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Council of the Australian National Maritime Museum Appointments

2 May 2017

The Turnbull Government has announced the appointment of Ms Alison Page and Mr David Blackley as part-time members of the Council of the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) for a period of three years each.

Ms Page is a descendant of the Walbanga and Wadi Wadi people of the Yuin nation and a leader in contemporary Australian design. Ms Page established her own interior design studio in 1999, founded the National Aboriginal Design Agency and has won numerous awards including an International Federation of Interior Architects Award and Australian Jewellery Design Award. She is currently a Director of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Land Corporation and Chair of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.

Ms Page has also served as a member of numerous boards, including the Expert Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Peoples, the Museums and Galleries NSW Board and the Australian Museum Trust. In addition, Ms Page was a panellist for eight years on the ABC television program The New Inventors which showcased Australian innovation.

Ms Page’s expertise in contemporary Australian design together with her experience in the delivery of culturally appropriate architectural services will assist the ANMM in its development of a sustainable master plan for the future, as well as providing valuable support and advice to the Museum in the development of its indigenous collection and education initiatives.

Mr Blackley was Chairman of Clemenger BBDO in Melbourne and National Creative Director across the company’s offices in Australia and New Zealand. Under his leadership, Clemenger BBDO won “Australian Agency of the Year” award eight times. Mr Blackley was also inducted into the Australian Advertising Hall of Fame in 2015 for his achievements in the advertising industry.

Mr Blackley’s knowledge of communications, advertising and fundraising will assist the ANMM in its endeavours to increase its revenue through strong fundraising and attracting greater audiences.

The Council is responsible for the performance of the ANMM and its exhibition and preservation of Australian maritime heritage.

For more information about the Council visit www.anmm.gov.au

Media contact: Geraldine Mitchell | 0407 280 476 | Geraldine.Mitchell [at] communications.gov.au ()