Our People

Marcus Schutenko


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.

Dr Regan Forrest

Assistant Director – Content and Innovation

​Regan joined MAGNT in June 2018. Her career in the museum sector has spanned consultancy, exhibition planning & design, visitor research, business development, operational management and leadership positions.

Prior to joining MAGNT she was Manager, Visitor Experience at the South Australian Museum and has previously worked on major exhibition development and heritage projects in Australia, UK, North America and Middle East. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Adelaide, a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication from the Australian National University, and a PhD in Museum Visitor Experiences from the University of Queensland.

At MAGNT she is responsible for developing and implementing multidisciplinary research, exhibition, engagement and collection management policies and programs.

Meredith Dellar

Development & Communications Manager

​Meredith grew up on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, passionate about arts and culture in Australia, and its impact on communities like her own. She has a strong background across the creative industries, connecting philanthropic, corporate and government partners with high quality projects.

Prior to joining MAGNT, Meredith was the Development Executive at Victorian Opera, managing philanthropic and government funding supporting the company’s annual season. Meredith has also worked at state organisations Regional Arts Victoria and Orchestra Victoria delivering funding, marketing and education programs.

Meredith holds a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) from Deakin University, and a Master of Arts Management from RMIT, Melbourne.

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 world renowned angler and all round good bloke.

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 Tourism, Sport and Culture. The Board consists of up to 10 members appointed by the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture.

The Hon Clare Martin AO


​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 Chair of Territory Natural Resource Management, Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council Northern Territory/Kimberley; Vice Chair of Northern Territory Cricket and a Director of Brown's Mart Arts.

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

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

Board Member

Philip Watkins is part of large extended Arrernte and Larrakia families and has been the Chief Executive Officer of Desart since 2011. 

Philip has worked at the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association and within the visual arts industry with print artists in Melbourne whilst also studying Social Science at Monash University. Returning to Alice Springs, he worked with the Central Land Council in numerous roles over ten years. In 2006 he returned to his artistic roots when appointed Artistic and Cultural Director at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Adelaide.
Philip is currently a Board Member on the Indigenous Art Code. He has completed a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Arts Management from Victoria College of the Arts – University of Melbourne, the Governor’s Leadership Program at Leaders Institute in South Australia and the Australia Council’s Emerging Leaders Development Program. 

Philip continues to thrive in his role at Desart, working closely with the Board as well as Aboriginal Art Centre member organisations to deliver a strong annual program that both enhances and supports their business performance and cultural and artistic aspirations.

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

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

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.

The Board of the Strehlow Research Centre

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


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