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.
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 – 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 Deighton Office Coordinator & Victorian Museums and Galleries Conference Co-Chair
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.
Monica Cronin Manager, Museum Accreditation Program (MAP)
Monica joined MA Vic in 2013. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (History & Anthropology) and a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from Deakin University. She also brings with her experience in small collecting institutions in curatorial and collection management roles and a strong background in legal administration.
Elizabeth Marsden Manager, Museum Accreditation Program (MAP)
Elizabeth has worked in numerous museum and heritage organisations in Australia and the Netherlands. Previously Collections Manager at the Victoria Police Museum, she was lucky enough to be the one to rediscover hidden gems in the Museum’s collection including Ned Kelly’s blood stained cartridge bag and an extensive collection of police documents relating to the hunt for the Kelly Gang.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in history from the University of New England, and a Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies from Sydney University. She is currently working on a research Masters through Deakin University, exploring material culture related to the Kelly Outbreak.
Meredith Blake Project Manager, Victorian Collections
Meredith wrote her first exhibition review at age 10. It was on the Grandfather clocks display at the old Museum Victoria on Swanston Street and was published in the local newspaper the “City Alternative News”. That heady experience of fame inspired a lifelong love affair with museums. Since then she has studied history, anthropology and museum studies at university and began her career with MA(Vic) as the office administrator in 2001.
In the last 10 years she has worked in a range of roles including collection management, exhibitions, museum administration, research and training. She has worked with universities, local government and community museums and her most adventurous job was with the Pacific Islands Museums Association, as a Youth Ambassador with AusAID. When she was not lounging under palm trees in Fiji and Vanuatu, she was working with the 25 museums and cultural centres in the Pacific. As Project Manager for Victorian Collections, Meredith is looking forward to training groups and individuals around the state in the joys of digitisation and cataloguing.
Belinda Ensor Project Assistant, Victorian Collections
Belinda is an historian who has recently side-stepped into making films for the cultural sector. With a background working for museums, universities and as a commercial consultant, Belinda holds the unwavering conviction that story telling can make the world a better place.
She has completed an MA (Public History) at Monash University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Film and Television (Producing) at VCA. Belinda’s role with MA(Vic) on Victorian Collections began in October 2012 and she is simultaneously undertaking a VCA & MCM Professional Pathways Scholarship developing a documentary and festival programming for the Emerging Writers’ Festival.
Dimity Mapstone Manager, Digital Projects & Communications
Dimity joined MA (Vic) as Office Coordinator in 2007, and is now working in the role of Digital Projects & Communications Manager. Over the years Dimity has worked as a new media artist, designer, arts administrator, exhibition officer and communications manager. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Art History from the University of Queensland, and has completed Museum Studies courses at Deakin University. Dimity is interested in the intersection between art and technology and opportunities for museums and collections in the digital age. Her other interests include contemporary art, film and travel.
Georgia Rouette Manager, Exhibition Services
Georgia has managed RETI since 2005, which has now been renamed Exhibition Services. She was Curator of the Lenton Parr Estate from 2003-2008, the City of Boroondara collections and the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park. As Acting Director at the McClelland Gallery in 2001, she completed the Museum Leadership Program. Georgia’s other previous roles include Exhibitions Project Coordinator at Museum Victoria and Assistant Curator at the Performing Arts Museum. She has published widely on art and is the author of Exhibitions: a practical guide for small museums and galleries and the editor of Exhibition Design for Galleries and Museums: an insider's view.
With qualifications including a Graduate Diploma in Art Curatorship and Museum Management (The University of Melbourne), Master of Arts in Australian Art History (Monash University), a Graduate Diploma in Art History and a Bachelor of Arts – Social Sciences (La Trobe University), Georgia is now working on her PhD in Art History.
Raphael Fiorese Manager, Membership and Fundraising
Raphael moved to Melbourne from France in 2006. He holds a Honours in Philosophy from Sorbonne University, a Master in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from Sorbonne Nouvelle University, and is currently working towards a PhD in Philosophy at Monash University. He has worked as Scientific Facilitator with ASTS (a non-profit which aims to foster public access to scientific information), as Communications Officer with the Museum of French Monuments, and has tutored and lectured at Monash University and The University of Melbourne. He has become an enthusiastic Melbournian, and, when not reading or writing, will often be found exploring some of Melbourne's many cultural offerings.
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.