Julie Finch Director, New Museum Project, Western Australian Museum
Julie Finch is now the Project Director for the New Museum Project for the Western Australian Museum; she commenced her post in January this year. Prior to this she worked in Bristol, UK as Director of Museums, Galleries and Archives for Bristol until December 2013. This is a museum service that attracted over 1.2 million visitors per annum, consists of nine venues and universal museum collections of over 3 million objects.
Whilst in the UK, she was a local, regional and national ambassador for culture, with a strong commitment to audiences, public programmes, enterprise development placing the visitor experience at the heart of the organisation. Julie was a committee member for the South West Heritage Lottery Fund in the UK. She was also a National Board Member for Arts Council England. In December 2012 she gained a Masters in Business Administration, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Heritage Studies, First Class Honours degree from the University of Hull and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, UK.
Julie's career also encompasses the complete development of M Shed, the new museum for Bristol, which opened in 2011 receiving 750,000 visitors in its first and subsequent years of opening. Prior to that, Julie was Director of the National Football Museum, Manchester, Manager of Salford Heritage Services and Principle Keeper of the Usher Art Gallery, Lincoln.