Mark Goggin has twenty years leadership experience across the museum, cultural and health sectors, as CEO, marketer, festival producer, educator and researcher. For twelve years, Mark was General Manager, Marketing, Museum Experience & Commercial Services, at the Powerhouse Museum where he was responsible for the Museum’s brand and sites, building audience engagement and instilling modern commercial practices that contributed to a more sustainable museum. He was responsible for leading entrepreneurial exhibition projects and creating innovative public programs, such as the annual Sydney Design festival. He has succeeded in broadening the Museum’s profile, reach and appeal; renewing the heritage site of Sydney Observatory and launching Powerhouse Discovery Centre, the Museum's publicly accessible Collection Stores. In 2011, he managed the Museum’s most ambitious project: Harry Potter: The Exhibition which claimed the mantle as the most successful paid exhibition in NSW history, generating a record $46.9 million for the NSW economy and attracting over 382,500 visitors. The exhibition won the 2012 Premier’s Public Sector Award for ‘Building the economy', recognised as the State's most significant new economic project.
Recently, Mark led a national coalition of partners to secure the rights to host the prestigious Communicating the Museum conference, the leading international forum for cultural communicators in the art gallery and museum world, to be staged in Sydney and Melbourne in November, 2014. Originally trained as a psychologist [BA (Hons)], he has an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the Australian & New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). Prior to the Powerhouse, Mark was General Manager of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (1996-2001), growing this hallmark cultural festival into Australia’s largest tourism event, injecting $99 million annually into the Sydney economy.
Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon
Assistant Director, Creative Services
Caroline has worked in the cultural/heritage sector for over 15 years including posts at the Museum of Sydney, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales. She was most recently Head Curator at the Museum of Sydney where she published widely and curated exhibitions on many aspects of Australian history. One of her recent books, Homes in the sky: apartment living in Australia, co-authored with Dr Charles Pickett (MUP, 2007) was the winner of the Australian Institute of Architects’ Bates Smart Architecture in the Media Award and EnergyAustralia National Trust Award for Interpretation and Presentation for 2008. She also co-authored Shooting through: Sydney by tram (HHT, 2009) and Sydney then & now (Thunder Bay Press, California, 2005) and was co-editor of Talking about Sydney: population, community and culture in contemporary Sydney (UNSW Press & the HHT, 2006). She has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions at MOS including: Art Deco, Federation Sydney, 1880–1910, and Leunig Animated. She recently completed her PhD at the University of New South Wales on the history of apartment living in Sydney.
Assistant Director, Heritage & Portfolios
Ian has over twenty years experience in cultural landscape management and conservation, including in senior management roles at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Centennial Parklands. He studied architecture and, later, landscape architecture, and his ongoing professional interests developed since that time span a range of aspects of the built environment including: architectural and landscape design, heritage conservation, cultural landscape management, contract administration and project management, strategic asset management, horticulture and arboriculture, and garden plant conservation.
Assistant Director, Operations
Trish Kernahan joined Sydney Living Museums on 23 July 2012 as the Assistant Director, Operations. In this position Trish has responsibility for the Finance, Human Resources, IT&C and Compliance & Knowledge teams. Immediately prior to taking up this role Trish spent 16 years at the Art Gallery of New South Wales working in corporate strategic planning and corporate governance. During her 36 years in the NSW Public Sector Trish has worked in management and operational roles across six NSW government agencies in a range of corporate services positions.
Assistant Director, Commercial & Marketing Services
Julie Turpie commenced as Assistant Director Commercial and Marketing Services in June 2011. Julie has more than 20 years' experience in brand development, destination marketing, commercial venue hire and public programming, including six years working for the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority managing their sponsorship, business development program and annual events portfolio at The Rocks and Darling Harbour including the signature New Year’s Eve and Australia Day events. Julie has spent the past three years with Brisbane Marketing responsible for city branding strategies, destination marketing campaigns and delivering a major events strategy for Brisbane.