19 Jul 2012
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today announced two new appointments and the re-election of one existing member to the Western Australian Museum board.
Mr Day said new trustees Dr Kate Gregory and Rubini Ventouras had been appointed for a term of four years, while existing member Sara Clafton would continue in her role as a museum trustee and has been confirmed as vice-chair.
“Following the State Government’s announcement of a $428million investment in the new State Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre, this is an exciting period of renewal for the museum. I am pleased that the appointment of these board members brings a combination of new skills and continuity with the re-election of Ms Clafton for a further term,” Mr Day said.
“Dr Kate Gregory is an historian with the National Trust where she manages historical research, oral history programs and develops interpretation and cultural heritage programs. Her knowledge of and skills in working with diverse communities will prove invaluable as the museum encourages people to tell their stories.
“Rubini Ventouras is group executive - Legal Affairs at Newmont Asia Pacific. Her legal background and knowledge of commerce in the Asia-Pacific region will be a real asset to the museum as it endeavours to build strong relationships with museums and business in neighbouring countries along the Indian Ocean Rim.”
The Minister said Sara Clafton’s re-appointment and her elevation to vice-chair ensured her diverse experience in media relations and as a chartered accountant was retained during a time when the museum’s profile was continuing to grow.
In welcoming new trustees, Mr Day acknowledged the tireless commitment of outgoing board members Professor Geoffrey Bolton and Wayne Osborn.
“Much-revered historian Professor Geoffrey Bolton has served on the WA Museum board for almost seven years and during that time his passion for Western Australian history has inspired the museum,” he said.
“Mr Osborn has been a trustee since 2008 and played a key role in developing business contacts for the museum’s foundation.
“With three new members coming onto the board in December and these recent appointments, I am very pleased the museum has a dynamic team with a range of skills that will see it through this exciting time of development of the State Museum.”