CEO: Ms Lynley Crosswell - Chair CAMD

Chief Executive Officer and Director, Museums Victoria

MBA (Executive) (Auck.)

Lynley Crosswell was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Museums Victoria in February 2017.

Museums Victoria is the largest museum organisation in the southern hemisphere, home to three museums – Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum and Scienceworks – as well as IMAX Melbourne and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building. Attracting around 2 million visitors a year, Museums Victoria has more than 500 staff and 380 volunteers.

Prior to joining Museums Victoria, Lynley was CEO of the International Division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She also served as Director of ABC Commercial and as Director of ABC New Media and Digital Services.

Lynley is a future focussed leader with extensive experience in disrupted industries. She has demonstrated strengths and skills in creating transformational strategy, business development, governance, stakeholder management including political and government, with a proven history across Asia Pacific.

Lynley is a non-executive board director with public experience and is a key-note speaker on the changing landscape and how it impacts media, arts, science – in particular disruptive technologies, the cultural sector and digital business. She has served as a non-executive director of Questacon – National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra. She is also Chair of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors and a representative on the World Heritage Steering Committee for the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.


Museums Victoria is the largest museum organisation in the southern hemisphere and home to Australia’s leading museum-based research program, the Museums Victoria Research Institute. We operate three museums – Melbourne Museum, the Immigration Museum and Scienceworks – along with IMAX Melbourne and the Royal Exhibition Building, Australia’s first UNESCO World Heritage-listed building.

Our vision is a society enriched by wondrous discovery and trusted knowledge, and compelled to act for a thriving future. Through our exhibitions, programs and research we create meaning that helps people better understand the world around them. Each year more than 2 million people visit our sites, and we connect with many more through our outreach programs and digital platforms, which reach more than 11.5 million users each month.

Museums Victoria is custodian of a collection of more than 15 million items that traces the natural, social and cultural histories of our region. Formed over more than 165 years, the collection is an asset of inestimable value that inspires research of national and international significance. Our natural history collections are especially vital to scientists who shape conservation strategy by tracing the impact of our changing environment on biodiversity over time.

At the heart of our organisation is our commitment to placing the histories, cultures and knowledge of First Peoples at the core of what we do. We work in partnership with Elders and communities to return culture to Country and create experiences that immerse visitors in First Peoples’ stories with our visitors.

All photos courtesy of the MUSEUMS VICTORIA