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.
She has been instrumental in the Museum’s recent successes which saw a 14% increase in visitation to the Powerhouse Museum in 2015, and over 17 new exhibitions presented. These included a number of Australia exclusives and world premieres.
Dolla is widely published and brings scholarship, national and international partnerships to the position, as well as a strong focus on audiences and opening up opportunities for engagement, participation and access.
Dolla was Associate Director, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) 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. Her role included responsibility for the management, strategic development, and implementation of SCAF’s core programs: exhibitions, publications, research, and public and educational programs in addition to financial and human resource management.
During her five-year tenure at SCAF Dolla directed over 16 projects, oversaw the production and design of 17 publications, and developed SCAF’s highly popular and innovative Culture+Idea series hosting over 400 events, workshops, forums, conversations, film screenings and children’s programs. She worked with leading Australian and international artists, architects and designers.
Her career 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.
Board appointments include Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Drummond Street Services, Melbourne.
Dolla is a published author and has written extensively for print and online media.
Leann Meiers has a 28 year track record in public and corporate relations, marketing and development developing effective strong business, government and individual relationships and communicating at all stakeholder levels.
Leann began her career at MAAS in the Public Relations department and for four years was deeply involved in the launch of the Powerhouse Museum and promoting other MAAS venues. She subsequently travelled to London to work in the Royal Armouries as the Marketing and Development professional before returning to Australia to take up a senior Marketing and Business Development managerial role at the Zoological Parks Board of NSW for a decade.
In 2004, Leann moved back into the creative industries, heading up the Corporate Relations team at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for 8 years. A move into leading the advancement team as Foundation Director at Macquarie University in the competitive tertiary education market from 2012 followed, managing staff in alumni relations, fundraising, advancement services and prospect research roles was her most recent role. She returned to MAAS in February 2015 to work for an institution she is passionate about.
Corporate Resources & Chief Financial Officer
An experienced Director, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary Andrew commenced his career at Leading Chartered Accounting and Business Advisory Firms where he worked within the Entrepreneurial Business Services and Corporate Advisory Divisions. During this time he worked closely with a range of both Private and Listed Corporate Clients.
Looking to expand his skill set, Andrew joined a Large Multinational in the Infrastructure Sector where he held the positions of Senior Executive and Group Chief Financial Officer successfully guiding the Group through a sustained period of rapid growth delivering large scale planning and infrastructure projects, working closely with governments throughout Indo-China and the Asia Pacific region.
Andrew brings a wealth of experience, offering 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.
As Director Public engagement Michael Parry is responsible for the Museum’s public facing activities including programs, on line and commercial activities. He will be a key driver in building audiences.
Michael was previously Deputy Director at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne, Australia. He led strategic planning and operations of ACMI’s diverse program and business initiatives. He was responsible for Commercial, Visitor Experience, Finance & Governance, Facilities and Technology.
His career has spanned public and private enterprise, leading diverse projects across organisation change, 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.
Michael has been a Project Director and Systems Architect for a variety of major exhibitions, redevelopments and digital projects for Ontario Science Centre- Canada, Melbourne Museum & Scienceworks – Melbourne, Australian Center for Contemporary Art – Melbourne, Shedd Aquarium – Chicago, Museum of Science – Boston, American Museum of Natural History – New York and Lincoln Park Zoo – Chicago. He has consulted for a wide variety of cultural and arts institutions on digital strategy, business systems integration and innovation.
He was Project Director for ACMI’s major redevelopment project, culminating the opening of the permanent exhibition Screen Worlds in September 2009 –described by The Age as “ground-breaking”. Prior to that he was Head of Technology and led a multi-disciplinary team consisting of Information, Telecommunication, Audio Visual and Cinema technologists responsible for the creative and strategic use of all types of technology across ACMI.
Michael’s work with Museum of Science (Boston) was recognised in 2002 with the American Association of Museums, Media and Technology Committees’ Gold Muse Award. In the same year, his work on the hybrid online/exhibition based ‘AstroBulletins’ project for the American Museum of Natural History (New York), won Silver. More recently, ACMI’s Generator online project won the Museums and the Web’s top prize: Best of the Web.
Michael is immediate past President of the Victorian Board of the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA); he chairs the Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI) Virtual Laboratory board; and sits on the Advisory Panel for Arts House, Melbourne. He is part of the Program Committee for the Museums and the Web, and Museums and the Web Asia conferences. He regularly presents both within Australia and internationally.