Ash Robertson is an accomplished museum professional with over a decade of experience in the culture and heritage sector. She joined AMaGA Victoria in 2017 and was appointed to the role of Executive Director in 2021. During her time at AMaGA, Ash has built strong relationships within the Victorian museum network, working closely with institutions to develop collaborative projects and programs. She has also fostered partnerships with government and philanthropic sectors to support and promote AMaGA Victoria's work and the sector more broadly. Before joining AMaGA, Ash developed her knowledge and expertise of the museum sector through academic study and various industry roles. She holds a PhD in Anthropology/Indonesian Studies from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of St Andrews. Her professional profile includes institutions such as Museums Victoria, UNESCO, St Andrews Museum, and the National Museum of Scotland.
Justin first joined the Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria (AMaGA) team in February 2021, and in mid-2022, he was appointed to the position of Office Coordinator. Previously, he had roles at AMaGA Victoria as the Victorian Collections Operations Coordinator, CHART Grants Coordinator and as an Officer for the Regional Museums Services Project. Justin has worked at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), and as a Curator at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum and the Kyneton Museum. He has also assisted on a variety of museology projects at the Australian Sports Museum, University of Melbourne, and the Arts Centre Melbourne. He holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History from La Trobe University and gained a Master of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies from Deakin University. In 2020, Justin was selected as the recipient of the Roslyn Lawry Award for demonstrating academic excellence and his personal and professional commitment to cultural heritage and museums. When not wandering around museums and galleries, Justin can often be found watching sports, enjoying good coffee, and travelling.
Manager, Events and Professional Development
Lana 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 communications and marketing professional with extensive experience in cultural tourism, arts and heritage organisations. Currently working across both AMaGA Victoria and AMaGA National Office as a Communications Manager, her previous roles included working for the Shrine of Remembrance and the Bendigo Trust. Lana’s interests include community radio, museums, music and reading.
Program Manager, Victorian Collections / Project Manager, Regional Collections Access Program
Currently working across Victorian Collections and the Regional Collections Access Program, Jackie first joined AMaGA Victoria in early 2021 as part of the Working for Victoria-funded Regional Museums Services Project team. Before this, 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.
Manager, Museum Accreditation Programs
Caroline joined AMAGA Victoria as Office Coordinator in 2013. She has experience in customer service, data management and administration. Caroline gained a Bachelor of Social Science (History) at Newcastle University and completed a Certificate in World Arts and Artefacts based at the British Museum. Caroline has volunteered within the museums sector in Melbourne and London and on an archaeology project in Romania. When she is not visiting museums and galleries, she can be found travelling, reading, attending music festivals or ordering her third course in your local restaurant.
Manager, Museum Accreditation Programs
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, Community and Collections Resilience Project
Toyah joined AMaGA Victoria in mid-2022 to work on the Bushfire Resilience Project, working with bushfire effected communities to help digitise their collections. In 2023 she moved into the role of Program Manager, to oversee the Community and Collections Resilience Project, a state-wide initiative providing training in digitisation and collections management as a means to prepare communities for potential future natural disaster events. Toyah previously has worked as a researcher in the fields of heritage and cultural diplomacy and worked on a variety of international projects with University College London, LaSalle College of the Arts Singapore and UNESCO Jakarta. Closer to home she has been involved with the National Film and Sound Archive, Museums Victoria and Heritage Victoria. When not out working with the community, Toyah enjoys pottering in the garden and exploring nearby bushwalks around East Gippsland.
Collections and Community Resilience Project Officer
Maxine is a cultural heritage photographer with a passion for indigenous collections - Australia and Pacific. She helps preserve and protect culturally significant collections by creating digital images and caring for objects as well as recording oral histories. She joined the AMaGA (Vic) in early 2020 to support the Regional Digitisation Project and has now been appointed to the Collections and Community Resilience 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 where she is skilled at using various imaging techniques to examine art works including ultraviolet and infrared reflectography. Maxine has been a curator and collections manager with the National Trust, the NGV, the Ian Potter Museum and various regional galleries as well as working in the academic arena both here and overseas. Over several years, Maxine worked with the Estate of the late Albert Tucker, where she photographed his entire collection and contributed to his Catalogue Raisonné. Maxine has been assisting the NLA with Significance Assessments and Preservation Needs Assessments across Australia for almost 15 years, before commencing with AMaGA and the CCRP.
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.
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).