About the Foundation
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.
SLM Foundation Chair
Edward Simpson (Chair)
Reformed lawyer, actor, pianist, and investor
Edward Simpson (BA, LLB Syd Uni) has been an active member of the Sydney Living Museums Foundation since 2008, firstly as a committee member and now as Chair.
A trained lawyer, Edward has also worked professionally as an actor and musician, occasional film producer, and now investor. With his three siblings, Edward donated his mother, Caroline Simpson’s remarkable collection of early Australiana to Sydney Living Museums in 2005.
This generous gift has served as the cornerstone for establishing Australia’s leading interiors and gardens library and is named the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, in her memory, recognising the importance of the gift by her children.
Edward shares his passion for the preservation, conservation, curation and dissemination of Australia’s cultural history and heritage, through his role as Chair of Foundation, A strong advocate for Sydney Living Museums, Edward proudly works with donors and partners to educate, share and promote the important work of Sydney Living Museums.
Michael Rose, AM
Lawyer and the former Chief Executive Partner of Allens
Michael is a lawyer by background and the Chairman of a number of government, arts and not-for-profit organisations including the Committee for Sydney and ChildFund Alliance. He is active in Indigenous affairs, being a member of the Referendum Council on Constitutional Recognition and a Board member of various organisations focused on welfare reform, economic development and education in Indigenous communities. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Principal of Fourfold Design
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.
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.
Her expertise includes retail, online commerce, media & marketing, technology services and manufacturing. Naseema’s executive career was as Managing Director of global communications company M&C Saatchi and she holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School. Naseema was appointed a trustee in April 2014 and Chair of the SLM Board of Trustees in January 2019.
Foundation Emeritus Council
Company director, Beat Knoblauch & Associates
Clive Lucas OBE
Heritage architect & director, Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners
Prof Howard Tanner
Architect and director, Tanner Architects
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.
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).
How can you support us?
Donate online today
By supporting Sydney Living Museums Foundation, you are helping us to preserve a unique portfolio of 12 historic houses and museums.
Join the Heritage Housekeepers
Gifts of $1000 will help us to carry out vital heritage conservation work on our 12 sites.
Become a member of the Governors’ Circle
Gifts of $5000 or more are acknowledged with membership to the Governors’ Circle and deeper engagement with our work.
Leave a legacy
Your bequest is a legacy for future generations and ensures integrity, authenticity and longevity in the work that we do.
We are happy to discuss your ideas, feedback and thoughts on fundraising campaigns. If you would like to have a confidential discussion, please contact:
Head of Development and Fundraising
P: + 612 8239 2433
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