Ian Campbell has made a profound contribution to the success of the National Museum of Australia since joining the organisation in July 2000. His professional practice and leadership in a variety of roles and duties in the Museum’s Finance team has been of an exceptionally high standard.
As a longstanding manager in the Finance team, Ian was highly regarded for his openness and willingness to work collaboratively across the organisation. In particular, his extensive knowledge of the Museum and its financial operations was a constant source of comfort to colleagues. During long periods acting as Chief Financial Officer, Ian maintained exemplary professional focus on dealing calmly and conscientiously with the business of the day.
Taking chief responsibility for the Museum’s finances in recent years, Ian has shown great character in meeting budgetary challenges in a positive frame. In that time, the Museum has consistently recorded exemplary results at the end of financial years and maintained its staff and program capability despite fiscal constraints. Ian has also worked actively with the Executive and Council of the National Museum of Australia in ways that have instilled great confidence and respect.
Ian Campbell has excelled in his tactical and strategic management of the Finance team over many years. The part he has played in the life of the organisation – as a valued, trusted peer and a senior manager with critical responsibilities – has been distinguished by unstinting commitment. For all these reason, Ian Campbell is a very worthy winner of the 2017 Director’s Award for Excellence.