16 February 2005
Wednesday, 16 February, 2005

Australia's founding national peak body representing the shared interests of archives, galleries, libraries and museums—the Collections Council of Australia (CCA)—now has a new Chair and Chief Executive Officer.

Following its establishment by the Cultural Ministers Council in February 2004, the CCA has worked towards establishing itself as a high-level, independent forum to strategically address issues across the sector. It aims to build new collaborative relationships within the sector, with government, and between the sector and other areas.

The CCA is governed by a 12-member board, and at their inaugural meeting on 18 November 2004 the Board voted unanimously to appoint Ms Sue Nattrass as Chair. Ms Nattrass is a CCA Board Member and has enjoyed a distinguished career in the arts for more than 40 years.

Her recent roles have been as General Manager (CEO) of the Victorian Arts Centre (1989–1997), Artistic Director of two Melbourne Festivals (1998 and 1999) and of the Adelaide Festival (2002) and she has been active as a consultant in the Arts since 2000.

Sue is currently Chair of the M2006 Commonwealth Games Cultural Working Group, Chair of the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, a member of the Board of Federation Square Management Pty Ltd, of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust and of a number of other boards and foundations.

In another great step forward, the Board approved the selection panel's recommended appointment to the position of Chief Executive Officer—Ms Margaret Birtley.

Ms Birtley has extensive experience in the cultural sector as an educator, administrator and museum practitioner. Ms Birtley will take up her position on 21 February 2005 and be responsible for strategic planning for the CCA, general management and day-to-day operations. In this capacity she will head a small secretariat based at the CCA's office at the State Library of South Australia in Adelaide.

The Cultural Ministers Council has agreed to fund the first three years of the CCA operations.

16 February 2005