Board of the Queensland Museum
The Board of the Queensland Museum is a statutory authority under the Queensland Museum Act 1970, appointed by the Governor-in-Council on the recommendation of the Minister for the Arts. Under the Act, the members are appointed for terms up to three years.
The Board of the Queensland Museum is responsible for the good management of the Queensland Museum and each member brings experience and specific expertise to the role.
2012 QM Board Member Brief Biographies
The Hon Dr David Hamill AM (Chair)
The Hon Dr David Hamill AM is Chair of the Board. Dr Hamill holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of Queensland and a Master of Arts degree from Oxford University and is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Chartered Institute of Transport. A professional company director, he was former Treasurer of Queensland, Minister for Education and Minister for Transport and Minister Assisting the Premier on Economic and Trade Development.
Ms Marina Vit (Deputy Chair)
Ms Marina Vit (Deputy Chair) is a marketing and communications professional who is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Qld). Prior to her appointment at UDIA, Marina was CEO of Youngcare for three years, during which time she was instrumental in building the profile of the not-for-profit organisation, which specialises in raising awareness of the need for care and housing options for young Australians with full-time care needs. The role exposed her to the breadth of charitable work undertaken by the development industry, often voluntarily.
Marina has experienced the property industry from several different angles; she has worked for Honeycombes Property Group and Springfield Land Corporation, as well as serving as CEO of Brisbane Marketing and as Chief of Staff to the Lord Mayor. During her time with Brisbane Marketing, Marina was instrumental in developing Brisbane’s first brand campaign – positioning Brisbane in key southern markets. As the Chief of Staff to the Lord Mayor, Marina was a key member of the team that developed ‘Australia’s most liveable city’ through planning, policy and communication. Development was one of the key issues throughout her 13 years in government as the property boom took hold in Brisbane.
Marina holds a Bachelor degree in Business Communications and is a qualified company director through the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ms Yassmin Abdel Magied
At the age of 16, Yassmin Abdel-Magied founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation focused on enabling young people to work together for the implementation of positive change within their communities. Yassmin was recently named the "Young Leader" in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac's inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards. Born in Sudan and moving to Australia at the age of two, she graduated valedictorian of her class in 2011, with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours) and was a recipient of the University of Queensland’s Dean’s Excellence scholarship.
In 2007, Yassmin was awarded the honour of being named Young Australian Muslim of the Year for her work in the community and in 2010 she was the Young Queenslander of the Year, as well as a finalist for Young Australian of the year in 2011.
Yassmin is currently working in the oil and gas field, as a Measurement While Drilling engineer on the rigs in eastern Australia.
Professor Thomas Cochrane
Professor Thomas Cochrane is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support) at the Queensland University of Technology. In his current role, Professor Cochrane's external duties include Chair, Australian eResearch Infrastructure Council (established by the Australian Government); Director, Australian Digital Alliance; Director, Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation; Member, Publications Board of CSIRO; Member, Advisory Committee of the Australian Law Reform Commission 2012-2013. He is the co-leader of the Creative Commons project for Australia; Foundation Member of the international Enabling Open Scholarship organisation; as well as other cross sectoral committees.
Mr Peter Duffy
Mr Peter Duffy is a Partner in Townsville based firm Wilson, Ryan, and Grose Lawyers. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts (University of Queensland) degree and a Bachelor of Laws (University of Queensland) degree. Peter is a member of the Museum of Tropical Queensland Campus Advisory Committee.
Dr Geoff Ginn
Dr Geoff Ginn is a Senior Lecturer in History, convenor of the History program and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Government of Queensland at The University of Queensland. He is a former member of the Queensland Library Board and undertakes historical consultancies as Executive Director of Histori|co Research Services. His research interests include modern British history, urban history, colonial Queensland, heritage studies and the history of museums.
Ms Doreen Mellor
Ms Doreen Mellor is the immediate past Director of Development at the National Library of Australia. She was formerly the National Manager of the Library’s Bringing Them Home Oral History Project following her role as Director of Flinders University Art Museum. Doreen is an Indigenous Australian of Mamu and Ngadjan heritage (Nth Queensland) and has prepared major reports on Indigenous arts and cultural issues. She has served as a member and Chair of several national and state boards including the Art Gallery of South Australia, National Association for the Visual Arts, South Australian Contemporary Art Centre and ArtsSA's Festivals, Events and New Commissions Committee.
Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM
Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM is a freelance consultant and researcher in education and the arts. Her research explores cultural policy and childhood, children’s learning in museums, and early childhood visual arts education. Barbara chairs the Museum’s Children and Young Persons Working Party. She also serves on the Council of the National Museum of Australia.
Mr Trevor Robinson
Mr Trevor Robinson is the Executive Officer of the Queensland Indigenous Working Group Limited. Mr Robinson is also Chair of the Queensland Museum Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee which advises the Board of Queensland Museum on Indigenous matters.
Ms Lyn Rowland
Ms Lyn Rowland has twenty five years experience in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations in both the public and private sectors. Throughout her career Lyn has focused on the reform of HR management practices and has a passion for how the development of leadership capability plays a key role in the transformation of an organisation.
Ms Sabine Schleicher
Ms Sabine Schleicher is a Partner in KPMG Corporate Finance practice based in Brisbane.
Sabine holds a Diplom-Betriebswirt from the European Partnership of Business School (Reutlingen/Reims) and CPA. She brings over 17 years corporate finance experience.
Information about the Board is also maintained in the Queensland Register of Appointees to government bodies.