the community museums sector and is a keen advocate for the important place of community collections in preserving and telling history. She is currently coordinating a state wide online collections project about rural women on the land and revising the South Australian standards and accreditation program to better support groups into the future.


Ian Jempson, Consultant

Ian has worked in the museum sector since 1998, as CEO, Queensland Maritime Museum (2005-2017) and General Manager, Waltzing Matilda Centre (1998-2004).

He has been a Reviewer for the Standards Review Program for a number of years and is a volunteer Board member of Brisbane's Living Heritage Network, Royal Historical Society of Queensland and Australian Association for Maritime Heritage. Ian served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1982-1998.


Margot Jolly, Consultant

Margot has been working in museums for the last 20 years beginning with volunteering as a guide while completing a Museum Studies Diploma at Sydney University. She spent 10 years working for Sydney Living Museums (formerly Historic Houses Trust), experiencing each of their 13 properties and in turn gained experience in managing most aspects of an historic property and a museum.

Margot has hands-on experience in several areas including collection management, conservation cleaning and storage and interpretation and exhibition development. During her time with Sydney Living Museums she gained skills in developing education programs, role play programs and tour presentations. She worked in the area of volunteer training and management, as well as strategic planning and curatorial management.

Over the last eight years Margot has built a consultancy in the regional central west area of NSW, working with volunteer museums and local government.

Margot loves working with small museums and volunteers. The possibilities are great and she says 'it’s always an enjoyable process to work with communities of people who are keen to safeguard their stories and present them in an educative and engaging way for the rest of us'.


Lisa Jones, Curator, Queensland Police Museum

Lisa has 30 years’ experience in the museum sector, which began when she volunteered at the Queensland Museum (QM), packing dinosaur bones for the move to their new building at South Bank in late 1985. She then began working as a QM Guide and volunteered in both the Anthropology and Social History sections. In 1992 Lisa completed a Masters of Museum Studies at JCU. In 1994 she gained employment as Assistant Curator in the Social History Section of the QM and in 1994 travelled to Calgary and gained skills in collection management as an intern at the Glenbow Museum. In 1997 she was lucky enough to gain employment as Curator of the Queensland Police Museum where she is currently employed.

Lisa enjoys being involved with, and remains connected to the broader museum industry, through her involvement with Museums & Galleries Queensland, and Brisbane History Group. She also works as a Museum Consultant and since 2005 she has been a Reviewer for the M&G QLD Standards Review Program.


Sarah-Jane Rennie, Head, Collections Care, Sydney Living Museums

Sarah-Jane is the Head of Collections Care at Sydney Living Museums (The Historic Houses Trust), NSW. In this role she is responsible for the management of the SLM's objects based collection, located across more than twelve properties. This role includes the setting, implementation and supervision of standards in collection care, collection storage, conservation cleaning, conservation documentation, pest and disaster management.

Over the past three years Sarah-Jane has been working on a collaborative project between Sydney Living Museums, the Australian Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences on the development and fitout of a three storey collection storage facility at the Museums Discovery Centre in Western Sydney. The building was completed in September 2016 and Sarah-Jane has spent the past year coordinating the documentation, cleaning, packing and movement of several thousand objects into this new store.

Prior to working with Sydney Living Museums, Sarah-Jane worked at Museums & Galleries NSW as the Manager, Sector Development and as a conservator in museums, galleries and private settings. She has contributed to a variety of cultural publications and training packages on a range of topics including preventive conservation, significance assessment and the development of museums and galleries in heritage buildings. She has been a board member of ArtsTraining NSW and Accessible Arts and was a member of the National Standards Taskforce for the museum and gallery sector.


Maggi Solly, Consultant

Maggi has worked in the museum sector for over 36 years, predominantly in local government and with the community museums sector.

Her career has spanned a series of curatorial, advisory and management roles in Scotland, England and Australia. In the last 17 years in Australia, Maggi has been worked in Brisbane, Newcastle and Melbourne. Until 2016 she was Director of the multi-award winning Yarra Ranges Regional Museum in Victoria. Maggi now undertakes Museum, Gallery and Cultural Heritage consultancy projects for a range of clients, and is a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria.

Maggi has been involved with the development and implementation of standards and accreditation programs for museums and galleries in both the UK and Australia, and is currently Chair of the Museum Accreditation Program Committee with Museums Australia (Victoria).

Maggi believes that community museums contribute enormously to the vibrancy of the sector and is keen to support that passion by building capacity in any way she can.


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