NDF Board

The NDF Board directs and supervises the operations of the National Digital Forum. They meet every two months, with the meeting minutes posted online. You can suggest topics for discussion by contacting us.

Board Members hold a two-year term, with terms staggered so open positions come up every year. Once a year Institutional Members nominate individuals for election, and Individual Members then vote. The Rules of the NDF Incorporated also allow for NDFs founding institutions (Te Papa, National Library of New Zealand, and Archives New Zealand) to each appoint a representative to the Board.

Current board members

Lisa austin

Lisa is Manager Description and Discovery at Archives New Zealand.

Glen Barnes (Treasurer & projects)

Glen is the Founder of My Tours, a mobile application platform for the culture and heritage sector. My Tours has worked with organisations around the world to expand the reach of their content to mobile devices. Glen is passionate about helping cultural organisations both small and large reach the widest possible audience. Although he loves to dabble in code his core strength is bridging the gap between business and tech.

Glen also created the first open data catalogue in New Zealand and has worked with members of the Open Government Information and Data Re-use Working Group to help shape open data policy.

Along with his work on My Tours, Glen is a DigitalNZ Advisory Panel member, is on the Program Committee for Museums and the Web Asia, and was the founder of Open.org.nz.

ROWAN CARROLL (Professional development)

Rowan has worked in medium and small museums across New Zealand for more than 20 years and is currently the director of the New Zealand Police Museum. She has introduced digitisation projects to all of the collections she has managed, developing policy that turns the focus on item significance, so that limited resources are maximised and valued access is achieved.

Rowan’s interest is in supporting smaller museums to move into the digital age, selecting solutions that will enhance collection access and engage their audience with their stories. Supporting small museums to understand the importance of open source data, instead of keeping it close and locked-down is a goal – putting it out there to enrich everyone’s lives.

Recently Rowan has worked on the repatriation of the Human Remains in the New Zealand Police Museum’s collection, successfully returning the remains of 37 victims of murder and accident to their families. She has recently curated the exhibition Honouring Women in New Zealand Police, showcasing the influence of Louise Nicholas, Dame Margaret Bazely and Lyn Provost in changing the culture within New Zealand Police over the last decade.  

CHRIS CORMACK (projects - lead)

As a leading developer of the Koha Open Source Library management system for over 16 years, Chris has a sound practical understanding of the intersection between information technology and the GLAM sector. He is a dedicated community builder and is enthusiastic in using Open Source and Open data for the betterment of Te Iwi Māori and the world in general.


Fiona is the Manager of DigitalNZ Services at the National Library of New Zealand. She works with organisations to make their collections discoverable on www.digitalnz.org, assists developers using DigitalNZ's data to make new applications and sites, and spreads the good word about making New Zealand’s digital content easier to find, share and use. 

Fiona co-founded DigitalNZ back in 2008 and her favourite part of the job is collaborating with the huge range content partners from across and beyond the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector. Collaborating to make things better for New Zealanders has been an important theme in her career. Prior to working at DigitalNZ she helped set up and then managed EPIC, the national collaborative purchasing consortium that enables more affordable access to quality electronic resources in libraries.  

Fiona really cares about the power of good metadata and the importance of free and open access to New Zealand’s digital culture and heritage.  She has a particular passion for open licensing and rights and recently co-authored a short history of Open GLAMS in Aotearoa New Zealand in Creative Commons Aotearoa’s, A Quiet Revolution: Growing Creative Commons in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Adrian Kingston (Chair)

Adrian Kingston has worked in the cultural sector for 20 years. He is currently Digital Operations Lead at Te Papa. This role focusses on looking at how to build the right digital experiences for the right audience, in the right way. His time at Te Papa started in Collection Management, but has moved through digitisation, digital access, digital preservation and product management. Prior to Te Papa he has worked at the National Library of New Zealand, the Dowse Art Museum and the Hawke's Bay Cultural Trust (now MTG Hawke's Bay). Adrian has been involved in NDF in some form since 2009, including being Conference Programme Coordinator in 2010. 

Tim Hart

Tim has worked in museums for the past 30 years, in collection management, policy development, project management, information technology, digital media and senior management. He studied architecture and archaeology at Sydney University, graduating in 1987.

He has been involved in many ground breaking new media projects over the past 20 years at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney, Museums Victoria in Melbourne, and has recently joined Auckland War Memorial Museum as Director Public Experience.

Tim is committed to working to ensure that museums continue to adapt and fulfil their potential as leaders of change and not followers. He has been involved with Museums and the Web conference in North America since the 1990s, and a member of the Museums Australia Council and the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association on and off over the past fifteen years.

JOANNA SZCZEPANSKi (professional development - lead)

Joanna is currently the NDF Regional Ambassador for Canterbury and is looking to expand her involvement into a governance and leadership role within NDF. Over the last three years Joanna has developed a network of like-minded GLAM professionals, organising and hosting a well-attended networking and training events in Christchurch. 

Joanna has honed her practical skills through a series of workshops run by the Digital Humanities Department at the University of Canterbury, building on the theoretical base she gained through the Digital Media and Curatorship specialisation as part of her Master’s degree. In her work at Canterbury Museum she has applied her digital skills and knowledge to the collections management of digital objects and projects such as the Canterbury 100 website. Currently the project manager for Canterbury Museum’s collections online, Joanna looks forward to increasing the Museums online profile and facilitating greater access to its world class collection. 

Matthew Tonks (Communications)

Matthew Tonks has been working on digital initiatives at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage since 2010, initially working on websites such as Eventfinda, NZHistory, QuakeStories and the MCH corporate website.

Since 2014, Matthew has been seconded to the WW100 programme – a cross-government group supporting First World War centenary commemorative activities. As Senior Digital Advisor, he is responsible for maintaining and commissioning content for the WW100 and Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War websites, promoting centenary projects through a range of social media channels, and incorporating digital elements into official centenary commemorations.

As a history graduate, Matthew possesses a deep interest and understanding of the content held within the GLAM sector, and is always looking for new ways to share stories from New Zealand’s past with digital audiences. 

Matariki Williams (KaiHautu Māori and conference convenor)

Matariki Williams, from Tūhoe, Te Ati Awa, Ngāti Hauiti, and Ngāti Whakaue, is Curator Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa Tongarewa and the co-founder/editor of  Tusk - Emergent Culture. She is interested in intersections of culture, online expressions of māoritanga and other indigenous peoples, and strengthening the sector for the future. Matariki is an active member of the Kāhui Kaitiaki network for Māori working in the GLAM sector and serves as the Ika Tauhou kaitiaki representative on the Museums Aotearoa board. She has a Masters in Museums and Heritage Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Māori Studies from Victoria University.