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2015 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

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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.

Ken Brooks

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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 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.

Ken 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. 

Ken has undertaken some work on in-house exhibitions as well as a touring exhibition based on the history of Brennan & Geraghty's Store. Much of this work involved research, text writing, documentation of collection items and needs of fragile objects used within the displays. 

Ken was involved in the redevelopment of The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame at Longreach and undertook a variety of work included 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. Ken is also working with Maryborough’s Portside Centre with re-housing and preventive conservation work to items in storage that were affected due to the 2013 floods.

Ken is also working with the Fraser Coast Regional Council on the Maryborough Open House Scheme which is a project that sees a number of private homes, Council owned sites and commercial properties open for public visitation during October each year.

Christine Ianna

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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&GSQ'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.  

Lisa Jones

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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. Between 1995 and 1997 Lisa worked as a freelance Curator, writing collection policies and business plans for small regional museums. 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 and Galleries Queensland, Brisbane's Living Heritage Network and the Brisbane History Group. She also works as a Museum Consultant and since 2005 she has been a Peer Reviewer for the M&G QLD Museum Standards Review Program.

Dr Geraldine Mate

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Geraldine is the Senior Curator of Transport and Energy at The Workshops Rail Museum, one of the museums in the 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 and transport 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. 

Matthew Scott

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Matthew first started in the museum world as a volunteer in a local National Trust house whilst an undergraduate studying Historical Archaeology. From this he found an enduring fascination for historic interiors and collections that inspired an honours thesis and postgraduate study in materials conservations. From 1998 to 2012 Matthew worked as a preventive conservator and curator of collections for the Historic Houses Trust of NSW and was responsible for diverse projects including storage facilities, artists-in-residence collaborations and the development of virtual public access.

Ross Searle

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Ross Searle has worked in Australian art museums since 1982. He was the Curator of the Shepparton Art Gallery (1982-1986) where he developed an expert knowledge of Australian ceramics. In 1986 he was appointed as Director of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, a position he held for 10 years, which saw the gallery rise to national significance due to its fine exhibition program and the consolidation of its collection, with many important new acquisitions. In 1996 Ross returned to Brisbane as the first full-time Director of the University of Queensland Art Museum. In his eleven years in this position, the collection doubled in size with works by Australian and international artists. The University Art Collection is Queensland's second largest public art collection. Ross also had a lead role in the $8 million transformation of the former Mayne Hall into a new home for the University of Queensland Art Museum. The triple award-winning design is effectively Queensland's public building for 2006.

In 2008 he established a museum consultancy and specialises in the small to medium-sized museum and gallery sector. Ross holds post-graduate qualifications in Museum Studies.


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