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The MA National Conference 2010 is proud to introduce some inspiring experts as our guest speakers, from Australia and overseas including the US, New Zealand and the UK. Register your interest using the link on the top right to be first with updates on speakers and conference news. More guest speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition to the guest speaker, we have available a list that displays some of the other presenters at the conference. To view this list click here.

Keynote Speakers

Richard SandellProfessor Richard Sandell

Richard Sandell is Director and Head of Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.

His research and practice explores the potential for museums to engage with issues of human rights and to frame the debates which visitors and society more broadly have regarding contemporary, often contentious, social issues He is the author of Museums, Prejudice and the Reframing of Difference (2007), editor of Museums, Society, Inequality (2002) and co-editor (with Robert R. Janes) of Museum Management and Marketing (2007).

His most recent book, edited with Jocelyn Dodd and Rosemarie Garland Thomson and published in 2010 is entitled – Re-Presenting Disability: activism and agency in the museum.

He has held Fellowship positions at the Smithsonian Institution (2005) and the Australian National University (2008) and is on the editorial board of four international peer reviewed museum journals. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Stephen HeppellProfessor Stephen Heppell

Stephen Heppell is a leading international expert in online education. He moved from the UK Government’s groundbreaking Microelectronics Education Program to found Ultralab in the 1980s. Over 20 years Ultralab grew to become Europe’s leading learning technology research centre, with projects that pioneered multimedia CD ROMs and on-line communities - before the advent of the web. He was also the guiding ‘father’ of a number of social networking projects including Schools OnLine for the Department of Trade and Industry in 1995–6, Tesco SchoolNet 2000 from 1999, and from 1999.

He is now CEO of the policy and learning consultancy, which has a portfolio of international projects, and is also retained by a number of organisations including the BBC - to help with future policy and direction - and by the UK government in horizon scanning work to advise of future directions for educational Policy. Stephen Heppell is an Associate of KPMG, and also holds the positions of Chair in New Media Environments at Bournemouth University, Emeritus Professor at Anglia Ruskin University, Visiting Professor at the University of Wales, Newport, and is Executive chairman of LP+. For more information see  

Joanne OrrJoanne Orr

Joanne has been CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) for over five years.  MGS is the lead voice for over 350 member museums and galleries, and the main channel for Scottish Government funding. MGS represents a sector that welcomes over 25 million visitors every year, an industry worth £800 million to the Scottish economy.

Joanne has worked in the museum sector for over 20 years. Previous roles include working for a large local authority in County Durham in the North East of England with a wide range of cross cutting responsibilities including museums, arts, libraries, archives and youth services.  As Director of Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle she was responsible for a large redevelopment and new underground gallery. 

Joanne has also worked in a range of independent museums from the large Ironbridge Gorge Museum World Heritage Site to smaller sites such as Dalmellington and Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum.  At this site Joanne was responsible for a major redevelopment which was subsequently awarded the Gulbenkian Award for most improved museum in rural Britain.

Joanne has academic qualifications in history, industrial archaeology and museum studies and gained an MBA at Durham University Business School, she will also be attending the Getty Museum Leadership Institute for 2010.  Joanne is the founding Chair of UNESCO Scotland Committee, a Director of the UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC), Culture Committee for the UKNC and the Creative & Cultural Skill’s Scotland Employer’s Group.  Joanne is passionate about the role of culture in international development, has considerable consultancy experience both in the UK and abroad and has served on various tourist boards, European and Partnership Committees.   

Morris VogelProfessor Morris Vogel

Morris J. Vogel has been President of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City since June 2008. He trained as an American social and urban historian at the University of Chicago (Ph.D. 1974) and served on the faculty of Temple University for 30 years, advancing in rank to professor and—for four years—acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He has published widely in the social history of American medicine, cultural history, and urban history; his books include Cultural Connections: Museums and Libraries of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, Still Philadelphia: A Photographic History, 1890-1940, and The Invention of the Modern Hospital: Boston, 1870-1930. [NB italics for book titles] While at Temple, Vogel was a member of the Historic Preservation Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Most recently, he served as director of Creativity and Culture at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he initiated strategies for employing culture as an agent of social transformation.

Plenary Speakers

Tracey AveryTracey Avery

Tracey Avery is Director, Strategy and Policy at Heritage Victoria, a Victorian State Government agency within the Department of Planning and Community Development.

An Associate of the Museums Association (UK), Tracey completed the Post-graduate Diploma in Art Gallery & Museum Studies at Manchester University (1990) and the Museums Diploma (Art) in 1992. She worked in the Historic Buildings Department of the National Trust (UK) (1990–98) with research and regional management roles in buildings, collections, gardens and landscapes. Tracey was Co-Project and Curatorial Manager, James Cook Museum, Cooktown (Commonwealth Centenary of Federation Project) for the National Trust of Queensland (1999–2002), while maintaining a curatorial consultancy and was Cultural Heritage Manager at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) (2008–09).

A PhD candidate in Architecture at the University of Melbourne, she has published on interior and object design history, most recently a chapter in the Design History Reader (Berg, 2010).


Warran BebbingtonProfessor Warren Bebbington

Professor Warren Bebbington is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (University Affairs) at The University of Melbourne, responsible for the University’s Engagement mission—relations with key external stakeholders and a range of specific strategic issues which bear on the external presence of the University, including oversight of its cultural policy and programs. He is Chair of the University’s Cultural Collections Committee.

He was Dean of the Faculty of Music, 1991-2005.  Winner of the 2005 University of Melbourne Award for Excellence in Teaching the Humanities and a 2008 Australian Council of Teaching & Learning Citation for Outstanding Teaching, he has had a distinguished career at the Universities of Melbourne and Queensland and at the Australian National University School of Music. His publications include the Oxford Companion to Australian Music and he was for a decade music member of the International Board of Advisers for Encyclopaedia Britannica.

He has served on the Australia Council (chair of music committees for 7 years), Youth Music Australia (deputy chair), and the Australian Music Examinations Board (chair).

Margaret BirtleyMargaret Birtley

Margaret Birtley is the General Manager of Heritage and Tourism for the Melbourne Cricket Club, with responsibility for heritage collections at the MCG.

Her prior experience includes leading the Collections Council of Australia (2005-2010) and Museum Studies at Deakin University (1994-2005). In the early 1990s, Margaret was the first Manager of Visitor Programs at Scienceworks.

Margaret served Museums Australia as national Vice-President (2001-2005), as Chair of the editorial committee for the national magazine (1995-2005), and on the Victorian branch committee in the late 1990s. She helped Museums Australia shape its definition of ‘museum’, and its pioneering guidelines on sustainability.

Through the Collections Council, Margaret helped inaugurate Blue Shield Australia, an equivalent of the Red Cross for cultural heritage.

Margaret contributed to the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries (2008). She is an expert assessor for the Australian Research Council, and an Honorary Fellow of Deakin University.

Stefano CarboniStefano Carboni

Stefano Carboni has been the Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth since October 2008. Previously he was Curator and Administrator in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Visiting Professor of Islamic Art at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. He joined the curatorial staff at the Metropolitan Museum in 1992 after completing his graduate studies in Arabic and in Islamic Art at the University of Venice and his Ph.D. in Islamic Art at the University of London. At the Metropolitan Museum he has been responsible for a large number of exhibitions, including the recent acclaimed Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797 (2006-2007). His publications include authoring and editing several exhibition catalogues, among which are Glass of the Sultans (2001); the prestigious Barr Award winner The Legacy of Genghis Khan. Courtly Arts and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353 (2002); and Venice and the Islamic World; another major publication is the catalogue of the Islamic glass collection in the National Museum of Kuwait (Glass from Islamic Lands. The Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait National Museum, 2001). He lectured widely in the museum and outside and taught courses in Islamic Art and Curatorial Studies on a regular basis at the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU), Hunter College (CUNY), and the Bard Graduate Center for the Decorative Arts in New York. He is presently Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia.

Jason EadesJason Eades

Jason Eades was born in Orbost, South Eastern Victoria. Jason is a proud Gunai man; from an area now know as Gippsland.

Jason’s professional career started in a managerial role at his local Aboriginal Cooperative, Moogji Aboriginal Council. From this experience he progressed into a number of senior management positions including Executive Manager at Mirimbiak Nations Aboriginal Corporation (Victorian Native Title Representative Body), Chief Executive Officer at Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation and Manager, Operations and Budget, Planning and Development Branch, Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.
In January 2004 Jason was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Koorie Heritage Trust - one of Victoria’s leading Cultural Centres.

Jason is passionate about the Arts. Indeed, Jason jumped at the chance to become CEO of the Koorie Heritage Trust as he saw it as a great opportunity to blend his management skills with his passion as an Aboriginal artist. Being CEO of the Trust allows him to have a direct role in the development of the Victorian Indigenous arts community.  He is particularly interested in promoting the diverse and distinctive identity of Aboriginal culture from the South East.

Jason’s career has seen him work in a number of different fields but always with a focus on Indigenous issues.  He is passionate about his community and in particular about providing opportunities to young people to learn about their culture and identity and the role the arts plays in supporting the wellbeing of community.

In recent years Jason has become involved in the development of leadership and economic development opportunities within the Aboriginal community.  He sees these as potentials to bring about real change for Aboriginal people.
Jason is involved with number of organisations including the Victorian Indigenous Leadership Network, Kinaway  (Victorian Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce), The Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages and is currently Co-Chair of the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Development Group.

Jason won the 2010 Museums Australia (Victoria) Award for Excellence by an individual.

The 2010 Victorian Museum Awards recognise excellence, innovation and leadership in Museum practice within Victoria.

Joyce FanJoyce Fan

Joyce Fan has held the position of curator at the recently established National Art Gallery, Singapore, since July 2009. Since commencing her museum career in 1993 at the former National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore, she has been researching Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art. She later embarked upon further studies in the United States, pursing her Masters in art history and criticism at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, while serving as the Kruss Foundation intern at the Asian Art department of the Brooklyn Museum of Art. After completing her thesis on social realist woodcuts in Singapore, she resumed her museum career with the Singapore Art Museum where she was responsible for developing the collections of art from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. Her later involvement in Cubism in Asia: Unbounded dialogues (2005), an exhibition that examined art developments from early to mid-20th century, led to her current interest in understanding art from a regional perspective, particularly in the confluences and divergences of art practices. She recently realised Realism in Asian art, a collaboration with the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, that surveyed paintings from ten Asian countries from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.

Patrick GreeneDr J. Patrick Greene

Dr J. Patrick Greene was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Museum Victoria in August 2002.  The Museum comprises the Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum, as well as the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and IMAX Theatre. Patrick has led a process of change in which Museum Victoria has been transformed into a networked organisation. The strategy ‘Exploring Victoria; Discovering the World’ has resulted in new exhibitions, public programmes and websites that draw on the Museum’s strengths in research and collections. 

From 1971, Patrick directed the excavations of Norton Priory in Cheshire which became the largest archaeological investigation of a medieval monastic site in Europe.   In 1983, he took up the post of Director of the embryonic Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester which grew extremely rapidly to become one of the largest of its kind in the world, winning over 50 awards including ‘Museum of the Year’ in 1990.

Patrick has been active in the tourist industry and heritage organisations throughout his career.  He is a Fellow of the Tourism Society and Museums Association in the UK, and of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia.  He is a past-president of the Museums Association and chaired the Expert Panel of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the UK.  He was also Chairman of the European Museum Forum, the organisation that operates the European Museum of the Year competition. 

Currently, he is a member of the Executive of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors, the Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee, and member of the National Cultural Heritage Committee. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Cultural Heritage Asia Pacific of Deakin University and a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne.  He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1991.

Janette GriffinJanette Griffin

Janette Griffin has been working in education and museum learning for many years. A particular passion is relationships between students and adult museum experiences.  She has worked with a number of regional community museums to develop relationships between the local community, visitors, teachers and children.  In particular she, with others, has explored how small museums contribute to social capital in regional communities.  Janette has worked as a secondary science teacher, museum educator, established and run a CSIRO science education centre and for some time has been teaching at University of Technology Sydney, where she runs a dedicated subject for students to understand the relationships between teachers, students and museum educators.  She also teaches the Communication and Public Programs subject in the Sydney University Museum Studies course.  She has conducted research and development programs with a number of regional venues in NSW and Victoria.  These community programs will be explored in the session at the Museums Australia conference 2010.

Michelle Hippolite

Michelle Hippolite

Michelle Hippolite was appointed Kaihautū of Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, in February 2008. She shares the strategic leadership of the Museum with the Chief Executive. 

Michelle is of Ngāti Pou and Rongowhakaata descent. She has a strong background in senior public policy and public sector management roles, providing leadership for the government's Māori Language Strategy, the establishment of Māori Television, Treaty of Waitangi, foreshore and seabed, fisheries, arts, culture, and heritage and Pacific people. 


Lynda KellyLynda Kelly

Dr Lynda Kelly is Head of Audience Research at the Australian Museum, Sydney. For the past two years Dr Kelly undertook a variety of senior management roles at the Museum; as Head of Visitor Programs and Services she looked after the learning, outreach, audience research, visitor programs, events and volunteer functions. Prior to that, she was Head of Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, Web and Audience Research, managing two major outreach projects as well as the Museum’s audience research and evaluation function.  

Lynda Kelly has published widely in museum evaluation and writes the Audience Research in Museums blog with a readership of around 1,500 per month, and administers Museum 3.0, a social network site for museum professionals with an active, global membership of over 2,000. She is particularly interested in visitor experiences and learning and how these can be measured; young children’s learning; Indigenous evaluation; and the strategic uses of audience research and new technologies in organisational change. Dr Kelly is curious to see how Web 2.0 will change the world in which museums operate and the ways people learn. In 2007 she completed her PhD in museum learning, and in 2010 her latest book, Hot Topics, Public Culture, Museums, co-edited with Dr Fiona Cameron, will be released.


Zu-Chun LiaoDr Zu - Chun Liao

Zu-chun Liao is Assistant Curator and Collection Manager at the National Museum of Natural Science in Taiwan. She received her PhD from the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, by presenting her dissertation on ‘The construction of local identity in Lukang’. During her master’s degree program she worked at the Museum of Texas Tech University, where her inspiration for bridging the gap between archives and the museum sciences began. Her knowledge and collection of data, artifacts and information about the town of Lukang, its residents and archives have allowed her to play an important role in the production and management of the Lukang exhibit. This exhibit serves as the culmination of years of research, interviews, negotiations and active field work on the town of Lukang, its lifestyle and the preservation of Taiwan’s past through rare photographs and artifacts. Dr Liao is also a Member of the Society for Historical Archaeology in North America and of the Popular Cultural Association in the USA.

David McFaddenDavid Revere McFadden

David Revere McFadden has been Chief Curator and Vice President for Programs and Collections at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York since 1997.  From 1978 to 1995 he McFadden was Curator of Decorative Arts and Assistant Director for Collections and Research at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. For six years he served as President of ICOM’s Decorative Arts and Design Committee. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in the history of art with a secondary major in Chinese political history.

David McFadden has organized over 150 exhibitions on decorative arts, design, and craft, covering developments from the ancient world to the present day. Thematic exhibitions include Wine: Celebration and ceremony, L’Art de Vivre: Decorative Arts and Design In France 1789-1989, Scandinavian Modern 1880-1980, Hair, a landmark exploration of the visual and design history of human hair; Changing hands/art without reservation: Contemporary Native American art from the Southwest, and Defining craft: Collecting for the new millennium. His recent exhibitions, such as Dead or alive: Nature becomes art. have explored the expanding definitions of materials in the arts  

Mr McFadden has published over 160 books, articles, catalogues, and reviews, delivered over 300 lectures and papers, and spoken at such cultural institutions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. He has been named Knight, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland; Knight Commander of the Order of the Polar Star of Sweden; and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France. He has received the Presidential Design Award for Excellence three times.

Gina PanebiancoGina Panebianco

Gina Panebianco is Head of Education and Public Programs at the National Gallery of Victoria and a member of the NGV’s Senior Management Team. Her primary responsibilities are the management of research, development, implementation and evaluation of programs, learning resources and services to local, national and international audiences and visitors.

Gina has a Bachelor of Education and a Higher Diploma of Teaching in Visual Arts and Crafts. She has worked as an art educator and administrator for more than 20 years in various roles of responsibility including Head of Arts and Crafts Faculty in secondary schools, Curriculum Adviser and Regional Consultant in Graphic Communication, Senior Education Officer and Principal of Education Services at the NGV, Manager of the Visual Arts Network for Victoria,  Project Manager for VCE Top Arts (1994–2007) and Co-Convener of the Arts Network 2009–2011(Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Media and Design Network Arts Network ).

During Gina’s time as Head of Education and Public Programs (since 1998) the NGV has received six Arts Victoria leadership awards in art education and public and community programs. Education at the NGV has also been successful in securing government and philanthropic grants and support for innovative programs and on-line resources for teachers, students, youth, young children and families.


Susanna SiuSusanna Siu 

Susanna Lai-kuen Siu is Chief Curator (Heritage & Museum Services) in the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong Administrative Region.  As a graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Susanna began her career as Assistant Curator (Local History) at the Hong Kong Museum of History.  She served in the Museum of History until 1976 when she took up the Assistant Curator in Chinese Art and Antiquities at the Museum of Art.  From 1993, in the role of Curator (Historic Buildings) at the Antiquities and Historic Monuments Office, she conceived and managed major conservation projects, two of which were awarded UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation (2000 and 2001).  

In 2001 she was seconded to the Home Affairs Bureau post of Chief Curator (Policy Review) in which she reviewed and formulated policy on cultural heritage, the protection of built heritage and heritage education policy. By 2003 she had attained a Master of Architecture, and in 2005 took up the position of Chief Curator (Heritage) in the Home Affairs Bureau. In 2006, she briefly put that role on hold to assist in the planning of the West Kowloon Cultural District, which includes an innovative cultural institution known as Museum Plus. Since resuming the Chief Curator position in 2008, she has been involved in policy development, fundraising and planning for the Hong Kong-hosted portion of the 2008 Olympic Games.

She is author of two full-length plays based on the diverse local cultural practices she observed during archaeological and ethnographic field excursions.  One of these ‘The Evacuation Order’, inspired by local farming culture, was performed by the Hong Kong Dance Company in 2004.  Susanna currently teaches the course ‘Antiquities and Monuments of Hong Kong’ at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Cultural Heritage Studies for the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Anthropology department, and has been Secretary of the Council of Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.

Vicki WardenVicki Warden

For the past eight years Vicki Warden has worked as the Museum Development Officer for Southern Inland Queensland, based at the Cobb & Co Museum in Toowoomba, as part of the Queensland Museum’s Museum Resource Centre Network across the state. Since 2008 Vicki has also fulfilled the role of Museum Development Coordinator for the Network. In a previous life Vicki worked in the field of paper conservation and preservation for 16 years within archives, libraries, galleries and museums around Australia. Vicki loves helping regional museum workers achieve their goals.


Dietrich WildungProfessor Dietrich Wildung

Dietrich Wildung is Professor of Egyptology at Free University Berlin and since 1995 has also headed the Naga Excavation Project in northern Sudan.  Professor Wildung trained in classics and art history at Munich University and in Paris, completing a doctorate in Egyptology in 1967.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Professor Wildung held senior posts at Munich University and the Egyptian Museum, in Munich, and for over ten years directed an excavation at Minshar Abu Omar in the East Nile Delta.  From 1989 until 2009 he was Chief Curator of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, Berlin.  Widely published, and author of the major monograph Egypt: From Prehistory to the Romans, he specialises in the Pharaonic Period of Egyptian History.  He has also developed several successful international exhibitions about Egypt and the Sudan for audiences in Mexico City, Tokyo and cities throughout Europe. He has been President and Vice-President of the International Association of Egyptologists and has received several prestigious decorations, including the Order of the Two Niles (Sudan) and theChevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France).

Kylie WinkworthKylie Winkworth

Kylie Winkworth is a museum and heritage consultant with a long-standing interest in the relationships between people, places and collections. She works with heritage and collecting organisations, museums and local government, developing strategic plans, feasibility studies and collaborative projects. She has a particular interest in museum renewal and sustainability. Some of her projects involve working with community organisations to explore the significance of their collections and ways of sustaining museums in regional communities. Her publications include Significance 2.0, co-authored with Roslyn Russell, which is now used by many collecting organisations.   

In the area of heritage and museum policy, Kylie has served on various boards and committees including the National Cultural Heritage Committee, 2002-2010. She was a director of the now defunct Collections Council of Australia, a trustee of the Powerhouse Museum and a member of the NSW Arts Advisory Council. 

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