Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC
Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC is the 39th Governor of New South Wales. Prior to her appointment as Governor, Her Excellency enjoyed a long and distinguished law career spanning 43 years, during which time she served as a role model for women in law at both the state and national level.
In 1993 she was made a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, becoming the first woman to sit exclusively in that Court. In 1996, she became the first woman appointed to the NSW Court of Appeal; later becoming first woman to be appointed its President.
Her Excellency holds a deep commitment to education, youth leadership, human rights and social justice. She is a recipient of the Companion in the Order of Australia — the nation’s highest honour.
‘I’m excited to see this incredible cultural icon re-imagined for Western Sydney and New South Wales. It will be the Smithsonian of the Asia-Pacific, creating world-class experiences accessible to our young people and the wider community.
The Powerhouse Parramatta will play a vital role in shaping our future as Australia’s leading museum of science and technology.’
Ita Buttrose AC, OBE
Ita Buttrose AC, OBE is currently Chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. During a distinguished media career across print, radio and television has held senior executive roles, run her own media company, and written 11 books.
A highly experienced non-executive director, Ita previously served on the boards of Australian Consolidated Press, News Corp Australia, Network TEN and is a former President of Chief Executive Women. She also currently serves as Patron for Dementia Australia and the Macular Disease Foundation, is Emeritus Director of Arthritis Australia and sits on the Sydney Symphony council.
She is the recipient of three Honorary Doctorates and numerous other awards including a Companion in the Order of Australia — the country’s highest honour — in recognition of her significant contribution to the arts and public health in Australia.
‘I am honoured to have been asked to become a Patron of the Powerhouse Museum. Its distinctive architecture and commitment to the future through arts, culture, technology, innovation and research, will establish this exciting flagship museum as a global landmark.’
Professor Peter Shergold AC
Professor Peter Shergold AC is the Chancellor of Western Sydney University, NSW Coordinator General of Settlement and Chair of the NSW Education Standards Authority. Peter is also presently Chair of Opal HealthCare, Joblife Employment, the Centre for Social Impact, the AMP Foundation and the Crescent Institute.
He previously had a highly distinguished career over 20 years in the Australian Public Service, culminating with five years as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet — the nation’s most senior public servant.
Over his career, he has led numerous committees and is a former Chair of the Forum on Western Sydney Airport. Peter is the recipient of many awards including a Companion in the Order of Australia — the country’s highest honour.
‘I am tremendously excited about the contribution that Powerhouse Parramatta can make to the educational and cultural vitality of Western Sydney, and the manner in which it will create a bold new meeting place for public events.’
Professor Michelle Simmons AO
Professor Michelle Simmons AO is the founder of Silicon Quantum Computing, Australia’s first quantum computing company. She is the Director of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at the University of NSW and internationally renowned for creating the field of atomic electronics, pioneering new technologies to build computing devices in silicon at the atomic scale.
In 2018, Professor Simmons was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal Society of London and named Australian of the Year. In 2021, it was announced that she will be awarded the Royal Society’s prestigious Bakerian Medal and Lecture in 2022 for her critical contribution to scientific understanding of nature at the atomic scale.
‘I am delighted to become a patron of Powerhouse Parramatta. I have spent many wonderful hours in the Powerhouse Museum with my family. I know that getting to see the art of what is possible will inspire generations to come.
The opportunities for students to stay at the Museum and immerse themselves in cutting edge technological projects is particularly exciting. Everything about this museum is highly reflective of the Australian spirit and profiles the success we have had in adapting new technologies.’