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Library Board of Victoria

The Library is governed by the Library Board of Victoria, which is overseen by the Victorian Minister for the Arts.

The Board's functions are set out in the Libraries Act 1988 and include:

  • ensuring the maintenance, preservation and development of a state collection of library material, including a comprehensive collection of library material relating to Victoria and the people of Victoria
  • ensuring that the state collection is available to Victorians, subject to any conditions the Board makes
  • ensuring the availability of services and facilities in relation to library matters and library material (including bibliographic services)
  • arranging the publication and sale of reproductions of any library material in the state collection
  • overseeing the exhibition of material from the state collection for information, education and entertainment
  • overseeing cooperation in programs with libraries and information organisations to promote access to library and information services and resources
  • exercising leadership and promoting high standards in the provision of library and information services
  • providing advice to the minister on any matter concerning libraries and information organisations
  • performing any other functions appropriate to the Board that the minister may approve

The Board's functions should also contribute to the cultural, educational, social and economic development of Victorians.

About the Board members

Board members are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister for the Arts. Members represent interests in academia, business, government, information technology and the humanities.

Up to 11 members serve on the Board for up to three years. Members are eligible for reappointment.

President John Wylie

John Wylie AM was appointed President of the Board in May 2012. He chairs its Executive Appointments and Remuneration Committee and is a member of its Finance Committee.

John is CEO of Lazard Australia, a leading global corporate advisory firm. He was previously Chairman of investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston Australia and has worked extensively in global financial markets including New York and London.

John is involved in a wide range of not-for-profit community activities. He is a Trustee of the global Rhodes Scholarship Trust, Chairman of the Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust and Chairman of the Victorian Olympic Council's Finance Committee. John was appointed Chair of the Board of the Australian Sports Commission in September 2012. He is a former board member and honorary treasurer of the Florey Neurosciences Institutes in Melbourne.

John holds an M.Phil in Management Studies from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland.

Deputy President Stephen Kerr

Stephen Kerr was appointed to the Board in August 2005 and reappointed in 2008 and 2011. He is currently Deputy President of the Board and Chair of the Finance Committee.

Stephen has been a member of the State Library of Victoria Foundation since its inception and is its immediate past Chairman. He has worked in the communications industry for nearly 25 years. He was Director of International Public Relations and its successor companies, IPR Shandwick and Shandwick International. He was Managing Director of Weber Shandwick Worldwide's Australian operations and is the founder and Chief Executive of the Public Relations Exchange.

Bruce Akhurst

Bruce Akhurst was appointed to the Board in May 2010. He is a member of the Executive Appointments and Remuneration Committee.

He is currently the Executive Chairman of Adstream, an international services organisation for the advertising industry.

Bruce has been CEO of Sensis, Chairman and Director of Foxtel, and Director of Soufun, the leading Chinese real estate portal. A lawyer by training, Bruce relinquished the position of managing partner with Mallesons Stephen Jaques to join Telstra in 1996, where he worked for 16 years in numerous senior positions.

Christine Christian

Christine Christian was appointed to the Board in August 2013. She is Chair of the State Library of Victoria Foundation. 

Christine is a Director of Members Equity Bank, Private Media and the New York–based Powerlinx Inc. She is a member of the board of UNICEF Australia, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and Policy and Economic Research Council. Christine was appointed President, Chief Executive Women in March 2013.

Christine was previously CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Australia, Chairman of D&B Consumer Credit Services, and Executive Director of Dun & Bradstreet India. She was the founding Chairman of Business Information Industry Association – Hong Kong and Middle East and Director until 2012.  

Merran Evans

Professor Merran Evans was appointed to the Board in June 2009 and reappointed in 2012. She chairs the Board's Audit and Risk Management Committee and is a member of its Collections Committee.

She is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Quality) at Monash University, where her previous administrative appointments include Director of University Planning and Statistics, and Director of Monash University's London Centre. 

Merran is a member of many university academic and management committees, as well as holding external and international memberships.

Her research output includes a book and numerous contributions to econometrics, economics and statistical journals. She is a recipient of the Centenary Medal for services to education.

Petro Georgiou AO

Petro Georgiou was appointed to the Board in July 2011. He serves on its Executive Appointments and Remuneration and Audit and Risk Management committees.

Petro was a member of the House of Representatives in the electorate of Kooyong from 1994 until 2010. He was chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Science and Innovation, State Director of the Victorian division of the Liberal Party, and Director of the Institute of Multicultural Affairs.

He is Vice-Chancellor's Professorial Fellow at Monash University and the University of Melbourne.

Dennis Goldner

Dennis Goldner was appointed to the Board in May 2010. He chairs the Board's Advisory Committee on Public Libraries and serves on its Finance Committee.

Dennis has had experience at senior levels in both the Australian and Victorian public services, particularly in the areas of public policy economics, trade and investment promotion. He retired from the Deloitte partnership in May 2009, having led the firm's government services practice in Victoria.

He is currently national leader in corporate responsibility at Deloitte, Chair of the Deloitte Foundation and Regional Arts Victoria, and is a board member of Oxfam Australia. Dennis is a Fellow of the Australian Insitute of Company Directors.

Eddie McGuire AM

Eddie McGuire was appointed to the Board in April 2013. He is an accomplished businessman, author and media personality. He is President of the Collingwood Football Club and the Melbourne Stars Cricket Team, and Chair of the Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre. Mr McGuire sits on a number of other boards including Victorian Major Events Company, Athletics Australia, the Shane Warne Foundation and stockbroking firm Evans & Partners.

Mr McGuire was recognised in 2005 for his 'service to the community, particularly through support for health care and welfare organisations, and to broadcasting', receiving a Member of the Order of Australia award. 

Karen Quinlan

Karen Quinlan was appointed to the Board in August 2013. 

Karen has over 20 years working in the visual arts sector. She has been Director of Bendigo Art Gallery since 2000, where she has been instrumental in bringing international exhibitions to regional Victoria. In 2013 Karen became an adjunct Professor at La Trobe University within the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Karen has worked as a secondary school visual arts teacher as well as curator at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Bendigo Art Gallery. 

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