Our People

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Marcus Schutenko

Director

Marcus was appointed Director of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in 2015. Previously he was the inaugural CEO of the Chinese Museum in Melbourne.  

Marcus has worked at all three levels of government in the cultural sector, including the Department of Communications, IT and the Arts, Arts Victoria and the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Prior to joining the Chinese Museum he was the Manager of Programming Resources at the Arts Centre, Melbourne.

He received a Public Service Australia Day Award for his work on the development of the National Museum of Australia.  He was a co-founder and former Chair of The Dog Theatre, and was the General Manager of The Store Room.

He completed a Masters in Public Policy and Management at The University of Melbourne. He studied Production at the Victorian College of the Arts, and has a Bachelor of Planning and Design (Building) from the University of Melbourne.

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Louise Partos

Assistant Director – Content and Innovation

Louise Partos was the first Producer for the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Centre and Co-Producer Mind and Body Gallery, Melbourne Museum. She has also held positions in Collections and as Curator and Project Coordinator, Museum Victoria.

Louise previously applied her passion for empowering artists and communities in the not-for-profit arts and culture sector, working as the Art Coordinator for Ernabella Arts, APY Lands and Bula’bula Arts, Ramingining, before moving to Darwin, where she led several cross-cultural development projects across south-east Asia, most notably Timor-Leste and Taiwan. 

As Executive Officer of Artback NT for 14 years, Louise led the Territory's successful visual and performing arts development and touring agency through to its accession into the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework in 2021.
Louise holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts (First Class) both from Monash University as well as a Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies. Louise has been awarded scholarships to attend courses at Melbourne Business School and Harvard University, and is an alumni of Asialink Arts Management and Business Leaders Programs. 

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Joe de Beer

Central Australia Manager

Joe joined MAGNT in July 2017. In his career in the museum sector he has work across visitor experience, marketing, operational management and exhibition design and installation. 

Joe started his MAGNT career in various key visitor experience and engagement roles before being appointed the Central Australia Manager based in Alice Springs in December 2019. Prior to MAGNT Joe held several positions at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania from its opening in 2011. Originally from South Africa, where he worked as a visual artist and gallery assistant, Joe relocated to Tasmania in 2010. Joe holds a Bachelor of Art History and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management, both from the University of South Africa. 

Joe works closely with Darwin based managers and is responsible for MAGNT’s central Australia operations, including the Museum of Central Australia (incorporating the Strehlow Research Centre), Megafauna Central and the Alcoota fossil site.

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Kirsti Abbott

Head of Science

Kirsti is an ant ecologist and science education and engagement specialist who aims to understand what influences our value of science research and education, and to embed the doing of, and thinking about natural sciences in the everyday lives of Australians.

Kirsti joins MAGNT from the University of New England in Armidale NSW where she led UNE Discovery, a $28 million lifelong learning and science engagement initiative that, among other things, will see an old Boilerhouse be transformed into a children’s discovery space by 2025.

 

Kirsti’s research focuses on invasion dynamics and ecology of pest ants. During her PhD she was part of a Banksia Award winning team at Monash University for the management of yellow crazy ants on Christmas Island, and her work on Tokelau in the Pacific Ocean was part of a larger, Pacific-wide endeavour to prevent invasive ants taking hold of fragile island ecosystems. Kirsti holds qualifications in applied neuroscience and nature play, and brings with her a depth of experience in creating supportive systems for rigorous science to thrive, while creating innovative education and public programs to communicate science for impact.

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Greg Arnott

Assistant Director – Corporate Services

Greg joined MAGNT in July 2019 after 16 years in corporate services and executive roles in Local Government throughout the Top End of the Northern Territory. Originally from Sydney, where he worked in the finance and insurance industry before moving to Groote Eylandt. He has sat on company and community boards, professional associations and government advisory committees.

Greg has a Masters in Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from the Sydney Graduate School of Management as well as qualifications in work health and safety, community consultation and treasury management.

He has responsibility for the corporate aspects of MAGNT including finance, human resource management, facilities and administration.

In addition, Greg is a world renowned angler and all round good bloke.

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Alison Copley

Head of Engagement

Alison has returned to Darwin after 10 years working in the regional arts sector as General Manager of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), CEO of Tasmanian Regional Arts and General Manager of Tasdance.

Before leaving Darwin, she was the Venue Manager at the Darwin Entertainment Centre and Executive Producer of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (2009 and 2010). Alison was also part of the team that founded the Off the Leash magazine. 

Alison has a Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide and a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration and Cultural Management, University of South Australia. She was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2009 to ‘Investigate capacity building in Indigenous community cultural festivals in Canada and New Zealand’. Alison is a graduate of the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA), Diploma in Business (Governance) and a member of Executive Panel of Live Performance Australia (LPA).

Alison loves being back in the NT with her faithful hound Clyde.

The Board of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

 

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is governed by the Board of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, a statutory body established under the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Act 2014.

The Board of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is responsible for the effective management of MAGNT and is directly accountable to the Northern Territory Government, through the Minister for Arts, Culture & Heritage. The Board consists of 6 to 10 members, plus a Chair, appointed by the Minister for Arts, Culture & Heritage

The Hon Clare Martin AO (Chair)
Allan Garraway
The Hon Dr Tricia Kavanagh
James Paspaley
Franchesca Cubillo
Dr Steve Morton
Philip Watkins
Prof Barry Judd
Dr Wendy Ludwig

The Hon Clare Martin AO

The Hon Clare Martin AO

Chair

Clare Martin was the first Labor Chief Minister of the Northern Territory and its first female Chief Minister.

Clare led the Labor Party to victory in the Northern Territory in 2001 and then a second time in 2005. Clare was Chief Minister for more than six years, from 2001-07 and during that time held a number of ministerial portfolios, including Treasury, Major Projects, Tourism, Police, Arts and Indigenous Policy. Clare was the member for Fannie Bay in the NT Parliament from 1995 to 2008.

Before politics, Clare spent almost two decades as an ABC journalist and broadcaster, working in radio and TV in Sydney, Canberra and Darwin.

Following politics, Clare was the Chief Executive of the Australian Council of Social Service, and then a Professorial Fellow at Charles Darwin University, where she co-authored a book about Territory politics called Speak for yourself.

Clare is currently the Co-Chair of Team Territory; Chair of the Darwin Entertainment Centre; and Deputy Chair of NT Cricket.

The Hon Dr Tricia Kavanagh

The Hon Dr Tricia Kavanagh

Board Member

In 1981 Tricia was the first law honours graduate of UTS Law School and practised as a Barrister from 1981-1998 in all the superior courts in the common law jurisdictions with a speciality in employment law.​

In 1998 having taken a doctorate in law, she was appointed as a Justice of the Industrial Court of NSW from 1998 to 2012. Tricia presided at first instance and on appeal on all industrial matters, awards and disputes holding statutory power to both arbitrate and conciliate/mediate. She was the presiding Member of the New South Wales Medical Tribunal and the New South Wales Racing Tribunal. Tricia has served as an Arbitrator on the Court of Arbitration for Sport since its foundation in 1993. She was the Australian nominee on the Court for the Sydney and Rio Olympics.​

Tricia has been a foundation Trustee of the Power House Museum (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences) and foundation Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum and has served on a number of legal and community committees and been advisor to State and Federal government on children’s legislation. She was a member of the Children’s Commission (Interim) 1973-1975.

Franchesca Cubillo

Franchesca Cubillo

Board Member

Franchesca Cubillo is a Larrakia, Bardi, Wardaman and Yanuwa woman from the Northern Territory. She was Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia (2009–18) where she was responsible for the development and management of eleven permanently dedicated Indigenous Australian art galleries, the largest display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in the world.

In 2006, she undertook a Churchill Fellowship to investigate international responses to the repatriation of ancestral remains of indigenous nations worldwide. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Aboriginal Affairs and Honours in Anthropology from the University of Adelaide.​

Franchesca was senior curator of Aboriginal Art and Material Culture at the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, held positions at Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, and was the Manager Repatriation Unit at the National Museum of Australia. Franchesca was the inaugural curator of Aboriginal Anthropology at the South Australia Museum, where she assisted in the redevelopment of the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery.

Franchesca has been the Inaugural Chair of the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair since 2012, overseeing its phenomenal growth in both scale and reputation.

Philip Watkins

Philip Watkins

Board Member

Philip was born and raised in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, and is part of large extended Arrernte and Larrakia families.

In August 2011, Philip was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Desart. Prior to his appointment at Desart, Philip was employed as the Artistic and Cultural Director of the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute – Tandanya (2006-2011).

Philip is currently a Board Member of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) and the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation; and is a member of the Ministerial Creative Industries Advisory Council (NT).

Prof Barry Judd

Prof Barry Judd

Board Member

Barry commenced in the position of Professor and Director of Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne in February 2020.

Prior to this Barry was based at Charles Darwin University in Alice Springs.

Barry is committed to the research of issues that impact Aboriginal peoples who live in the arid inland. Barry acted as Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership for CDU from June to December 2018. Barry has worked in Higher Education since 1989. He commenced employment at The University of Melbourne as an Aboriginal cadet as a member of administrative staff in January 1990.

Barry Judd is a descendent of the Pitjantjatjara people of north-west South Australia, British immigrants, and Afghan cameleers. He is a leading Australian scholar on the subject of Aboriginal participation in Australian sports. Barry's main research interest is in issues about identity – what kind of Australian identities have been formed out of the colonial contact between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Australia. His research focuses on Aboriginal people in sport as a way of engaging the broader population in difficult questions around the place of indigenous people in Australian society.

Barry was a foundation CI and member of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN), the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). He is a foundation co-Editor of ab-Original published by Penn State Press and formerly an Honorary Fellow of the University of Western Australia.

He is interested in the social impact of Australian Football on Indigenous Australia; explorations of Australian identity and the process of cultural interchange between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples; constructions of Australian citizenship and Australian nationalism; Aboriginal affairs policy and administration.

Barry is a well-published author in the areas of sports history and the field of Australian Indigenous Studies and has held several research grants funded by the Australian Research Council.

Allan Garraway

Allan Garraway

Board Member

Mr Garraway transferred to the Northern Territory as a partner of a national firm of chartered accountants. In 1980 he established, and was Managing Partner of the chartered accounting firm of Garraways, which merged with KPMG in 2000.​

He chose not to join the merged firm but to practice in his own right giving specialist advice, often of a forensic nature, and to attend to his commercial and community interests. He has extensive professional practice experience and considerable “hands on” management/commercial experience as a consequence of his own business interests.​

His interests, organisations that he represents, and select clients require him to be actively engaged with the Northern Territory Government over a broad range of issues.

James Paspaley

James Paspaley

Board Member

Mr Paspaley is the CEO and an Executive Director of the Paspaley Group of Companies. Grandson of founder Nicholas Paspaley Snr MBE, and eldest son of Executive Chairman Nick Paspaley AC, James grew up in the family business.​

James graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Economics. In 2006 James became a Director of the Paspaley parent company and took on responsibility for all businesses with the exception of pearl production. In 2009 James stepped into the CEO’s role for the group.​​

Today the Paspaley Group of Companies remains a family owned and operated business and includes pearl production and wholesale, aviation, diversified property holdings and development, jewellery retail, agribusiness, viniculture and marine engineering.​

In 2012 James was appointed as Honorary General-Consul of Japan in Darwin. In 2013 James was appointed as an Ambassador to the Northern Territory Business Events Ambassador Program and in 2015 was appointed as a Director of the Northern Territory Infrastructure Development Fund (NTIDF).

Dr Steve Morton

Dr Steve Morton

Board Member

Steve is an Honorary Professorial Fellow with Charles Darwin University. He studied at the Universities of Melbourne, California, and Sydney. He joined CSIRO in Alice Springs to work in the desert environment that has long been his focus.

​From 2000 until 2011 he helped lead CSIRO as Chief of Division and Executive Team member. In 2011 he returned to Alice Springs, from where he serves on committees around Australia relating to environmental science. He is writing a book about the ecology of the Australian deserts.

Dr. Wendy Ludwig (Hon D Ed) (WINU)

Dr. Wendy Ludwig (Hon D Ed) (WINU)

Board Member

Wendy is a Darwin born and raised Kungarakan and Gurindji woman who has considerable executive leadership experience in the tertiary education, training and employment sectors as a lecturer, administrator and manager across a broad range of agencies over the past 40 years.
Wendy has had a long career of involvement on community committees and boards of management.
Dr Ludwig’s previous roles include Deputy CEO - Vocational Education and Training at Batchelor Institute; Director of Operations in the Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University (CDU); Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor at CDU from August 2016-July 2017; Head of Faculty - Faculty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies - Tropical Nth Qld Institute of TAFE; and many years of teaching in the Adult Education and Training sector.

Dr Ludwig’s extensive governance experience includes: Current member of the Kungarakan Cultural and Education Association; Darwin Entertainment Centre Board of Directors since 2016: Board Director Literacy for Life Foundation since 2018; Foundation Board member and Deputy Chairperson of the Centre of Contemporary Arts (COCA) Cairns between 2003 – 2006 and Board of the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT (MAGNT) which she joined in May 2021.

Wendy completed Diplomas of Community Work and Welfare Work at Darwin Community College in 1979 and gained a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and Australian History) from the Darwin Institute of Technology (now known as CDU) in 1988. She completed a Masters of Education (Aboriginal Studies) from the University of New England (Armidale, New South Wales) in 1995.

In 2017 Wendy was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by WINU (World Indigenous Nations University - Canada) in recognition of her contributions to Indigenous education and training.

Wendy has a strong commitment to training, education and employment and has been an active and strong advocate for the Creative Arts industry and various community organisations in the Northern Territory, Queensland and nationally.

She continues to participate on local, regional and national Indigenous advisory and management boards that are committed to the strengthening, revitalisation and growth of social, economic, political, and cultural well-being of communities and regions.

The Board of the Strehlow Research Centre

Michael Liddle (Chair)
Michael Sitzler (Deputy Chair)
Cleophas (Lofty) Katakarinja
Phillip Gordon
Douglas Multa
Prof Reuben Bolt

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Pictured left to right: Professor Barry Judd (former SRC Board), Phillip Gordon, Edward Rontji (former SRC Board), Cleophas (Lofty) Katakarinja, Michael Sitzler (Deputy Chair), Michael Liddle (Chair)