The Board

Dictionary of Sydney Board 2013

Lisa Murray photo by Australia Unlimited/Pierre Toussaint

Dr Lisa Murray BA (Hons) PhD (Syd)
Chair, Dictionary of Sydney
Lisa Murray is Chair of the Board of the Dictionary of Sydney and was appointed City Historian at the Council of the City of Sydney in 2010. She has 15 years’ experience as professional historian and is an awarding-winning author. Her many public history publications include Musical Chairs: The Quest for a City Recital Hall and The Capitol Theatre Restoration.

(Photo by Australia Unlimited / Pierre Toussaint)


Professor Paul Ashton BA (Hons) DipEd (Macq) PhD (Macq) MPHA
Paul Ashton is Professor of Public History at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has worked in the fields of heritage, urban, oral and community history and undertaken commissioned histories. Paul is Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Public History and co-editor of the journal Public History Review. He is a past President of the Professional Historians Association of NSW.


Andrew Bateman
As part of the CMO at Telstra, Andy Bateman is accountable for marketing across all customer segments including business, enterprise and government as well as Telstra consumer and small business marketing. Prior to this he was Global CEO of The Leading Edge, a leading international market research company residing in Sydney. He was previously CEO of brand consultancy Interbrand in the US and has also served as Worldwide account lead on Intel, for McCann Worldgroup. Credits include repositioning and launch efforts for brands including Kimberly Clark, Thomson Reuters, Kellogg’s, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Dell, L’Oreal, Audi, Allied Domecq brands and the Australian Government.
His work has won both numerous effectiveness and creative awards, while his work with UBS was the subject of a Harvard Business case study.


Phillip Black BSc (UNSW) DipEd
Phillip Black is a Surry Hills businessman in the tourism industry. He is a served as a Councillor of the Council of the City of Sydney from 2004 – 2012 chairing several Council committees including the Sydney Town Hall Curatorial Committee, the Harold Park Trams Working Party, Sydney Town Hall Advisory Group, and was Deputy Lord Mayor 2009-2010. Remains active with the Council with the Sister City Committees: Nagoya, Portsmouth, and San Francisco. He is an active advocate for Theatre, Arts, History & Heritage and a member of the Sydney Town Hall Guided Tour group.
Currently he is a board member of the Australia Day Regatta Advisory Council, the Sydney Community Foundation, the Centennial Parklands Foundation, The Concourse Advisory Board and Friends of the Sydney Town Hall Committee. He was former Curator at the Geological and Mining Museum and a secondary school science teacher. He is founding member and past President of the South Sydney Heritage Society and former Councillor on the Royal Australian Historical Society.


Professor Michael Fraser AM
Professor Michael Fraser AM is a Professor of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney and Director of the Communications Law Centre (CLC), UTS, Australia’s independent, non-profit, public interest centre specialising in communications, media and online law and policy.
He was a founder and CEO of Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) for twenty one years and a founding director of Australian, foreign and international copyright management organisations.
Professor Fraser is Chairman of the Australian Copyright Council, Chairman of the Stolen Generations Testimonies Foundation and President of International PEN – Sydney Centre and a director of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN).


Dr Kate Harrington BA (Hons), G.Dip Information Management (UNSW), G.Dip Management (UTS), PhD (UNSW)
Kate is Manager, Information, at the Office of Finance and Services. She has previously worked for many other State Government agencies, including; Department of Information, Management and Technology, Housing NSW and the NSW Police Service. She was also an archivist at the Noel Butlin Archives Centre at ANU. In 2001, Kate conceptualised and designed the first information directory (Green Pages) for NSW. In 2009, she developed the first state-level data catalogue (data.nsw), and led a program of citizen / developer events around building apps using NSW Government data, for which she won the Premier’s Public Sector Award for ‘Innovation Through Technology’ in 2011. Kate’s Honors dissertation was a study of the Menzies’ Governments attempt to break the Waterside Workers Federation and her PhD analyses the effectiveness of ICT policy implementation on public sector operations.


Dr Ian Johnson BA Hons (Cambridge) DES (Bordeaux) PhD (ANU)
Dr Ian Johnson is a Senior Research Fellow in Archaeology and Director of the Archaeological Computing Laboratory at the University of Sydney. He has worked as Aboriginal Sites Registrar at the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and for the Arkansas Archaeological Survey.
His work focuses on the use of Geographic Information Systems in archaeology and on the delivery of historical information through time-based interactive web maps, map animations and online databases. He is on the Executive of the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative and the International Advisory Board of Internet Archaeology.


Professor Grace Karskens BA MA PhD (Syd)
Grace Karskens is an Associate Professor in the School of History and Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, where she teaches Australian history and public history. A recipient of two ARC Research Fellowships (1995-2000) and a Discovery Grant (2003-2007), her research focuses on social, cultural, urban and environmental history and urban archaeology.
Grace’s books include Inside the Rocks: The Archaeology of a Neighbourhood, the prize-winning The Rocks: Life in Early Sydney, and most recently The Colony: a History of Early Sydney, which won the 2010 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Grace is a Trustee of the New South Wales Historic Houses Trust.


Dr Mark Valentine St Leon BEc (Syd), GCertTQM (CSU), MB (ECU), MAHons (Macq), PhD (Syd), CA, Freelance university lecturer & tutor.
Sydney-born, Mark joined the Board in 2011. He is the author of the Dictionary’s online entry for ‘Circus’. After graduating in economics and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Mark spent two years (1978-80) in Switzerland with accounting firm Price Waterhouse. Recognising the need for Australia to express its identity on the world stage, he spent 11 years (1983-94) with the Australia Council raising financial and funding standards throughout the arts industry. Out of hours, he served as a founding director of the Swiss-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (1986-92). In 2007, he was awarded a PhD by the University of Sydney for his thesis on the history of circus in Australia. This was adapted for general readership and published as Circus: The Australian Story (Melbourne Books, 2011).


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