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Executive management is comprised of the Director, Chief Operating Officer and two Assistant Directors. They collectively provide strategic and operational leadership to the National Museum.

New National Museum of Australia Director

Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts, Senator The Honourable George Brandis QC, announced the appointment of Dr Mathew Trinca as Director of the National Museum of Australia, in a media release on 20 February 2014.

Read the full media release on the Attorney-General's website

Director, Dr Mathew Trinca

Mathew Trinca

Dr Mathew Trinca is the Director of the National Museum of Australia. His current term of appointment is from 17 February 2014, for a period of five years.

Mathew was the Acting Director of the National Museum from 2 July 2013.

Since 2006, Mathew has been the Museum's Assistant Director, Collections, Content and Exhibitions, with responsibility for collections acquisition, management and preservation, redevelopment of permanent galleries, temporary and travelling exhibitions, and curatorial and research activities.

Mathew has a PhD in history from the University of Sydney and is also a graduate of the University of Western Australia. He has research interests in the social and cultural relationships between Britain and Australia, and in museological theory and practice.

Mathew joined the National Museum as a senior curator in 2003, after working as a history curator and manager of the MuseumLink program at the Western Australian Museum, in Perth. He previously worked as a consultant for public history projects including conservation plans, exhibition developments and short documentary films. Mathew has published papers on the history of Australian travel to London, on museums and their meaning, and has co-edited two books, Country: Visions of Land and People in Western Australia and Under Suspicion: Citizenship and Internment in Australia during World War II. He is also presently the Secretary of Museum's Australia's National Council Executive.

The Director of the National Museum of Australia is appointed under Section 23 of the National Museum of Australia Act 1980.

Chief Operating Officer, Operations, Graham Smith

Prior to joining the National Museum as Chief Operating Officer in December 2010 Graham had the opportunity to contribute to the Royal Australian Mint for a four-year period, firstly as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and then Acting Chief Executive Officer. He was influential in leading the Mint through major transformational change in both visitor facilities and work processes.

Graham Smith

Graham's public service career has spanned over 30 years with experience in the provision of both policy and corporate advice in executive and senior management positions. In particular, Graham has worked in the Department of Treasury, Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Office of the Assistant Treasurer.

He has been and remains active in a range of Canberra based community organisations and sits on a number of ACT Government Advisory Boards.

Tel: +61 2 6208 5049
Fax: +61 2 8362 9626
Email: Graham.Smith@nma.gov.au

Assistant Director, Audience, Programs and Partnerships, Helen Kon

Helen joined the National Museum in May 2011 after working in senior management positions at the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales. She played a major role in many of the positive changes that have taken place in those institutions through the development of numerous community engagement programs.

Helen Kon

Prior to working in the cultural sector Helen was Education Services Manager in marketing at The Age newspaper. She has also worked in state-wide curriculum consultancy roles and taught at secondary and tertiary levels.

Her wider professional contributions have included membership and chairing of a number of national and state committees, boards and professional associations across the cultural and education sectors.

Tel +61 2 6208 5102
Fax: +61 2 8362 9626
Email Helen.Kon@nma.gov.au

Acting Assistant Director, Collections, Content and Exhibitions, Rebecca Coronel

Rebecca joined the National Museum in 2000 where her initial role was to recruit and train the first Visitor Services team for the opening of the new Museum at Acton in 2001. For the past 10 years she has been involved in the development and delivery of the temporary and touring exhibitions, and in 2009 added the management of major permanent gallery redevelopment to her role.

Rebecca previously worked at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and the National Film and Sound Archive in front of house and public access roles. 

Tel +61 2 6208 5286
Fax: +61 2 8362 9626
Email rebecca.coronel@nma.gov.au