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 AM

David Conry is Managing Director of Damarcon, a privately owned advisory and investment business and is a Director of Stradbroke Capital. He contributes more broadly to the community as Chair of Brisbane Powerhouse Arts, as a Director of PHN Central Queensland, and the Advisory Panel for Health and Wellbeing Queensland.

David personally has a strong community focus. The Australia Day honours list 2019,he was announced as a Member of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the community, people with high care needs and museums.

He 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. He is an Australia Day Ambassador and continues to provides support and advice to many Queensland non for profit organisations and remains a strong advocate for those with disabilities.

Mr Tim Forrester

Tim founded ARIA Property Group in 2003. Tim studied Property Economics at Queensland University of Technology and recently completed the Australian Owner Manager Program from University of Queensland 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. 

Dr Geoff Ginn

BA(Hons I) PhD

Geoff is a historian at the University of Queensland, where he teaches British history, urban history and heritage studies, and is presently History Honours Advisor and Director of Engagement in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. An active public historian and former heritage consultant, he was a Chevening Scholar to the UK in 1995-6 before completing his PhD in 2001.  In 2009-10 he co-edited a book on the colonial defence force in Queensland for the state's sesqui-centenary, and has written two sole-authored academic monographs: Archangels and Archaeology: J.S.M. Ward's Kingdom of the Wise (Brighton and Portland: Sussex Academic Press 2012) and Culture, Philanthropy and the Poor in Late-Victorian London (London and New York: Routledge, 2017). He was a Chief Investigator on the large ARC Linkage Grant (2007-2010) to develop the innovative online Queensland Historical Atlas ( Since 2005 Geoff has served on the Board of the State Library of Queensland (to 2008) and the Queensland Museum (2008-2013), as a member of the Board of the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology (presently as chair), and as a judge in the Queensland Literary Awards. He is a member of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland and the Australian Historical Association, the Queensland Working Party for the Australian Dictionary of Biography (2008-present) and a former Treasurer of the Professional Historians Association (Queensland).

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. 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

Ms Catherine Taylor

BSocStud and MTP

Cathi held senior executive roles in the Queensland Government departments of The Premier and Cabinet, Environment and Transport and Main Roads, and was a Clerk of the Executive Council and the Information Commissioner for Queensland. Cathi has a Bachelor of Social Studies degree from the University of Sydney, a Master of Town Planning degree from the University of New South Wales, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Executive Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.  While living in London in 2011-17, Cathi was a Trustee for the Royal Flying Doctor Service – UK charity, co-convenor of the Inspiring Women Reflect programme, Chairman of the University of Sydney UK Alumni Association, and convenor of art history programmes conducted in London's major public galleries and museums. 

Mr David Williams


David is the Co-Founder and Director of Gilimbaa Indigenous Creative Agency.   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