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2011 Standards Reviewers Biographies

The following Reviewers have been invited to work with Museum & Gallery Services Queensland on the Standards Program for their capacity to represent the diversity of the museum sector and networks:

Elizabeth Bates
Ken Brooks
Steve Chaddock
Christine Ianna
Ian Jempson
Lisa Jones
Leanne Kelly
Ross Searle

All reviewers are very familiar with the day-to-day operations of the small to medium museums that the Standards Program has been targeting since 2005. Reviewers act as an ongoing reference group for the program.

Elizabeth Bates

Elizabeth is Senior Collections and Archive Manager at Museum of Brisbane (MoB) where she has also held the positions of Program Manager and Learning and Outreach Manager. Before joining MoB she was Travelling Exhibitions Officer and an Education Officer at the Queensland Art Gallery. One of Elizabeth's greatest adventures was to spend three years in Alice Springs as the Visual Arts Coordinator at Araluen Arts Centre.
Before embarking on a career in the Museum industry, Elizabeth spent several years teaching art and physical education at secondary school level and held the position of Head of Art at the Anglican Church Grammar School, Brisbane and Miami State High School on the Gold Coast.

As well as her Education training, Elizabeth has obtained tertiary qualifications in Art History, Australian History, Fine Art (majoring in print making) and Communication (Public Relations). Always keen to learn something new, she has recently qualified as a personal trainer (any sporty museums out there?).

Associated professional activities have included board positions on several visual arts organisations in Queensland, regular judging commitments and representation in several visual arts publications. Elizabeth is also a member of the Arts and Social Sciences Advisory Committee at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She will travel anywhere as long as there is a swimming pool.

Ken Brooks

Ken Brooks
Ken Brooks has been involved in the museum industry since 1989, with heavy involvement in the work prior to and during the restoration of Brennan & Geraghty's Store in Maryborough. The store is now a museum operated by the National Trust of Queensland that contains in excess of 100,000 items that are all provenanced to the store.
Ken has been employed on a full-time basis at the museum as curator/manager since 1992 and attends to all of the collection needs, as well as the general operation of the property including visitor services.

Ken developed the National Trust digital collections register and has provided collection management assistance to other National Trust properties. He has also provided assistance to other small community-based museums within Queensland and New South Wales.

Ken has undertaken some work on in-house exhibitions as well as a touring exhibition based on the history of Brennan & Geraghty's Store. Much of this work involved research, text writing, documentation of collection items and needs of fragile objects used within the displays.

Ken was involved in the redevelopment of The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame at Longreach and undertook a variety of work included reviewing the existing displays, reviewing the objects on display and those in storage, preparing the brief for the exhibition designers to tender on, developing the thematic framework for the new displays, preparing ideas on visitor needs and visitor flow throughout the displays and the entire building. He was also engaged to handle collection management needs of the large number of items held within the HOF Collection and he developed ways in which the objects in storage could be used.

Working in a small museum environment Ken is aware of the limitations of small museums, and the pressures placed on both paid and volunteer workers in charge of looking after collections.

Steve Chaddock

Steve first worked in a museum in 1993 as assistant to the Curator of Archaeology at Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum. In 1994 he completed an MA Diploma in Museum Studies at University College London.

From 1995 he served as archaeologist to the UK Ministry of Defence on a nationally heritage-listed gunpowder factory in Essex before moving into private practice heritage consultancy. Steve was involved in research-led and business-focused projects including new museum developments, relocations of museums and review of existing museum operations.

Since 2005, when he and his family immigrated to Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Steve has worked in the local government and private sector. From 2006 to 2009 he developed several council/community heritage partnerships as part of his role as Heritage Project Officer for Sunshine Coast Council, including the historic Bankfoot House property in the Glass House Mountains.
Steve is director of Timeline Heritage Consultants which has a strong focus on heritage interpretation.

Christine Ianna

Christine has worked in Materials Conservation in Queensland for the past twenty years. She has held varied positions in Conservation including Scientist (Materials Conservation) at the Queensland Museum; Manager, Preservation Services, Queensland State Archives; and Manager, Publications Reformatting at the State Library of Queensland. In addition, she has been involved in a variety of projects involving conservation including Expo 88 sculpture; the Big Rig, Roma; The Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich; and the Bribie Island Precinct historical project. Her early work focussed on the conservation treatment of waterlogged objects and metals from maritime archaeological sites and historic shipwrecks off the Queensland coast. Christine is an active member of the Australian Society of Archivists (Qld Branch) and the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Material (AICCM) Inc., the peak body for Conservators in Australia.

Christine is an established and respected conservator who has developed considerable expertise in providing preventive conservation advice and training to a variety of differently resourced collections. Christine’s success in this area has largely been attributed to her thorough knowledge, her lateral thinking and the relevant and practical, cost conscious advice she provides.

In 2007, Christine was awarded a Special Commendation in M&GSQ's Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) in recognition of the generous contribution of her knowledge and skills to the museum community, and her significant long-term commitment to the sector.

Ian Jempson

Ian is the CEO of the Queensland Maritime Museum. He was previously the General Manager for the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton and prior to this he was an Officer in the Royal Australian Navy. Ian has a strong interest in the operational aspect of museums and art galleries, in particular regional galleries and museums. Ian has been a Reviewer with M&GSQ's Standards Program since 2008.

Lisa Jones

Lisa has more than 25 years experience in the museum sector which began when she volunteered at the Queensland Museum (QM), packing dinosaur bones for the move to their new building at South Bank in late 1985. She then began working as a QM Guide and volunteered in both the Anthropology and Social History sections. In 1992 Lisa completed a Masters of Museum Studies at JCU. In 1994 she gained employment as Assistant Curator in the Social History Section of the QM and in 1994 travelled to Calgary and gained skills in collection management as an intern at the Glenbow Museum. Between 1995 and 1998 Lisa worked as a freelance Curator, writing collection policies and business plans for small regional museums. In 1997 she was lucky enough to gain employment as Curator of the Queensland Police Museum where she is currently employed.

Lisa enjoys being involved with, and remains connected to the broader museum industry, through her involvement with Museum and Gallery Services Queensland, Brisbane's Living Heritage Network, the Brisbane History Group and Museums Australia. Lisa also works as a Museum Consultant and since 2005 she has been a Peer Reviewer for the M&GSQ Museum Standards Program.

Leanne Kelly

Leanne Kelly is the Project Manager in the Curatorial and Exhibition Team at the Museum of Brisbane (MoB) and brings a wealth of experience from an ever-evolving career in the arts. Since graduating from Queensland College of Art she has always worked in environments that combine her creative and management skills.

Before joining MoB, Leanne was at the State Library of Queensland as the Project Manager on kuril dhagun indigenous knowledge centre. A city girl at heart, she still misses the years spent working in regional Queensland developing interpretive centres, museums and tourist attractions – especially the beautiful towns of Blackall and Charleville. Although now Brisbane-focussed, she enjoys digging deep into the history, stories and people of her beloved home city.

Ross Searle

Ross Searle has worked in Australian art museums since 1982. He was the Curator of the Shepparton Art Gallery (1982-1986) where he developed an expert knowledge of Australian ceramics. In 1986 he was appointed as Director of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, a position he held for 10 years, which saw the gallery rise to national significance due to its fine exhibition program and the consolidation of its collection, with many important new acquisitions.

In 1996 Ross returned to Brisbane as the first full-time Director of the University of Queensland Art Museum. In his eleven years in this position, the collection doubled in size with works by Australian and international artists. The University Art Collection is Queensland's second largest public art collection. Ross also had a lead role in the $8 million transformation of the former Mayne Hall into a new home for the University of Queensland Art Museum. The triple award-winning design is effectively Queensland's public building for 2006.

In 2008 he established a museum consultancy and specialises in the small to medium-sized museum and gallery sector. Ross holds post-graduate qualifications in Museum Studies.