Mr Brian Oldman


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Mr Oldman has held leadership positions in some of London’s most respected cultural and scientific institutions. He has held transformative roles at the British Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Zoological Society of London, and Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Prior to working in the cultural sector Mr Oldman had extensive experience in industry. He held senior positions at Nestle, Quaker Oats Corporation and Kimberly Clark where he was Marketing Manager with responsibility across Europe.

He was appointed as the first Commercial Director at both the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and then at the Zoological Society of London. 

For five years, he was the Managing Director of the British Museum Company.

He has successfully led dynamic programs to increase visitor numbers, through linking collections and research to community programs. This has been achieved by building strong collaborations across institutions and developing significant fundraising and commercial income streams. In addition, Mr Oldman has overseen successful major redevelopment projects.

Mr Oldman commenced at the South Australian Museum on 2 January 2014.

The South Australian Museum now receives around 800,000 visitors a year. It has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Australian Aboriginal material culture in the world and the largest display of Pacific cultural objects in Australia. The Museum is recognised internationally for its considerable collections in biological and earth sciences and is Australia’s leading research museum.

During Mr Oldman’s time at the Museum it has been recognised with various major awards for research, touring exhibitions and cultural tourism.

Professional Associations

Member, Council of Australian Museum Directors