Director: Ms Daryl Karp, AM

Ms Daryl Karp has worked as a senior executive in the broadcast and cultural industries for over 20 years.

Prior to her appointment as Director and CEO of the Australian National Maritime Museum she was the Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House from 2013 to 2022 establishing a strategic direction that focused on ‘the spirit of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it’, positioning the museum as a new kind of town square, based on the democratic principles of equality, freedom, justice, representation.  A key outcome of this period was the Democracy 2025 initiative, exploring political trust in Australia.

Ms Karp was the Chair of the Canberra Writers Festival and served as Chair of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors from 2017 to 2021.

She has previously held executive roles and non-executive roles in broadcast media, independent production and the public sector, including CEO and Managing Director of Film Australia, Head of Factual Programs (Television) at the ABC, and Non-Executive Director for SBS. She has also served on the Boards of the Sydney Jewish Museum and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and is a current member of the Yindyamarra Advisory Group with Charles Sturt University.

She is an experienced non-executive director and is a Fellow in the Institute of Company Directors (FAICD). She is a graduate of Wharton School of Business’s Advanced Management Program at University of Pennsylvania (2008) and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tel Aviv University.


The Australian National Maritime Museum is Australia’s museum of the sea. A place to explore our relationship to the oceans, rivers and lakes around us and to dive deeper into the rich maritime heritage that binds us all.

As an island nation, we have always been fascinated by the waters that surround us. The ocean, and its ever-shifting tides, have been central to our stories throughout time, shaping the Australian identity. By sharing these stories, we want to spark curiosity and conversations about how the sea shaped our world and continues to transform us today.

Our purpose is to excite people about their connection to the sea, so they value it more.

We are one of nine National Collecting Institutions and the country’s national centre for maritime collections, exhibitions, research and archaeology.