Western Sydney community champion and PhD candidate, Elie Hammam will join the Australian Museum Trust.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said Mr Hammam’s diverse skill set, youth and experience will be an asset to the trust during a time of transformation.

“Mr Elie Hammam is a neurophysiologist at Western Sydney University undertaking world-leading research into the brain function of patients with congestive heart failure,” Mr Grant said.

“He’s also a passionate western Sydney resident, a key strategic growth area for the Australian Museum as it looks to capitalise on free entry for kids under 16 and school groups and the new permanent gallery Wild Planet and new Crystal Hall entrance.”

Trust President Catherine Livingstone AO said she is delighted with the new appointment and looks forward to working with Mr Hammam.

“It’s a great time to be a part of the Australian Museum and Mr Hammam will make a valuable contribution to the museum and facilitate deeper engagement with the western Sydney community.”

Mr Hammam will begin his three-year term from January 1, while current trust members, Paul Connor and Belinda Gibson, have also been reappointed for three year terms.

Full Trust membership from 1 January 2016: Catherine Livingstone AO (president), Paul Connor, Belinda Gibson, Elie Hammam, David Armstrong, Steven Gregg, Robynne Quiggin, Dr Roderic Kefford AM, David Sherley, Prof Merlin Crossley, Jennifer Bott AO.