Our 11 Trustees play a valuable role in monitoring the performance of the Museum, assisting with strategic planning processes and acting as advocates for the institution. They are appointed for three year terms with a maximum of 9 consecutive years of service. The Governor of NSW, in consultation with the Minister for the Arts, appoints our Trustees.


Our Trustees

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David Armstrong, AM Trust President

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David Armstrong

David was appointed President of Trustees in January 2018 after appointment as a Trustee of the Australian Museum Trust in January 2014. David is a chartered accountant and non-executive Director of the National Australia Bank and Insurance Australia Group.

He is a Director of the Opera Australia Capital Fund, the Museum’s Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation and the George Institute. David was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 24 years, specialising in providing professional services for financial services organisations throughout his career and has lived and worked in London and New York. He has a BBus (UTS) and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.



AM Trustee Larissa Behrendt

Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO

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Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO

Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt is a Eualayai/Gamillaroi woman and the Director of Research and Academic Programs at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a graduate of the UNSW Law School and has a Masters and SJD from Harvard Law School. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law.

She has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. Larissa is an award-winning filmmaker and novelist. She is a board member of the Sydney Community Fund and Chair of the Cathy Freeman Foundation. Larissa was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year Award, 2011 NSW Australian of the Year and an Order of Australia in 2020 for her work in the law, education and the arts. She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio. Larissa was appointed to the AM Trust in August 2019.



Kathy Belov
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Professor Kathy Belov AO

Professor Kathy Belov is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) and a Professor of Comparative Genomics in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney. Kathy’s research expertise is in comparative genomics and immunogenetics of Australian wildlife and she has played a leading role in deciphering the genomes of the iconic koala, platypus, echidna, wallaby and opossum.

For the last 15 years her research team has played a pivotal role in bringing the Tasmanian devil back from the brink of extinction through its work on devil immunity, genetics and population management. Kathy co-edited the book “Saving the Tasmanian Devil: Recovery through Science-based Management” and has published over 180 peer-reviewed papers, including in Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and PLoS Biology.

Kathy has received two Eureka Prizes, the Crozier Medal and the Fenner Medal from the Australian Academy of Science for her research. She is a scientific advisory board member of the Taronga Conservation Society of Australia, a member of the NSW Koala expert advisory committee, a past president of the Genetics Society of Australasia and a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW. Kathy joined the AM Trust in January 2021.



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Jennifer Bott AO, AM Trustee

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Jennifer Bott AO

Jenny Bott is a board director, consultant, professional mentor and arts manager. She is Chairman of the Bundanon Trust. She also serves on the boards of the Australian National Academy of Music, the Southern Highlands Foundation and the Sydney Orthopaedic Research Institute.

She was previously Chairman and CEO of NIDA, CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts, the UNSW Foundation, the National Portrait Gallery and Musica Viva Australia. She is a member of Chief Executive Women. Jenny was appointed to the AM in 2015.



Maile Carnegie

Maile Carnegie, AM Trustee

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Maile Carnegie

Maile Carnegie is accountable for ANZ Banking Limited’s end to end transformation of the Australia Retail & Commercial business where she holds shared responsibility for financial results. She also has enterprise accountability for data, payments, marketing/design and innovation.

Maile has a passion for customer centric innovation and design. She joined ANZ in 2016 from Google where she was Managing Director Australia and New Zealand since 2013. Prior to this, Maile spent over 20 years with Proctor and Gamble where she held several roles, including Managing Director in Australia and New Zealand, General Manager for Asia Strategy, Marketing and Design based in Singapore and several senior marketing and commercial roles in the United States.

She is currently Chair, Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Board, University of Technology, Sydney. Maile holds a degree in Business Administration in Finance, Economics and Marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney. Maile was appointed to the AM Trust in January 2019.



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Steven Gregg, AM Trustee

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Steven Gregg

Steven Gregg is the Chairman of Tabcorp Holdings Ltd (since 2012), AMPOL (since 2015), Challenger Ltd and Challenger Life Ltd (since 2012) and William Inglis & Son Ltd. He is currently Chairman of The Lorna Hodgkinson Sunshine Home. His past roles include non-executive Chairman of Goodman Fielder (2010-15) and Chairman of Austock Group Limited (2009-12).

Steven has extensive Australian and international executive experience, with ABN Amro (as Senior Executive Vice President and Global Head of Investment Banking), Chase Manhattan, Lehman Brothers and AMP Morgan Grenfell. His most recent executive role was as a Partner at McKinsey & Company in Australia and the US. He worked in the USA and UK, resulting in an extensive executive career in management consulting and investment banking. He has a BComm (UNSW) and was appointed to the AM Trust in January 2014.



Brian Hartzer

Brian Hartzer, AM Trustee

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Brian Hartzer

Brian Hartzer is an experienced executive, leadership mentor, and investor who served as CEO of the Westpac Banking Group from 2015 to 2019.

Brian is currently Chairman of Beforepay, a Sydney-based Fintech startup, and is an angel investor and advisor to several other early-stage companies. He is also a senior advisor to Sayers Group, a Melbourne-based investment advisory and consultancy, and to Quantium, a Sydney-based data science company.

Prior to his time as Westpac’s CEO, Brian spent 15 years in senior executive roles at major banks in Australia and the UK. Prior to his banking roles, Brian spent ten years as a financial services strategy consultant at First Manhattan Consulting Group in New York, Melbourne, and San Francisco.

He has previously served as Chairman of Save the Children Australia, Director of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children, and Chair of the Business Advisory Committee of the Australian National University.

He graduated with a degree in European History from Princeton University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Brian was appointed to the AM Trust in January 2021 and serves as Chair of the Australian Museum Foundation.



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Shauna Jarrett, AM Trustee

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Shauna Jarrett

Shauna is an experienced senior executive, and non-executive director and lawyer with a skill set in strategic design and execution across the educational, legal, arts and community sectors. Her passion and commitment to the sustainability of community and social justice organisations is evident in her dedication to many community projects.

Shauna was the University of Sydney’s Foundations’ Director and Assistant Group Secretary from July 2008 to April 2015 where she was responsible for developing the strategic direction of a diverse range of 41 University Foundations. Shauna was appointed to the Board of Seton Villa in April 2016 and Force Majeure from 2014.

Shauna has over 20 years of experience at board level of promoting and implementing governance reforms as a platform for organisational sustainability, integrity and generational change, including chairing the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and Vice President of the NSW Law Society. Shauna was appointed to the AM Trust in January 2018.



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Dr Rod Kefford, AM Trustee

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Dr Rod Kefford AM, FACE

Dr Rod Kefford was previously Headmaster of Barker College (1996-2013) and of Wesley College, Perth (1984-96). Dr Kefford was NSW/ACT Branch Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools Australia (AHISA, 2006-07), and a member of its national Board (1998-1999 and 2006-07). In recognition of his contribution to AHISA and independent school leadership, he was made an Honorary Member of AHISA. As the inaugural Chair (2007-12), he played a key role in establishing the Independent Schools Teacher Accreditation Authority.

He was also President of the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (1991-92) and Chair of the WA Chapter of the Australian College of Educators (1990-91). Dr Kefford was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2008 for service to primary and secondary education through administrative and teaching roles. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators (FACE). His qualifications include BA (Hons) and MA (University of Sydney); MA (Hons) (Macquarie University); and Dip Ed, MEd Administration and PhD (University of New England). Dr Kefford was appointed to the AM Trust in March 2014 and to the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation Board in 2019.



Josephine Sukkar AM
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Josephine Sukkar AM

Josephine is a professional company director who works across a range of industries, including property, construction, finance, sport, the arts, medical research and social services.

Josephine is Principal of Buildcorp and serves on several private, public, government and not-for-profit boards, including The Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited, Growthpoint Properties Australia, Opera Australia, Property Council of Australia, The Australian Museum, Green Building Council of Australia, Centenary Institute of Medical Research and the Buildcorp Foundation.

She is president of Australian Women’s Rugby and, through Buildcorp, has been a major sponsor of rugby in Australia for nearly 30 years.

In 2021, Josephine was appointed Chair of the Australian Sports Commission.

Josephine is a Fellow of the University of Sydney, and in 2017 she was recognised for her services to the community, the arts and sports in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Josephine was appointed to the AM Trust in January 2019.



Sara Watts

Sara Watts, AM Trustee

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Sara Watts

Sara Watts is a non-executive Director and an experienced audit and risk committee chairperson. Sara sits on the boards of Syrah Resources, Trajan Scientific, Uniting NSW.ACT, and LiteracyPlanet. She also chairs the Audit and Risk Committee of the Victorian Government’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission. She has strong finance, governance and technology skills and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of CPA Australia.

Sara’s previous executive roles included Vice-Principal Operations at The University of Sydney and Chief Financial Officer and Executive Sponsor Corporate Responsibility, IBM Australia and New Zealand. In November 2013, Sara was the recipient of the ARN WIITCA (Women in ICT Awards) Achievement Award for her leadership skills and commitment to women in the Australian ICT industry. Sara was appointed to the AM Trust in January 2018.


The Act constitutes the Australian Museum Trust as a corporation with the corporate name “Australian Museum Trust” (see Section 5) and defines its powers, authorities, duties and functions.

The Museum is principally funded by the New South Wales Government.

The objectives of the Australian Museum Trust Act are to propagate knowledge about the natural environment of Australia and to increase that knowledge, particularly in the natural sciences of biology, anthropology and geology. Under the Act the Museum is governed by an 11 member Trust, appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister. One member of the Trust must have knowledge of, or experience in, science, one must have knowledge of, or experience in, education, and one must have knowledge of, or experience in, Australian Indigenous culture.

Australian Museum Trust Act 1975