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Stephanie Bull has excelled in leadership roles at the National Museum of Australia for more than a decade. Since she joined the Museum in 2004, Stephanie has made an exceptional contribution to the success of the Museum – first as Head of Exhibitions, then as Head of Directorate and, more recently, as Chief Operating Officer.

As Head of Exhibitions, Stephanie oversaw redevelopment of galleries and creation of temporary and touring exhibitions. Later, she played a key role in the tour to China of the Papunya Paintings: Out of the Australian Desert exhibition, negotiating agreements with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the National Art Museum of China – relationships which endure today. Her work in the Directorate and in Governance saw her discharge responsibilities for cross-Museum planning and executive support, and Council and government liaison, to a very high standard.

Known for her close support of staff members, Stephanie has excellent judgement and strategic vision. She has been instrumental in developing the Museum’s shared services agenda, which has advanced cross-agency collaboration and ensured the Museum’s corporate functions are maintained to a high level. Her efforts in rationalising office accommodation and overseeing redevelopments of the Atrium and the Forecourt have strengthened the Museum’s future sustainability and enhanced its visitor experience.

Stephanie Bull is highly regarded by the Museum’s Council, her executive colleagues and staff across the organisation. Her commitment to the Museum and its mission is unstinting, and she has a great enthusiasm for assisting and developing the capabilities of all staff, wherever they work. For all this and more, Stephanie Bull is a very worthy winner of the 2018 Director’s Award for Excellence.

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