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Dr Mathew Trinca AM, Director

Mathew Trinca

Dr Mathew Trinca AM is the Director of the National Museum of Australia. His initial term of appointment commenced on 17 February 2014 and was subsequently extended for a further five year period until 17 February 2024.

Mathew first 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.

From 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. He 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.

Mathew is also Chair of International Council of Museums (ICOM) Australia, and Co-Chair of the Australia Singapore Arts Group, which aims to enhance cultural relations between the two countries through promotion of sustainable artistic and cultural activities.

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

Stephanie Bull, Deputy Director

Stephanie Bull

Stephanie Bull commenced in the Deputy Director role on 31 May 2018. In this role Stephanie provides strategic leadership for all day-to-day operations of the Museum and is responsible for the realisation and implementation of the Museum's Master Plan.

Since first joining the Museum in 2004 Stephanie has worked in the areas of exhibitions and gallery redevelopment, international exhibitions and partnerships, and more recently in the role of Chief Operating Officer.

In this role Stephanie was responsible for the corporate areas of people management and development, financial management, legal services, property projects, facilities management, information and communications technology and the Cultural and Corporate Shared Services Centre.

Stephanie has previously worked at the Australian War Memorial in the field of gallery redevelopment, and at the Department of Defence. She has a BA (Hons) in Australian History.

In 2018 Stephanie received the Director's Award for Excellence 2018 for her contribution to the work of the Museum.

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

Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson, Assistant Director, Corporate Operations and Services

Ruth joined the National Museum of Australia in February 2016 as the Associate Director, Visitor Services and Development.

Ruth’s previous work included time at the National Gallery of Australia as Assistant Director and the National Portrait Gallery as Deputy Director.

Tel: +61 2 6208 5129
Fax: +61 2 8362 9626

Katherine McMahon

Katherine McMahon, Assistant Director, Discovery and Collections

Katherine was appointed Assistant Director, Discovery and Collections, in March 2020, after acting in the role from June 2018.

Katherine was previously at the Australian War Memorial and joined the Museum in 2017 to oversee the delivery of the Museum’s major gallery renewal program.

Tel: +61 2 6208 5102
Fax: +61 2 8362 9626

Mark Goggin, Assistant Director, Public Engagement

Tel: +61 2 6208 5472
Fax: +61 2 8362 9626

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