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2016 Standards Reviewers Biographies

The following Reviewers have been 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.


Justin Bishop

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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.


Joolie Gibbs

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Joolie has been Gallery Coordinator of the Gympie Regional Gallery for over 18 years.

She has been a freelance Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Desktop Publishing officer for government and private businesses, and self-employed in many areas such as set design, tutoring, workshop facilitation, fibre art, tombstone art and as a modelmaker for Playschool TV One, New Zealand.

Joolie has judged many regional art shows in her current role and is on the Museums Australia Queensland Board. In her community role, she is Coordinator of the Mary River Festival, and committee member on CoolArts Gympie, Gympie Regional Council Heritage Advisory Committee, Gympie Regional Council Arts & Cultural Reference Panel, Gympie Regional Council Public Art Advisory Group, and Creative Unlimited Gympie committees, and a founding member of Papermakers of Queensland.

In 2010, the Gympie Regional Gallery undertook the Standards Review Program as a participant.


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 Standards Review Program.


Dr Jan King

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Emigrating from Wales, UK in 1996 to settle in Queensland, Jan was previously a full-time lecturer for the University of Wales; a Local Government Councillor, School Governor and a Director on the Board of Torfaen Museum Trust, which has accredited museum status in South Wales.

Jan became the inaugural Curator Manager of the Electricity Industry Historical Trust, based in Brisbane, in 1997. When the Trust was incorporated as Queensland Energy Museum Inc. (QEM) in December 1999, she was appointed its inaugural Director and held the position until May 2015, when QEM closed its doors permanently. Since 1997, Jan has undertaken research into Queensland’s energy history and heritage, with an emphasis on traditional and alternative energy technologies, its impact on everyday life and community development.

During her work with QEM, Jan produced over 30 exhibitions (touring, photographic and static), four commissioned works and was involved in the planning stages of three new museums and two public park areas. She also offered talks to groups on Queensland’s energy heritage, completed many oral history projects, website content and became a volunteer peer reviewer for museum standards in Queensland with Museums and Galleries Queensland.

Founder of QEM's Memories of Energy Groups in Queensland, in 2005 Jan launched the first Memories of Energy Trail fromYarraman to Kilkivan in the South Burnett. Her publications include a range of social, industrial, oral and family history articles and conference papers in the UK and Australia and four books related to Queensland's energy heritage.


Bronwyn Roper

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Bronwyn Roper is the Senior Cultural Development Producer with the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).


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.


Maggi Solly

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Maggi has worked in the museum sector for over 34 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.

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 a member 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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