28 January 2023

New director appointed to Museum of Australian Democracy

| Ian Bushnell
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New Museum of Australian Democracy director Stephanie Bull. Photo: NMA.

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House finally has a new director more than six months after Daryl Karp left to join the National Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney.

Her replacement, Stephanie Bull, won’t have far to travel, skipping across the lake from the National Museum of Australia, where she has been deputy director for five years.

Ms Bull comes to the role with many years of experience in the cultural sector, including at the Australian War Memorial.

She started her career in the Australian Public Service at the Department of Defence before moving into the cultural sector where she has spent the majority of her career.

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She worked at the Australian War Memorial in exhibition and gallery development before performing several roles at the NMA in exhibition development, partnerships and international engagement.

She was also chief operating officer overseeing corporate services, and in 2018 was appointed deputy director.

MoAD board chair Nick Minchin said Ms Bull would bring to her new role a deep appreciation of Australian history, exceptional leadership skills and governance experience, as well as an interest in audience engagement.

“Stephanie joins us at an exciting time as we develop a new strategic plan and look to the great opportunities ahead for MoAD,” he said.

Mr Minchin also thanked Andrew Harper for his outstanding service as acting director for the past seven months. He will continue at MoAD as deputy director.

Ms Bull will start her new role on 22 February.

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