ENVi: A special interest group for school and community engagement professionals working in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums in Victoria, Australia.

About the Committee

ENVi is a volunteer organisation led by members nominated to represent our diverse field.

Committee members:

  • advocate and support the interests of their profession
  • work at Victorian cultural organisations, museums and galleries
  • plan events that support continued improvement of the profession and its members
  • assist with communications and marketing of ENVi events
  • share hosting and facilitation at professional development events
  • attend bi-monthly face to face meetings
  • contribute freely and willingly for the benefit of their profession

If you would like to join ENVi, Call for Nominations opens November 2021. Please check back for more information or email ma.envic@gmail.com.

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2020-21 Committee

Christine Healey, President and Social Media Manager (General Member since 2011)

Curator Education and Community Learning at the Incinerator Gallery. Christine previously worked at the Shrine of Remembrance and Heide Museum of Modern Art. Christine is a PhD candidate at RMIT University researching best practice and pedagogies of art museum educators. Christine’s formal qualifications include a Dip. Ed, UniMelb, an MA in Arts Management, RMIT University and a BFA (Photography), Victorian College of the Arts. Christine is an experienced Visual Thinking Strategies (facilitator and trainer) who values divergent thinking.  christinehealey.com.au

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Michelle Kiag, Treasurer (General Member since 2018)

Michelle is Program Developer for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). Developing and supporting school education programs for the National Trust delivered across several heritage properties in Melbourne’s CBD and regional Victoria. Prior to her current role, Michelle worked as Education Developer for Melbourne Water and as a Primary classroom teacher for 8 years. Michelle has completed a BAEd and MEd in Leadership. @michelle_kiag

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Mei Liu, Secretary, (General Member since 2019)

Mei is the Program Coordinator for STEM Education Experiences at Museums Victoria, Scienceworks. Mei develops and supports school education programs, teacher professional learning and education partnerships. Mei is a primary trained educator with a background in science and science communication and has worked in outreach for Questacon and Monash University. Mei is passionate about active learning and student engagement through innovation and making. Mei is a Board Member of Maker Community Inc, a makerspace in Brunswick. Instagram: @scicommlife, Twitter: @makermei, LinkedIn: meiliu1

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Andrew Hiskens, General Member

Andrew Hiskens

Andrew consults to cultural (and other) organisations on issues ranging from education to mentorship and creative problem solving. He was a member of the Senior Management Team at State Library Victoria for 22 years, at different times responsible for events, exhibitions, school programs, marketing and communications, publishing, youth and family programs and the Premiers’ Literary Awards. Andrew is the immediate past president of both ENVi and the national museum education network, Museums Australia Education. @ahiskens

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Melissa Bedford, General Member (since 2013)

Melissa BedfordEducation & Audience Development Officer at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA). A registered teacher, Melissa completed studies in studies in Education, Visual Arts and Arts Management at The University of Melbourne. Prior to her employment arts sector, Melissa taught VCE Art, Studio Art and Visual Communication in schools for twelve years and held the position of Head of Visual Arts at Presentation College Windsor from 2005-2009. In 2010 Melissa took up the position of Education Officer at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) where she initiated the Fitzroy Art Spaces Tour (FAST) project and continues to work on a freelance basis. Melissa was formerly a member of the VCAA’s Studio Arts Review Committee, VCE folio reviewer and contributed to the support material within the Studio Arts curriculum document. She is committed to increasing youth access to and engagement with contemporary art and is a member of the Arts Network within the DEECD’s Strategic Partnerships Program and the ENVI Committee.

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Peter Hoban, General Member

Pete Hoban

Peter is Team Leader of Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. He taught Humanities and English in the state education system and has been involved in museum education at Sovereign Hill for too many years to mention. @pdhoban

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Sue Burgess, General Member (since 2020)

Sue is Director of Public Programs at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne. In this role Sue oversees exhibition, education and public program development and implementation. She comes to this role having worked and volunteered in museums in Australia and internationally. Sue is passionate about history and engaging visitors in memorable and high quality experiences. @sueburgess3145

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Celia Mallard, General Member (since 2020)

Celia Mallard

Celia is the Education Coordinator at the Chinese Museum. In this role Celia develops and administers school education programs, outreach programs and adult learning programs. Additionally, she currently works as the Events and Professional Development Manager at the Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria. Celia has volunteered in a variety of capacities at the Climarte Festival, Courtauld Gallery, and was an intern at MoNA. Celia’s formal qualifications include a BA in Art History from Monash University and a MA in Contemporary Asian Art from the Courtauld Institute, London.

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Alice Barnes, General Member (since 2020)

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Patrick Watt, Co-opted Member

Patrick is the Museum Program Director at Yarra Ranges. Previously Patrick worked at the Burke Museum & Historic Precinct and National Sports Museum at the MCG. Patrick taught drama and English before working as a museum educator at Sovereign Hill and Scienceworks. Patrick is also the state representative at Museums Australia Education and is a board member of International Museum Theatre Alliance, Asia Pacific.

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Ian Watts, Co-opted Member

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Committee member’s postings on this site are their own and do not necessarily represent their employer’s or Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) positions, strategies, or opinions.

Education Network Victoria (ENVi) is a network of museum and gallery education and public program professionals. 

Membership is encouraged via Australian Museums and Galleries Association

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