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.
Manager, Events and Professional Development
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 Collections Access Program
Currently working to support the delivery of 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 Program
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.
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.
Office Coordinator/Operations Coordinator, Victorian Collections
Justin was appointed to the part-time position of Office Coordinator/Operations Coordinator, Victorian Collections in mid-2022. He previously had roles at AMaGA Victoria as a CHART Grants Coordinator and as an Officer for the Regional Museums Services Project. Justin has made a strong contribution to the broader museum community by drawing upon the experience and expertise gained through various roles across the GLAM sector. He holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History from La Trobe University, and 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 fitness and travelling.
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).