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The National Museum's Executive comprises the Director, the Chief Operating Officer and two Deputy Directors. They collectively provide strategic and operational leadership to the Museum.

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Dr Mathew Trinca, Director

Mathew Trinca

Dr Mathew Trinca is the Director of the National Museum of Australia. His 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 was 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 Museums Australia's National Council Executive.

Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts, Senator The Honourable George Brandis QC, announced Mathew's appointment as Director in a media release on 20 February 2014.

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

Stephanie Bull, Chief Operating Officer, Operations Division

Stephanie Bull

Stephanie joined the Museum in 2004, initially managing the Museum’s exhibitions and gallery redevelopment program before moving into the field of international exhibitions and partnerships. In recent years, Stephanie has managed the Museum’s governance program, overseeing business planning, reporting and performance. Stephanie worked at the Australian War Memorial for eight years in gallery redevelopment, and commenced her public sector career in the Department of Defence. She has a BA (Hons) in Australian History.

Tel: +61 2 6208 5049
Fax: +61 2 8362 9626

David Arnold, Deputy Director, Programs and Engagement Division

Until his appointment to this position in July 2015, David worked as the Head of the Museum's Learning Services and Community Outreach section for three years. Prior to that he was the Manager of Education for 12 years.

In 2009, David became a member of the Australian Government’s national history curriculum advisory group. In the same year, he also became president of the Museums Australia Education National Network, a position he held for four years.

David Arnold

From 1989 until 2000, David worked at the Australian Parliament helping to establish the Parliamentary Education Office. In that period he also worked as a Senate Committees senior research officer.

David began his career in the 1980s as a history and politics teacher and taught in three Victorian secondary schools. He graduated with BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and gained his teacher training degree from Melbourne State College.Tel +61 2 6208 5102
Fax: +61 2 8362 9626

Janda Gooding, Deputy Director, Collections and Content Division

Dr Janda Gooding was appointed to this position in August 2014. Previously, she worked at the Australian War Memorial from 2005 to 2014. Janda worked at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 1979 to 2005, where she curated many thematic, retrospective and survey exhibitions of Australian and international artists. Janda has a PhD in history from Curtin University, a degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Philosophy in Australian Studies from the University of Western Australia.

Janda Gooding

Janda has published extensively on Australian social and cultural history, and art history. More recently she has contributed book chapters to publications on photography and digital technologies, and Thomas Baines and the Augustus Gregory expedition of 1855 to 1857.

Janda has authored two books: Gallipoli Revisited: In the Footsteps of Charles Bean and the Australian Historical Mission (2009) and Brush with Gondwana: The Botanical Artists Group, Western Australia (2008).

Tel +61 2 6208 5009
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