Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland War Memorial Museum today announced the appointment of Professor Richard Bedford to its Trust Board, succeeding outgoing Trust Board Member and Deputy Chair Brian Corban. Professor Bedford will join the Board in October.

Professor Bedford QSO, FRSNZ has had a distinguished academic career for which he holds titles as Emeritus Professor at the University of Waikato and the Auckland University of Technology.  He has recently completed a three-year term as of President of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.

With wide-ranging experience chairing national governance groups and funding assessment panels, Professor Bedford’s expertise will enhance the Board’s connections with the tertiary research sector and new research funding streams.

“Auckland Museum is an iconic institution, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to help continue its legacy particularly in the research sector and through its partnership arrangements,” says Professor Bedford.

“The Museum can rightfully claim its place as a museum of international significance, and that role is something I hope to work with the Board to leverage and, in turn, to drive Auckland Museum’s strategy to become increasingly self-sustaining in terms of its finances.”

Auckland Museum Trust Board Chair, Orchid Atimalala says Professor Bedford’s acumen in the demographic changes of major cities will be of benefit to the Board as the Museum continues to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse Auckland population.

“Richard has built an exceptional career as a noted population geographer researching population movement and evolving demographics across Asia-Pacific,” says Ms Atimalala. 

“Auckland is the fourth most diverse city in the world, with 220 recorded ethnic groups and more than a third of its residents having immigrated to the region.  As Auckland’s cultural make up continues to change, our strategy will see Auckland’s Museum shift and change alongside it to ensure we reflect the city’s rich, multi-cultural heritage and future.”

“Along with his capability in advisory and governance roles, Richard’s experience gives the Museum an excellent sounding board to help guide and develop our strategy to be a place for all Aucklanders to see themselves reflected, and one that promotes Auckland’s cultural uniqueness to the world.”

Brian Corban CNZM, QSO has served on the Auckland Museum Trust Board since 2012, most recently as Deputy Chair, and brought significant governance experience, including as former Chair of Genesis Power and Radio New Zealand. Brian is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management.

Recently appointed as Deputy Chair of Kiwirail and joining the Board of Foundation North, Mr Corban steps down from the Auckland Museum Trust Board to focus on these significant positions.

Ms Atimalala says Mr Corban has provided exemplary service and stewardship to the Museum.

“Brian has been a tireless advocate for the Museum throughout his tenure on the Auckland Museum Trust Board. His keen insight into our sector and his leadership as a mentor to many of our Board members will be missed enormously,” Ms Atimalala says.

The Auckland Museum Trust Board will elect a new Deputy Chair in October.

The Auckland Museum Trust Board is a ten member Board, with five members appointed by Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA), four by Auckland Museum Institute (AMI) and one by Taumata-ā-Iwi.