Board and Staff

BMI Board Members

The Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute is a not for profit organisation, with a Board comprising of community members, usually for a period of three years, with the option of applying for reappointment. A position on the Board is voluntary, with members receiving no remuneration. The Board is responsible for governance and, within its financial limitations, has developed a strategic direction for the management of the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute.

Institute Patrons

The Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute nominates and invites people within the community to become a patron of the organisation. These patrons change regularly, and include the ‘Mayor-of-the-day’ and any other notable people who have contributed to the Institute or wider community.


President Mike Stephens
Vice President
Secretary Ross Furness
Board Member Jane Valpied
Board Member Paula Nicholson
Board Member Malcolm Roberts
Board Member Cathy Drake
Organisation Staff
Executive Manager Colin Jackson OAM
Venue and Events Manager Sam McColl
Library Services Rosemary McInerney
Cultural Development & Services Manager Mark Potter
Arts & Events Officer Katrina Hill
Event Support Officer Tim Constantine
Curator Ellen Becker
Finance Officer Kevin Murnane
Volunteering Coordinator Marilyn Furness (volunteer)

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