About the Foundation

The Sydney Living Museums Foundation, supports and assists the Board of Trustees by encouraging philanthropic support and interest in the work of Sydney Living Museums.

With a portfolio of 12 properties, including UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks and The Mint, philanthropy is essential to ensure we continue to care and preserve our unique sites for future generations.

Our cultural institutions are our societies' collective memory banks, and supporting them in this era of rapid change is more important than ever before.

Edward Simpson
SLM supporter

Foundation Board of Directors

Susannah Sweeney (Foundation Board Chair)

Member of the Foundation since 2016, Susannah is passionate about architecture, heritage and design. Principal of Fourfold Design, Susannah also has a Master of Architecture focused on Sustainable Architecture from the University of Sydney. Susannah brings a wealth of knowledge and a clear passion for the work of SLM, and generously shares her expertise and knowledge with SLM supporters.

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Naseema Sparks AM

Naseema Sparks is an experienced company director and serves on a number of ASX-listed, advisory boards as well as Government regulatory bodies. Naseema is a ‘top line growth’ director: She has a deep understanding of consumers and hands-on management and operational experience in organisations where the main driver of growth and differentiation is innovation and human capital. Naseema was appointed a trustee in April 2014 and Chair of the SLM Board of Trustees in January 2019, and is now also a Foundation Director.

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Chris McDiven AM

Chris is a primary school teacher and small business owner by background and has served as a director of several not-for-profit organisations. Currently she is the Chairman of Together for Humanity and involved with the Rotary Club of Sydney and their projects. Previously she was the Chairman of the Schizophrenia Research Institute and President of the Kambala School Council. Chris was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 2011 for service to the Liberal Party and the community through education and women’s organisations. Chris was appointed as a trustee in January 2018 and is now also a Foundation Director.

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Josh Black

Appointed in December 2018, Josh Black is a passionate advocate for heritage conservation. Josh has over 20 years’ experience in construction and property development, underpinned by a background in architecture. Josh is the General Manager of CJ Duncan, joining the company in 2010 following several years with Lend Lease and Kell & Rigby. His experience in the corporate sector brings new networks and fresh ideas for our corporate partnerships and sponsorships. 

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Bruce Hambrett

Appointed in May 2019, Bruce Hambrett has been involved with Sydney Living Museums for a number of years, initially as an adviser, before serving as a trustee for almost nine years, until 2012. Bruce has been a lawyer for more than 30 years and a partner at Baker McKenzie, one of the world’s largest law firms, for the last 15 years. He has extensive experience in business, management and the law. In addition to a passion for history and heritage conservation, Bruce has a deep interest in the arts, architecture and design.

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Adam Lindsay

Adam Lindsay joined NSW State Archives and Records (SARA) in April 2017, becoming Executive Director in August 2018. From 1 July 2019, Adam also began leading Sydney Living Museums (SLM) as its Executive Director, signalling the start of a very exciting partnership, one that has enormous potential for both institutions. Two of the country’s leading history and heritage organisations working closely together creates limitless opportunities. The State Archives Collection and the 12 important sites, and associated collections, managed by SLM make up a formidable portfolio of assets, with which we can tell many stories and engage people across the state, the nation and the globe. In addition to his role as Executive Director, Adam will serve as a Director for the SLM Foundation.

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Why do we need philanthropic support?

Sydney Living Museums is the State’s most active and experienced heritage institution and the Foundation plays a crucial role in helping SLM to engage with those who have a passion for the outstanding work done by SLM in maintaining, interpreting and managing NSW heritage sites.

Donations and financial gifts help us to invest in our 12 historic houses and museums, grow our collections and preserve the heritage and history of colonial Australia.  Sydney Living Museums connects our past, present and future through our historic and heritage houses and museums, not only showcasing an historic sense of place, but being part of a contemporary and vibrant future. 

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The Sydney Living Museums Foundation is a public company that administers a public ancillary fund with deductible gift recipient status (Item 2) and charitable tax concessions (GST and Income Tax Exempt).

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Individual donations are crucial to the future growth and preservation of our unique portfolio of 12 historic houses and museums.

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Join the Heritage Housekeepers

Donations of $1000 help us to carry out vital heritage conservation work on our 12 sites.

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Join the Governors’ Circle

Gifts of $5000 or more will make a positive and significant impact on the future of our 12 historic sites.

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Become a Custodian

Gifts of $10,000 or more will make a powerful impact on a focus area of your choice.

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Contact us

To discuss donating a major gift and/or leaving a gift in your Will, please contact:

Philanthropy & Corporate Partnerships
T: 02 8239 2273
E: foundation@slm.com.au

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