As a statutory authority, the History Trust of South Australia reports to Parliament and our Board of Trustees are accountable through the Minister for Education.

Trustees at work


Elizabeth Ho OAM is Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. She has held a number of senior positions in the public and higher education sectors and has considerable experience in community engagement, governance, marketing and sponsorship, strategic planning, public programs, and cultural diversity policy. She has other governance roles and has served on state and national boards. Currently, she is Chair of the Migration Museum Foundation, Deputy Chair Australian Migrant Resource Centre and a Board Member, Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Andrew Steiner Education Centre. Elizabeth is a Fellow of both the University of SA and the Institute of Public Administration Australia. She was a member of the State Heritage Authority. She directed heritage and cultural services at the State Library of SA before becoming Director of UniSA’s Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre (1999-2014). Awarded an OAM for services to education and women in 2012, she is listed on the SA Women’s Honour Roll for her contribution to state advancement. She has co-authored with celebrated chef Cheong Liew OAM on Australian – Asian food culture, and has made professional contributions to literature dealing with SA history and other fields of public interest.

Alan Reid is Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of South Australia where he has held a number of positions including Director of Research Centres, Dean of Education and Professor of Education. He publishes widely in such areas as curriculum, education policy, and the history and politics of public education, and gives many invited keynotes and talks. He has been a key figure in some significant policy developments at the state and national levels. Alan’s contributions to education have been recognised through a number of awards at state and national levels, including the Gold Medal of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL), the Alby Jones Award, and the Mackillop Medal (ACE). In 2012 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM); and in 2017 he was named as one of four finalists for South Australian of the Year.

Eva Balan-Vnuk is the granddaughter of migrants, and holds the position of Executive Director, Government Chief Information Office – Office of the Chief Information Officer. She is passionate about technology as an enabler for greater engagement, productivity, collaboration and creativity. Eva has a PhD in innovation and entrepreneurship from the University of Adelaide, and is Director of Novita Children’s Services.

Vesna Drapac is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Adelaide. She is a graduate of the University of Adelaide (BA and BA Hons) and holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Her research and publications are in the areas of modern European history and Australian immigration. Vesna has had extensive experience working with migrant community organisations in South Australia and nationally.  She is particularly interested in multicultural practice in education, in cultural institutions, and in broadcasting.  Vesna is a past member of the SA Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission and she was a member of the Council of Aquinas College for several years.

Michael Neale is Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Literally Brilliant, a strategic marketing consultancy company. Prior to this he had a distinguished career in corporate marketing in Australia and the UK. He holds a Masters of Business by research, is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute and is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. He chairs a number of Global Advisory Boards for a diverse range of client companies. In 2016, he became Chair of the Bay to Birdwood, one of the world’s great historic motoring events, held annually in South Australia.

Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges and the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Cultural Material at the South Australian Museum. An international award winning author, his titles include The Game Day series with Patty Mills, Dallas Davis, the Scientist and the City Kids for children, and Sweet Guy, Calypso Summer and Songs That Sound Like Blood for young adults. Jared’s writing explores the power of belonging and culture.

Jared has worked as a University of South Australia Communications lecturer with a specialisation in protocols for art and creative production that involved Aboriginal people and culture, and Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Culture, Arts SA. He currently serves on the Australia Council for the Arts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy Panel. Jared is an Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Jared’s pursuits through the South Australian Museum explore new methodologies and models for engaging Aboriginal people and communities in the telling of their stories and the custodianship of their material culture.

Carolyn Grantskalns has worked in school education in a variety of roles including 23 years as a school principal. She graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History and English and taught History for more than 40 years at a secondary school level. She is an experienced board member having served on the Boards of the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia, St Ann’s College, the teacher credit union, SATISFAC, the Education Standards Board of South Australia, ACARA, the Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia, the Association of Heads of Independent Schools, of which she is an honorary life member, Independent Schools Australia and Girls Sport Victoria. She is currently the Deputy Presiding Member of the Teacher Registration Board of SA. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.

A passionate advocate for 20th century art, architecture and history, David is President of the Adelaide Chapter of the Art Deco & Modernism Society of Australia, and a member of Uni SA’s Architecture Museum Advisory Board. He resides in a State Heritage listed Art Deco home in Prospect, where he served for nearly 20 years in local government, including 16 years as Mayor.

David is currently a member of the State Planning Commission, the Renewal SA board, and Chair of the Local Government Procurement Board and The Cottage Homes Inc Board. His breadth of governance experience across 40 years spans education, housing, finance, construction, reconciliation and community service. In parallel he was a practitioner in private and public sector construction and development sectors across South Australia. David’s nearly 20 years’ experience in Local Government included serving as a Councillor, Mayor, member of the state board for 14 years, as State President and as President of the Australian Local Government Association where he served on COAG and numerous national Ministerial Councils.

David studied architecture at Adelaide University, before graduating in Project Management at Uni SA. He is also a graduate of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation and the AICD’s Essential Director and Director Update courses.