Staff

Laura Miles
Executive Director

Laura is a Chartered Director with a BSc in Psychology (biological sciences) and a MSc in science and arts' communication. She is a former science journalist with experience in media relations, media training, event management and not-for-profit associations. She was a founding director of www.alphagalileo.org, promoting museums and science centres including the National Museum of Science and Industry (UK), Natural History Museum (UK), Cite des Sciences (France) and the Nehru Planetarium (India). She has contributed to best practice in arts and science communication via trade publications, strategic partnerships, online networks and media-training. She has published a dissertation on public engagement with museums via Web 2.0 and is committed to the societal benefits of knowledge-sharing with the museum community and wider publics.

Sally McKittrick
Office Coordinator

A self-confessed museologist, Sally joined the MA (Vic) team in May 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Liberal Arts (Museums and Collections) from the Australian National University. Sally has worked in various capacities at Canberra Glassworks, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Gallery of Victoria. She’s taken her love of collections on the road as an outreach presenter for Museums Victoria, driving a van full of historical objects, taxidermy animals, live bugs, and dinosaur bones to regional communities. When not at her desk, she snaps ‘everyday art’ on the streets of Melbourne and rummages op shops for vintage treasures.

Lana Epshteyn
Manager, Communications

Lana joined the MA (Vic) 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 currently completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Marketing. Lana is a marketing professional with extensive experience in cultural tourism and heritage organisations. Her previous roles included working for the Shrine of Remembrance and the Bendigo Trust. When not juggling life with two small children, Lana’s interests include community radio, museums, music and reading. Having grown up in Melbourne, Lana is passionate about the local food and wine scene and discovering that next amazing cup of coffee.

Roisin O'Dwyer
Editor, INSITE Magazine

INSITE Editor since 2000, Roisin has worked with MA (Vic) since 1996 when she was our Administrative Assistant. Before this, she completed a studio residency from the Australia Council in New York and another at Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne. Roisin has a Post Graduate Diploma in Art History & Cinema Studies (The University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and Painting (RMIT). Her interests include visual arts, cinema and knitting.

Bridget Forbes
Events Coordinator

Bridget has worked with MA (Vic) since 2003 when she was Office Administrator. She then became MAP Manager and after the past few years of kid wrangling and working on and off for MA (Vic) as Office Assistant, she is now our new Events Coordinator. Bridget has a Post Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Applied Social Science in Communication and Cultural Studies.

Caroline Wall
Manager, Museum Accreditation Program

Caroline joined MA (Vic) 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 recently 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.

Rosemary Hanscombe
Manager, Museum Accreditation Program (MAP)

Rosemary joined MA (Vic) in 2014. She previously worked for National Trust of Australia (Victoria) in a range of roles, most recently as Operations Coordinator for Como House and Garden and as Curator in the Cultural Collections and Interpretation Department. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History at University of Melbourne and a Masters of Cultural Heritage from Deakin University. When not wandering around museums and galleries, Rosemary can often be found baking, reading or singing - and occasionally doing all three at once.

Simone Ewenson
Manager, Green Museum Project

Simone joined MA (Vic) as Green Museum Project Manager in February 2017. She has a particular interest in assisting regional communities to care for collections while taking the lead on climate change. She is currently completing her Masters in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University and has been an enthusiastic volunteer within the sector, having spent time working with a variety of fine art, medical, and social history collections. When not noodling around galleries and museums, she will often be found in her garden.

Cameron Auty
Manager, Victorian Collections

Cameron joined MA (Vic) in 2014. He has a background in exhibitions, collection storage and logistics with Museums Victoria, National Galleries Scotland (UK), Artist Rooms UK (with Tate) and a number of other organisations. He has worked on exhibitions with topics ranging from Picasso to Star Wars, and has significant experience working with large objects in collections. Cameron has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History from the University of Melbourne, a Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Deakin University. His areas of interest include medical and military history.

Belinda Ensor
Manager, Victorian Collections

Belinda is an historian who makes films. She has worked part-time for Museums Australia (Victoria) since 2012 in the role of Co-Manager of the Victorian Collections program. Belinda also makes film content for and about museums with Tiny Empire Collective, and has produced several short form documentaries for Museums Australia (Victoria) in collaboration with Culture Victoria. Belinda is currently undertaking a Centenary of World War One Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria, developing a film exploring a fundraising football match between factory workers from Ballarat's Lucas Factory (the Lucas Girls) and Melbourne's Federal Khaki Clothing Factory. This is one of the first documented women's football matches in Victoria.

Ashley Robertson
Operations Coordinator, Victorian Collections

Ashley relocated to Australia from the United States in 2012 to pursue a PhD in Indonesian Studies at the University of Melbourne, having completed her degree in 2016. She also holds an MSc in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and an MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews. She has worked for the National Museum of Scotland, UNESCO, and Museums Victoria, specialising in collections management, heritage consultancy, and historical research. In her spare time, she enjoys studying languages and playing traditional Indonesian percussion music as a member of Putra Panji Asmara Gamelan.

Kitty Owens
Manager, Exhibition Services

As Exhibition Services Manager for MA (Vic), Kitty Owens delivers the Roving Curator Program, assisting small museums with exhibition development projects. Kitty has previously undertaken curatorial roles at the Koorie Heritage Trust, the University of Melbourne, and the Arts Centre. During her time as a Manager of the MA (Vic) Museum Accreditation Program, Kitty wrote assessment reports about the activities of more than 30 Victorian museums and galleries, and she is the author of the 2016 MA (Vic) report on Local Government and Cultural Collections in Victoria.

Meredith Windust
Finance Officer

Meredith Windust has worked as the Finance Officer for MA (Vic) since 2006 through her own Financial Services company. Her company was established in 1998 and provides financial services to a number of small business and not for profit clients in many industries. Meredith has extensive experience in these services. In her past employment, she held senior accounting, payroll and human resource roles at the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI). Meredith is interested in the arts and is the Treasurer for NETS Victoria. Meredith's other interests include painting, music and aromatherapy.

Tammy Currie
Finance Officer

Tammy started working for Fame Group Pty Ltd in 2003 with a range of clients on their book keeping, financial management, and payroll requirements. She now does the accounts for MA (Vic) together with Meredith. Prior to this, 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).

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