Kim McKay AO


Kim McKay AO
CEW Member

The Australian Museum
Executive Director and CEO

As Executive Director and CEO, Kim is responsible for strategic planning and management of The Australian Museum, one of Australia’s most important cultural and scientific institutions. She oversees an annual budget of $45+ million and reports to the Federal Minister for Arts and the Australian Museum Trust. Kim also has direct involvement in key donor and sponsor fundraising and is the organisation’s media spokesperson.

In her time with the museum, Kim has initiated an impressive transformation program. This includes enshrining free general admission for children into government policy, constructing a new architect-designed entrance, Crystal Hall, and creating new galleries and programs, including establishing the Australian Museum Centre for Citizen Science and undertaking a comprehensive and strategic re-branding campaign. She previously served as a Trustee of the AM.

Before joining the Museum, Kim was Managing Director of Momentum2 Pty Ltd, a Sydney-based social and sustainability marketing and communications agency specialising in major events, corporate sustainability and social responsibility programs. Prior to that she spent over seven years working in the USA for the Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channels International where she was Senior Vice President Global Marketing & Communications. Possessing a strong social conscience, Kim also co-founded the iconic Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World campaigns.

Kim is a strong supporter of women in leadership. She actively promotes women within the Australian Museum, including in her team of direct reports and across the Museum’s sector where she has championed a nation-wide mentoring program. She is on the advisory board of the One Million Women organization. In 2011, was included in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence list, and was included in the book 'The Power of 100...One Hundred Women who have Shaped Australia’.

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