As the former CEO of Queensland Museum, Ian is our Doctor of Philosophy who was awarded the Centenary Medal for his services to education and the museum industry!
About us Queensland
The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) is a membership-based community organisation that works to protect, conserve and celebrate Queensland’s environmental, built and cultural heritage.
On 16 October, 1963, the Honourable Harold Richter, Minister for Local Government and Conservation, introduced the National Trust of Queensland Bill into parliament. Later that year on 9 December, The National Trust of Australia Queensland Act received the Royal Assent, one day before the 104th anniversary of the reading of the proclamation which established Queensland as a separate colony in 1859. Soon afterwards, the Government announced it had excised a small curtilage of land surrounding Wolston House, with the intention of gifting the house to the NTAQ as its first property. The house was in a dilapidated condition and the NTAQ’s first project was the restoration and preservation of the buildings. Through its properties, advocacy and research, the organisation encourages the community to appreciate, care for and engage with our significant places, wildlife, and stories. This work is largely undertaken by the tireless efforts of hundreds of dedicated volunteers. Whilst the goal remains to connect the community with the NTAQ properties and activities, the cost of maintaining and operating these valuable heritage assets is considerable. NTAQ is funded through membership fees, property admission fees, sponsorships, partnerships, donations. NTAQ also advocates for the recognition and care of heritage places throughout Queensland and consists of over 500 volunteers and 340 employees state-wide who are responsible for eleven properties. These properties include Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Royal Bull’s Head Inn, Wolston Farmhouse, Brennan & Geraghty’s Store Museum, Grandchester Railway Station, Hou Wang Temple, James Cook Museum, Lyall’s Store, Stock Exchange Arcade, Townsville Heritage Centre and the Zara Clark Museum. All these properties are available for public viewing.
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NTA(Q) is a company and is independent of government.
On 1 July 2014, the statutory body National Trust of Queensland became the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Limited, a public company limited by guarantee.
NTA(Q) is governed by a Board under the provisions of the constitution.
Amendments of the Constitution as outlined in the Notice of Meeting of 28 November 2017 were unanimously approved by Special Resolution by a majority of Governing Members present at the Annual General Meeting of 28 November 2017:
Constitution of National Trust of Australia (Qld) Limited Updated Constitution of National Trust of Australia (Queensland) November 2017
The Board determines the policies of NTA(Q) and governs the activities undertaken by NTA(Q)’s staff and many volunteers.
Under the new corporate structure, the Trust’s activities remain unchanged, however, the updated constitution allows all members of National Trust of Australia (Queensland) to also become members of the Company and be entitled to attend future Annual General Meetings and vote on resolutions and elect Directors via secret ballots.
The 2017 National Trust of Australia (Queensland) AGM for Governing Members and other guests was held on Saturday 18 November 2017 at the Seminar Rooms, Level 3, City Library Building, 155 Herries Street, Toowoomba. For enquiries about the AGM please contact the Company Secretary on 07 5534 0812 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our dynamic board of leaders, helping to guide and shape the amazing work of the Queensland Trust.
Dr Daniel McDiarmid
As the Principal Consultant at Global Philanthropic, Daniel is an exceptional leader in Australian fundraising with national and international clientele, as well as being an Adjunct Professor at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy.
Dr. Bruce Cook OAM
A headmaster at heart, Dr. Bruce Cook OAM taught nation-wide and harnessed his passion for wildlife by becoming the Founding Chair of the Board of Trustees for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation.
Dr. Melanie Piddocke
Melanie is currently a Museum Development Officer for the Queensland Museum Network's Museum Resource Centre for Central Queensland. Based in Mackay, Melanie works with community groups, collections and museums throughout the region on a range of development and collections care projects.
Arthur Frame AM
In a career spanning five decades, he has established an impressive reputation as an actor, administrator, artistic director, board member, chief executive officer, director, education program manager, entrepreneur, executive production manager, playwright, technical stage director and theatrical agent. Mr Frame is the former Artistic Director and CEO of Artslink Queensland.
A historian living in Townsville, Ray is now proudly a consultant on a number of former military sites in the region, and as a member of the Townsville City Council Heritage Advisory Board since 2009, he holds extraordinary insight into North Queensland.
Henry Smerdon AM
Centenary Medal (2001) awardee and member of the Order of Australia (2010), Henry served five years as the Under Treasurer and Under Secretary of the Queensland Treasury Department . Also awarded a Doctorate of Universty in 2010, this stellar board member is also the independent chair of AustSafe Super.
James is a passionate advocate, speaker and policy developer, specialising in economic sustainability, equality and financial literacy, heritage and environmental protection, conservation and education, and seniors and disability rights and support.
Gina has extensive experience in corporate governance, education, senior management and community engagement across various sectors and has developed and implemented numerous natural and built environment projects. Gina is a qualified company director, an appointed company director of a Board, Chair of a Strategy Committee and a Deputy Chair of a national group.