Lisa Havilah commenced as Chief Executive of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in January 2019. From 2012 to 2019, Lisa was the Director of Carriageworks. Under her leadership Carriageworks experienced extraordinary audience, artistic and commercial growth, becoming the fastest growing cultural precinct in Australia.
From 2005 to 2011, Lisa was the Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre, pioneering an internationally renowned contemporary arts program that brought together culturally and socially diverse communities, and from 1998 to 2004 was Assistant Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
Andrew Elliott is currently Acting Director of MAAS as well as Chief Financial Officer and Director Corporate Resources. Andrew is responsible for managing the governance frameworks of the Museum and developing and implementing policies, procedures and reporting. He is also responsible for Finance, Human Resources, Facilities and Asset Management, Information Technology and Commercial Operations.
Andrew has over twenty years of experience in Executive and Financial Management, Risk and Governance, Strategy Development and Implementation and Advisory Services. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with an accounting major and is a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants, The Governance Institute of Australia, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Programs and Engagement
As Director Programs and Engagement, Tristan Sharp is responsible for the Museum’s public facing activities, including programs and online activities.
Tristan Sharp joined MAAS with over 15 years’ experience in public engagement and education programming in both the public and private sector, with a strong focus on delivery and customer service/audience engagement. With a background in arts education, Tristan has held roles at Campbelltown Bicentennial Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery, Art Gallery New South Wales, Australia Council and most recently the Westpac Group.
Tristan began his career as a Visual Arts Teacher and holds a Masters of Arts Administration from the University of New South Wales. He has curated several exhibitions and has received industry awards from Museums Australia and the Art Gallery Society of NSW.
Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions
As Director Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions, Peter Denham is responsible for ensuring the MAAS Collection, exhibitions and research reach the broadest possible audience.
Peter joined MAAS with over 25 years’ experience in the cultural sector. His curatorial experience includes roles at Queensland Art Gallery, Cairns Regional Gallery and National Gallery of Victoria. Prior to MAAS, Peter worked at the Museum of Brisbane since 2006. Under his Directorship the Museum won several exhibition awards and underwent a major building restoration and building project.
Peter studied at the Royal Society of Arts in London and holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Leadership from Griffith University, where he was awarded an Academic Excellence award. In 2015, Peter was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study new Museum approaches, which saw him travel to more than 100 museums around the world. Peter has a strong curatorial and publishing record and currently holds a position on the Advisory Board for the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research.
MAAS Project Management Office
Prior to his work on the MAAS Project, Michael was Director Programs and Engagement at MAAS. Michael’s career has spanned public and private enterprise, exhibition and program design, media production, and many facets of systems integration and technologies working for a variety of cultural institutions across Australia and North America.
Siobhan Rennie leads MAAS’ communications and external affairs by driving the strategic direction of the museum in all facets of communications, marketing, strategic partnerships, philanthropy, audience insights and business development.
Ms Rennie joins MAAS with over 18 years of global communications, media and public relations experience, working with start-ups, government, finance, arts and culture, media and advertising.
Her extensive experience in communications and public relations has made Ms Rennie a trusted voice in the field. She has managed the reputations of Prime Ministers, Presidents and CEOs, orchestrated communications during natural disasters and delivered communications for multiple large-scale rebrands. Notably, Ms Rennie led the media relations team for the G20 in Australia and prior to that was Director of Media and Communications for the National Plan for School Improvement (Gonski Review).