Ash was appointed to the position of Executive Director in late April 2021. Originally joining the organisation in 2017, Ash successfully managed the complex strategic and operational responsibilities of Victorian Collections (VC) where she demonstrated excellent strategic planning, business management, and senior stakeholder engagement. During this time, she also built strong relationships within the Victorian museum network, especially volunteer-run and community collecting organisations, and with project partners in the government and philanthropic sectors. Before joining AMaGA, Ash developed her knowledge and experience of the museum sector through academic study and various industry roles. She has a PhD in Anthropology (University of Melbourne) and a Masters in Museum Studies (University of St Andrews), as well as nearly 10 years of experience working across the culture and heritage sector. Her professional profile includes institutions such as Museums Victoria, UNESCO, St Andrews Museum, and the National Museum of Scotland.
Cindy comes to AMaGA Victoria from Beleura House & Garden in Mornington, where she worked as a Collections Manager and Curatorial and Visitor Services Assistant. Cindy has a Bachelor of Art (Visual Arts) from Curtin University, an Advanced Diploma of Animation from Perth Central TAFE, a Certificate in Museum Studies from Edith Cowan University and a Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies and Master of Cultural Heritage from Deakin University. Cindy worked at the Holmes á Court Gallery, East Perth and the World Heritage Site, Fremantle Prison.
Lana joined AMaGA Victoria team in August 2017. She holds a Masters of Cultural Heritage from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Applied Science, Tourism Management and Marketing from RMIT. She’s has also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Marketing in 2018. Lana is a marketing professional with extensive experience in cultural tourism, arts and heritage organisations. Her previous roles included working for the Shrine of Remembrance and the Bendigo Trust. Lana’s interests include community radio, museums, music and reading.
Project Manager, Regional Museums Services
Jackie joins AMaGA Victoria in 2021 and is part of the Regional Museums Services Project team, delivered as part of the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria initiative. Before this role, she was curator and assistant curator at the Australian Sports Museum and Melbourne Cricket Club. Jackie has also worked at the City of Wanneroo’s Regional Museum in WA, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre Museum and Archives, and the University of Queensland’s Antiquities and Anthropology museums. When she’s not at work, Jackie enjoys dabbling in community theatre, settling in with a good science fiction or post-apocalyptic novel, and drinks more coffee than she probably should.
Project Manager, Regional Gallery Digitisation Project
Julie Fenley is managing the Regional Galleries Digitisation Project, an initiative offered in 2021 in partnership with Creative Victoria with funding through Working with Victoria. Julie provides more than fifteen years’ experience working on social histories and serving as a community advocate, and was recently commissioned to write the history of the community philanthropic organisation, the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation and formerly worked as a research archivist at the Indigenous-controlled Aboriginal History Archive at Victoria University. She offers a demonstrated commitment to the preservation of stories of citizenship and diversity through work as an academic lecturer at Monash University (later Federation University), as the acting director of the university’s Centre for Gippsland Studies regional repository, and as a heritage and museum consultant at organisations such as the Jewish Holocaust Centre.
Co-Manager, Museum Accreditation Program
Sherryn joined AMaGA in early 2021 as Caroline Wall’s maternity leave replacement. She holds a Bachelor and Graduate Diploma of Visual Arts from Monash University and a Master of Cultural Material Conservation from the University of Melbourne. With over 20 years' experience in the art museum industry, Sherryn has worked for regional public and private galleries and at National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria where she was Exhibitions Manager. During her time at Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) she was Exhibition Project Coordinator and Assistant Registrar in the national and international Touring team. Sherryn runs a private conservation practice in Gippsland and enjoys spending time with friends and family while visiting museums, galleries and restaurants.
Operations Coordinator, Victorian Collections
Amelia joined AMaGA Victoria in 2017. She has recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Museums Studies and Cultural Heritage from Deakin University and has a particular interest in the relationship between museums and social justice. Typically she can be found exploring art and social history exhibitions, or scouring Victoria’s op-shops, and on a really good day crafting an itinerary which combines both.
Program Manager, Victorian Collections
Although from Melbourne, Lynda started her career in regional Victoria at the Gold Museum, Ballarat. She was also Research Librarian at the Australian Film Institute and then had a long career at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Roles at ACMI were predominantly with the Collections and Exhibitions team, specialising in collection management, digitisation, licensing and access. Lynda has worked at Museums Victoria as an Image Management and Documentation Officer within the Strategic Collections Management team and is finalising the last round of the Veterans Heritage Project as Manager with AMaGA Victoria. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Film and Media from Deakin University and Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship) from Ballarat University. She is an ardent supporter of Melbourne’s live music scene and is passionate about the arts and storytelling, with a family background in advertising and the performing arts.
Regional Digitisation Project Officer (Western Regions), Victorian Collections
Geraldine joined the AMaGA team in October 2019 in the role of Regional Digitisation Officer for Western Victoria. After graduating in Film and Television Studies, and Visual Arts, she started a career in commercial photography in Paris. She then lived and worked in Auckland followed by London; however, her young family chose to settle in Melbourne nearly 10 years ago. After further studies in librarianship, and having the opportunity to work on digitisation projects for the University of Melbourne's School of Film and Mission to Seafarers (where she still assists the curator), she discovered a way of mixing her technical skills with her passion for heritage, history and the arts. Geraldine brings a strong knowledge in product photography (with a passion for costumes), image editing, and colour management. When she's not playing soccer with her sons and husband (not by choice), she likes to take them to museums and travel the world.
Regional Digitisation Project Officer (Eastern Regions), Victorian Collections
Maxine has joined the AMaGA (Vic) in early 2020 to support the Regional Digitisation Project. Maxine holds Undergraduate and Post-graduate degrees in the Arts, Museums and Film sectors, with a recent exploration into Art Crime with the University of Melbourne. Maxine has been a curator and collections manager with the National Trust, the Ian Potter Museum and various regional galleries as well as working in the academic arena both here and overseas. With a passion for community engagement and small regional museums, Maxine has been assisting the NLA with Significance Assessments and Preservation Needs Assessments across Australia before commencing with the Victorian Collections team in April of this year.
Tammy started working for Fame Group Pty Ltd in 2003 with a range of clients on their book keeping, financial management, and payroll requirements. Tammy worked for VECCI as Event Coordinator and during this time took on a special project to design and implement VECCI’s Y2K website. Between positions Tammy had three children and now works part time. She has completed a Diploma in Accounting and has a number of clients in the not for profit sector.
Image: Museum Accreditation Program Managers and Panellists on an Accreditation visit to Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG). Artwork pictured: 'From Little Things, Big Things', 2015, oil on canvas, by Hobie Porter (WAG collection).