The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame is managed by an elected committee of eight to twelve members, consisting of the Executive - President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer – and ordinary Committee Members. Committee members use their own individual skills to assist in the day to day running of the museum, future planning and fundraising aspects of the organisation.

COMMITTEE 2017-2018

Executive Committee

President: Julie Ross

Vice-President: Kay Eade 

Treasurer: Julie Ross

Secretary: Patti Martin

Ordinary Committee Members Chris Leahy, Meredith Kattenhorn, Mel Robson, Wendy Collits, Jo Foster, and Liz Marnie. 

Public Officer June Noble

We acknowledge the invaluable help of previous committee members who have assisted in building the organisation. Their commitment is much appreciated.

National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame acknowledges the contribution of the late Telka Williams who passed away in April 2018, as the then Vice President and a long term board member. 


The operations of the museum is the responsibility of the staff, under the leadership of the Business Manager.

Business Manager, Jessica Hacket 

Jessica joined the museum as the Business Manager in March 2018. Jessica has a strong background working in governance and executive level administration and management. Jessica is is responsible for the overall operational and administrative management of the museum, including finances, HR, strategic planning, marketing and event and project management, to ensure the smooth running and ongoing growth and sustainability. 

Jessica can be contacted by emailing: or phoning 08 8952 9006. 

Kathleen Harding,

Administration Assistant

Administration Assistant, Kathleen Harding

Kathleen joined our team in October of 2017 and works 2 days a week. Kathleen has a B.A. degree in Business and has worked in a variety of small retail shops around the world.  Kathleen supports the volunteers for the Old Gaol Shop, coordinates membership, produces the newsletter, and assists with other administration tasks. Kathleen can be contacted via email:

Dianna Newham, 


Curator, Dianna Newham

Dianna Newham has worked as the curator at the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame since April 2013, and is able to continue in this role thanks to annual grants from the Regional Museums Grant Support Program offered by the Northern Territory Government. Dianna completed a Master of Museum Studies at Macquarie University in 2013. Previous to this, with a background in anthropology and sociology, Dianna worked as a staff and consultant anthropologist for Ngaanyatjarra Council, an Aboriginal-controlled organisation in the western desert communities of Western Australia.

Dianna can be contacted via email:

Lynn Day,

Curatorial Assistant

Curatorial Assistant, Lynn Day

Lynn joined the team in August 2016 and works here one day a week. She has lived in Alice Springs since 1993, and took part in the public meetings that helped establish the NPWHF.  After many years as a biologist at universities and in the public service, she now works as a scientific editor and library assistant. Lynn has been a Board member at the Olive Pink Botanic Garden and on the committee at Heritage Alice Springs. Her work at the NPWHF involves adding records to the HerStory Archive and other databases, helping with exhibitions and responding to requests for information from our archives and library.

Affiliations and Supporters

The National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame is a member of the International Association of Women’s Museums and of Museums Australia. We are also a member of Volunteering SA-NTTourism Central Australia and an accredited member of Tourism NT.

Policies and Plans

2018-2020 Strategic Plan

Collection Policy

2016-2017 Annual Report

2017-2018 Annual Report (awaiting audited financials - be to added following special general meeting in February 2019)