Collette Brennan appointed CEO

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) (NTAV) is pleased to announce the appointment of Collette Brennan as its new Chief Executive Officer. Collette will officially take on the role in the first quarter of the 2024/25 financial year.

Collette Brennan, Incoming Chief Executive Officer.


With over 25 years of arts leadership and management experience, Collette brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the NTAV. She has a proven track record of delivering complex arts and cultural programs both in Australia and internationally. 

For the past eight years, Collette has been the CEO and Artistic Director of Abbotsford Convent, where she has successfully managed heritage and facility operations, engaged with government and community stakeholders, and overseen arts and cultural programming across 11 buildings, 16 acres, and 121 tenancies.

The Board of the NTAV was particularly impressed by Collette’s engaging and visionary leadership style, her innovative and action-oriented approach, and her alignment with the NTAV’s mission and strategic plan. Her unique experience across the not-for-profit, government, academia, and creative arts sectors positions her to lead the NTAV to even greater success in advocating for, conserving, and celebrating our cultural heritage and assets.


“We are thrilled to welcome Collette Brennan as our new CEO,” said Andrew Logie-Smith, Chairperson, NTAV. “Collete’s extensive background in arts and cultural management, combined with her innovative leadership approach, makes Collette the ideal person to lead the NTAV into its next chapter. We look forward to the new perspectives and energy she will bring to our organisation.”


The NTAV also extends its deep gratitude to Philip Martins, NTAV’s Chief Financial Officer, who has served as interim CEO since February 2024. Philip will continue in this role until Collette joins the NTAV team. His exemplary leadership and significant contributions have been greatly appreciated during this transitional period.

Together with Philip and the rest of the NTAV Executive Team, Collette will work to embrace the complexity of the past and inspire connections to place for the benefit of current and future generations.

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