Meet MoB: David West
In our series Meet MoB, we go behind the scenes to introduce you to the passionate people who keep Museum of Brisbane ticking. From educators and curators to arts marketers, installers and gallery hosts, meet the diverse team members who help bring our city’s stories to life at the Museum. This week, we’re featuring Operations Manager, David West.
What does a day in the life of the Operations Manager look like?
Operations is responsible for ensuring the smooth and safe running of the Museum, its public and back of house spaces and other off-site facilities. This means everything from ensuring optimal climatic conditions are maintained for our collection items, to ensuring we comply with all relevant legislation, particularly WHS, to maintaining the Museum’s IT infrastructure.
Every day is a different challenge. One day I could be coordinating the logistics of multiple public and private events occurring in the Museum and the next planning the refurbishment of our reception or education facilities. There is a lot of problem solving and thinking on your feet, it’s definitely never boring!
Can you tell us a bit about your personal background, and what led you to your current role at MoB?
Museology was a bit of a career change for me having previously spent time in the military and as an economic statistician. After a reevaluation I chose to follow my love of history and heritage, completing tertiary studies in museums and galleries. I previously spent time working at the Queensland Museum Network and moved to MoB around five years ago, working in front of house and education roles, before ending up in the operations side of the organisation.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
I’m a bit of a Lego tragic, I own far more than a grown man probably should!
What is your favourite artwork currently exhibited at the Museum?
‘Bush tucker’ 2017 by Carol McGregor currently on display in ‘New Woman’. It is a renewal of the practice whereby Indigenous women create possum skin cloaks. Carol made the cloak in collaboration with Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members.
– David West, Operations Manager