Meet our newly established Board for State Records Authority NSW. 

The Board members bring a diverse range of expertise and experience in history, use of State records, First Nations cultures and more.

Dr Brian Lindsay, Board Chair

Dr Brian Lindsay

Dr Lindsay holds a PhD in History from the University of New South Wales and has varied professional experience in both the history and public sectors. Dr Lindsay is currently a professional researcher and author and has expressed his interest in continuing as a member and Chairperson of the Board. Dr Lindsay is Council Member of the NSW Heritage Council.
Ms Amy Beaumont, General Counsel at Port Authority of New South Wales

Amy Beaumont

Executive in a highly regarded state owned corporation with extensive experience in risk management developed from the delivery and management of diverse legal services in Australia and internationally within corporate and NSW Government. 

Dr Naomi Parry Duncan

Dr Naomi Parry Duncan

Naomi Parry Duncan is a social historian and heritage consultant. Her PhD was written from State Records in NSW and Tasmania and examined the experiences of the Stolen Generations and non-Indigenous children in government welfare systems. She was the NSW Historian on the Find & Connect web resource, working with stakeholders to improve access to both State Records and the archives of charities. She also worked on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Dictionary of Sydney and lectured in family history at the University of Tasmania. She is a Member of the Professional Historians Association of NSW/ACT, the History Council of NSW and the Australian Historical Association.

Dr Elizabeth McEntyre

Dr Elizbeth McEntyre

Dr Elizabeth McEntyre is a Worimi and Wonnarua Woman Elder belonging to Lands and Waters spanning Port Stephens, the Great Myall Lakes, the Barrington Tops, and the Hunter Valley in NSW. Dr McEntyre is an accredited mental health social worker in disability and justice with a doctorate in social work and criminology. She is the Aboriginal Official Visitor of prisons state-wide with the NSW Inspector of Custodial Services, and a member of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal conducting civil and forensic hearings. In addition to this work, Elizabeth is a Board Member of Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council (covering Maitland and Lower Hunter Valley) and Hunter Local Land Services (covering Lower and Upper Hunter Valleys, Mid North Coast, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle areas)and a Board Director of Indigenous Allied Health Australia and Life Without Barriers.

Dr McEntyre is an appointed member of the NSW Aboriginal Fishing Trust Expenditure Committee, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Hunter Central Coast Regional Advisory Committee, and Port Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Community Advisory Council and Culturally Safe Notifications Working Group, the Aged Care Standards Clinical Expert Working Group for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, and the Department of Health and Aged Care Quality Aged Care Consumer Reference Group.

As an Aboriginal-Led research consultant, Elizabeth advises several professional associations, service providers, Universities and consultative groups including the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), Greening Australia, University of Sydney, and University of NSW.

Mary Darwell, Museums of History NSW CEO

Mary Darwell

In 2022, changes to the State Records Act 1998 were made, which created a State Records Authority NSW Board position to be filled by the Museums of History NSW (MHNSW) CEO.

Mary joined Museums of History NSW as Chief Executive Officer in June 2023. Mary brings over 30 years’ experience across the public and private sectors to her current role and has previously led the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and Arts NSW. Mary has most recently been heading State Records NSW as Executive Director to support transparent and accountable government.

Mary has served in a number of non-executive director positions on cultural organisation Boards, including with the Sydney Festival and Carriageworks and holds an LLM, LLB and BA (Hons).

Functions of the Board 

Under the State Records Act 1998, the Board is an advisory board with the following functions:  

  • to determine the policies and strategic plans of State Records NSW  

  • to grant approvals for the purposes of sections 13 (Standards and codes of best practice for records management) and 21 (Protection measures) of the Act.  

Board charter  

Schedule 2 of the Act lists the provisions relating to the constitution and procedure of the Board.  

Part 7 of the Act deals with the Board as follows:  

  • Section 69 Establishment of Board  
  • Section 70 Functions of the Board 
  • Section 71 Director may attend meetings of Board  

Board appointments  

Members appointed to the Board represent parliament, the judiciary, state-owned corporations, local government, the private sector, the history profession, recordkeeping and First Nations cultures. Appointment is for a term of up to three years and members may not hold office for more than two consecutive terms.  

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