MAAS Director and CEO
Dolla Merrillees was appointed Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in April 2016. Prior to this appointment, Dolla was Director of Curatorial, Collections and Exhibitions at MAAS. She was appointed to this role in January 2014.
Dolla brings a strong track record of curatorial leadership to the role as well as a highly respected reputation for rethinking and representing collections and delivering innovative exhibitions.
Her career also spans managing and developing exhibitions, public and educational programs and collections at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Powerhouse Museum; disseminating information on sectoral issues at the Australia Council for the Arts; exhibition management at the Biennale of Sydney; and a five year tenure at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation championing research, education and exhibitions of significant and innovative contemporary visual practice from Australia, the Asia-Pacific and West Asia.
Corporate Resources and Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Elliott is both 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 for Finance, Human Resources and Facilities and Asset Management.
Andrew has over twenty years of experience in Financial and Executive Management, Risk and Governance, Strategy Development and Execution 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.
Development and External Affairs
As Director of Development and External Affairs, Leann is responsible for managing the integrated marketing and communications strategy to ensure MAAS is optimally and proactively promoted, as well as developing strategy to achieve significant partnership and funding support including corporate sponsorship, philanthropy, and giving, foundation and grants. Leann is responsible for developing relationships with the Museum’s stakeholders including museum partners and ambassadors.
Leann has a 28-year successful track record in public and corporate relations, marketing and development, and developing effective strong business, government and individual relationships, communicating at all stakeholder levels. Leann also has extensive experience working with both Australian and international cultural institutions.
Her career at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences began in the PR department and continues with leading Development and External Affairs.
Michael Parry (on secondment)
Michael Parry is currently on secondment to the Cultural Institute Infrastructure Program Management Office, Arts and Culture Division, Department of Planning and Environment to help deliver the final business case for the New Museum Project.
Prior to his work on the New Museum, 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.