Our staff
Meet the dedicated Western Australian branch team

Claire Savage

Acting Executive Director

Claire Savage is the founder and managing director of Savagely Creative, a boutique experience development consultancy based in Western Australia. Claire has over 27 years of professional experience in the tourism and natural and cultural heritage sectors. Claire has worked in tourism in the UK and Australia. Her key areas of expertise are interpretation planning, product and experience development, destination development and marketing, food and wine tourism, natural area tourism, interpretation planning and community consultation. Her passion is the creation of memorable experiences.

Claire has worked on numerous projects including strategy development and implementation, product development and testing, business planning, experience reviews, interpretation planning and destination marketing. Claire’s unique skill set allows her to see each project from multiple points of view helping to create experiences that engage the visitor whilst meeting the needs of the business. Claire is a consultant, speaker and trainer and works across Australia.

Sarah Cole

Training Officer - Collections WA

Sarah is passionate about stories. She has previously worked in programs, collections, and digitisation at the National Maritime Museum, WA Museum, and Perth History Centre, but she also has a soft spot for community museums and local historical societies.

Sarah has a Master of Museums and Heritage Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Education, and a BA in Cultural Studies and Writing. In addition to the Training Officer role at AMaGA Western Australia, she performs a program facilitator role at WA Museum Boola Bardip. She is professionally interested in new engagement methods, so she is thrilled to be working on a state-wide digital collections database for the public. In her spare time she writes a nerdy blog and researches a book about the colonial life of her ancestors.

Contact Sarah with questions around cataloguing and caring for your collection, as well as any queries about Collections WA.

Sam Beard

Events and Professional Development Officer

Sam is a passionate advocate for the arts. With a background in design, marketing and branding, Sam has applied his experience to his work in the GLAM sector. He brings to AMaGA Western Australia a strong knowledge of digital marketing, Australian art history, branding and communications.

Having lived in the South West of WA, Sam has a deep appreciation for what art and culture can bring to regional and rural areas. Sam has worked and collaborated with various museums and galleries across the South West. He has worked with the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery for the past three years on marketing and exhibitions. Sam has coordinated touring exhibitions, has experience in grant writing and project planning. Sam holds a Graduate Diploma in Art History from the University of Western Australia, along with undergraduate studies in visual art, marketing and design from Edith Cowan University.

Contact Sam about events, professional development, and the diverse services AMaGA WA provide.

Natalie Evans

Executive Director

Natalie has enjoyed 10 years experience in the Perth cultural sector as a museum consultant and curator. She has worked at local, state and international government levels as well as working with independent organisations and local communities.

Natalie studied Cultural Heritage & History at Curtin University, and has never stopped seeking opportunities to learn, build networks and creatively share stories. She has recently returned from working in the UK, for the Collections Trust, where she contributed to the development of the UK Museum Documentation Standard SPECTRUM and delivered training on digital collections management.

Natalie brings new experiences to AMaGA and is committed to building skills in the sector, helping museums deliver sustainable collections and help connect museums, partners, communities and the wider public in ways that celebrate culture and collections in engaging and innovative ways.

Natalie  is currently on maternity leave but will be returning in the new year.

Julie Lunn

Special Projects Officer - Collections WA

Julie has worked as a historian on commissioned histories, Municipal Heritage Inventories and academic research projects. Additionally, she has worked as a Heritage Collection Officer for the St John of God Health Care group. She studied history at Murdoch University completing her Honours thesis on “Unemployed Protests in Central Perth 1928 – 1934: Analysing Place and Occasion.” Her area of interest is Western Australian history, with a focus on World War One, Anzac Day and the interwar period.

From her role working with Postgrad students as Research Culture Officer at Curtin University, she brings to AMaGA Western Australia eight years’ experience of running workshops and a genuine love of helping people. In her spare time Julie enjoys road tripping around our wonderful state with camera in hand.

Contact Julie about Collections WA and promoting your digital collection.