Museum Board, Director & Staff
The role of management of the South Australian Museum is prescribed under the South Australian Museum Act, 1976-1985. The South Australian Museum is a Division of Arts SA.
The Board of the South Australian Museum oversees the management of the museum in accordance with the South Australian Museum Act 1976, State and Federal Government regulations.
The Board members are appointed by the Minister for the Arts and functions as a body corporate.
Members of the Board are:
- Dr Jane Lomax-Smith (Chair)
- Ms Elizabeth Perry
- Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM
- Ms Noelene Buddle
- Mr Dean Dalla Valle
- Prof Michael Worton
- Prof David Adelson
- Mr David Rathman
Professor Suzanne Miller was appointed as Director of the South Australian Museum in 2007. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, she studied Geology Honours at the University of St Andrews before completing her PhD in Marine Geology at Imperial College, University of London. She spent 12 years with National Museums Scotland, latterly as Keeper of Natural Sciences. She was an Honorary Research Fellow in Earth Sciences with the University of Aberdeen and a Lecturer in Earth Sciences with The Open University.
Prof Miller was a member of the Peer Review College of the Natural Environment Research Council, UK. She spent time as a researcher in BBC Science Communications; as a post-doctoral Research Associate in Environmental Chemistry at the Universities of Lancaster and Oxford; as a Petroleum Geochemist at the Institute of Offshore Engineering, Orkney; and as a Metamorphic Petrologist with the British Antarctic Survey.
Prof Miller is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, Fellow of the Mineralogical Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of South Australia, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, and Member of the Geological Society of Australia.
Prof Miller is currently Affiliate Professor in Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Adelaide and Deputy Chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Council. She is also a member of the National Research Infrastructure Council, the Australian eResearch Infrastructure Council and the National Moveable Cultural Heritage Committee.
The South Australian Museum has on its staff some of the most highly regarded science and research staff in the country, as well as some of the world’s most significant collections. The SA Museum achieves more scientific research funding than any other museum in the country and is the most visited natural history museum in Australia.
With just 82 employees, the museum is greatly assisted with over 150 volunteers, students and Honorary staff.
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