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2017 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

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.


Emma Best

Emma has been a museum geek pretty much all her life, but more happily a paid one for the last 16 years. A trained primary school teacher, she has primarily worked in museum education (formal and informal) but also in exhibition development, public programmes, and online – where her interpretation skills are utilised in all these areas. Emma is a proud Kiwi and has worked at Otago Museum (Dunedin) and the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. She doesn’t miss the cold.

A failed shy wallflower Emma favours, where appropriate, a more quirky, unexpected, yes – even daggy approach to public engagement. She currently works at Newcastle Museum where her increasingly popular programmes for people with disabilities and the aged involve dead stuffed things, squid and coprolites. Yes, that’s her messy creative desk.


Justin Bishop

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 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 hope 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.


Ken Brooks

Ken Brooks has been involved in the museum industry since 1989, with heavy involvement in the work prior to and during the restoration of Brennan & Geraghty's Store in Maryborough. The store is now a museum operated by the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) which contains in excess of 100,000 items that are all provenanced to the store.

After Ken’s initial involvement in the restoration works of the Store he continued in a voluntary capacity until being engaged on a full-time basis at the museum as curator/manager in 1992. He attends to all of the collection needs, as well as the general operation and maintenance of the property including volunteer management, visitor services and garden maintenance. Ken oversaw further conservation works in 2010 which included the installation of a fire detection and prevention system. He is developing and managing the digitisation programme which includes the indexing and digital copying of the archival collection for ultimate public access. In 1996 he developed the National Trust digital collections register and has provided collection management assistance to other National Trust properties. He has also provided assistance to other small community based museums within Queensland and New South Wales, and worked on Conservation Management Plans for historic structures in both states.

Ken undertakes a variety of work on in-house exhibitions as well as a previous touring exhibition based on the history of Brennan & Geraghty's Store. Much of this work involves research, text writing, documentation of collection items and needs of fragile objects used within the displays. He also manages the National Trust Historic Interiors Resource Centre which collects and cares for items relevant to Queensland Interiors from the 1860s through to the 1980s - these items include wallpapers, floor coverings, textiles and other household fittings.

In 2000 Ken was involved in the redevelopment of The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame at Longreach and undertook a variety of work including reviewing the existing displays, reviewing the objects on display and those in storage, preparing the brief for the exhibition designers to tender on, developing the thematic framework for the new displays, preparing ideas on visitor needs and visitor flow throughout the displays and the entire building. He was also engaged to handle collection management needs of the large number of items held within the HOF Collection and he developed ways in which the objects in storage could be used.

Ken is presently assisting the Maryborough Wide Bay & Burnett Historical Society with recovery caused by flood issues from the 2013 flood disaster. Some of this work includes the development of a new collections policy, display plan and a new disaster plan. He is also working on a Significance Assessment for the collection of around 5,000 original library book collection dating from the 1760s which are still housed within the Maryborough School Of Arts Building (The Historical Societies home). Continual structural problems with the building will be finalised 2017/18 enabling further collection management plans to be developed. The interior of the building is also due for re-painting during this time. Ken is now working on a plan for the moving and re-housing of all objects and furnishings to ensure that the painting process goes as smoothly as possible.


Christine Ianna

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.


Ian Jempson

Ian was appointed CEO of the Queensland Maritime Museum (QMM) in 2005. He has been on the committee of the Australian Maritime Museums Council since 2005 and a Board Member of Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network for a number of years. Ian is a member of the Steering Committee of the Australian Register of Historic Vessels. QMM has undertaken the Standards Review Program and Ian has also been a Reviewer for the program for a number of years. He served as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy and was a navigation and warfare specialist.


Lisa Jones

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.


Dr Geraldine Mate

Geraldine is the Principal Curator - History, Industry and Technology, Queensland Museum Network. Her varied career includes process engineering in industrial manufacturing across Australia, cultural heritage assessments of archaeological sites, research examining archaeological landscapes, interpretation of industrial heritage, and curatorial work including research on science, technology, transport and industry in the context of Queensland history, exhibition development, interpretation and publication.

Geraldine’s role at the Museum has allowed her to explore her research interests, which include broad considerations of social/industrial interplay in historical landscapes, the history and cultural heritage of industry, and ideas about technology today and in the past.


Sarah-Jane Rennie

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.


Bronwyn Roper

Bronwyn is currently the Senior Cultural Development Producer with the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). She has worked as the Community Heritage Curator with City of Melbourne’s Library Service and previously she has worked as Assistant Curator at the Australian War Memorial and Museum Development Officer with Queensland Museum.


Maggi Solly

Maggi has worked in the museum sector for over 35 years, predominantly in local government and with the community museums sector.

Commencing with the Hunterian Museum at Glasgow University, her career has spanned a series of curatorial, advisory and management roles in Scotland, England and Australia. In the last 16 years based in her new adopted home, Maggi has been based in Brisbane, Newcastle and Melbourne. Her most recent role as Director saw her complete a major redevelopment of a local museum to 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.

She 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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