Board of the Queensland Museum

The Board of the Queensland Museum is a statutory authority under the Queensland Museum Act 1970, appointed by the Governor-in-Council on the recommendation of the Minister for the Arts. Under the Act, the members are appointed for terms up to three years.

The Board of the Queensland Museum is responsible for the good management of the Queensland Museum and each member brings experience and specific expertise to the role.



QM Board Members

Mr David Conry

David is Managing Director of Damarcon and holds several executive and non-executive roles including Chair of the Brisbane Powerhouse Arts; directorships with the Australian Institute of Management; Sunshine Coast PHN; Charlton Brown; The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and Gadens Lawyers. David was awarded the honour of Queensland’s Australian of the Year 2007 and EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year for his work in founding the national disability organisation Youngcare.

Mr Tim Forrester

Tim founded ARIA Property Group in 2003. Tim studied Property Economics at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and recently completed the Australian Owner Manager Program from University of Queensland (UQ) Business School. Tim is a member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia and has been on the Board of the Property Council of Australia. 

Mr Maurie McNarn AO

FAICD, FDC; MBA, MDefS, GDipTSM, GDipMngtS, BA(Hons)

Maurie retired from the Army as a Major-General in 2009. Some of his appointments included National Commander Iraq, Gulf and Afghanistan, Head of the Defence Intelligence Organisation, Director-General Joint Operations, Head of Personnel, Head of Training (National RTO), Communications/IT and Head of the Royal Military College. He has lived and worked extensively in Asia, the Middle East and the United States. From 2009 to 2016 he was the Chief Operating Officer at the University of Queensland responsible for Finance, Commercial Operations/Entities, Planning/Strategy, IT, Construction, Property, HR, Marketing and Communications, Senate (Board) Secretary, Governance, Legal, Risk, Internal Audit and Investigations.  He also sat on the Boards of the UQ Holding Company Ltd (Commercial Entities); Uniseed Management Pty (Venture Capital) and the Women’s College.

Maurie chairs the Queensland Museum’s Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Ms Sharon Schoenborn


Sharon is a Director of Sales and Marketing for Microsoft Australia. She previously held the role of Queensland State Director for Microsoft and is a trustee for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science degree in Organisational Leadership. She brings 18 years of experience in the Information Technology industry.

Mr David Williams


David is the Co-Founder and Director of Gilimbaa. Operating since 2008, Gilimbaa has offices in Brisbane and Canberra. He has served as an Indigenous Advisor for Opera Australia; as an Indigenous Advisory Group Member for Brisbane Festival; as an elected member of the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce; and on the Queensland Government Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Committee.

David chairs the Queensland Museum’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Consultative Committee.