Louise commenced as Assistant Director-General Access and Public Engagement at the National Archives of Australia on 8 October 2013.
With 28 years of experience in the museum and heritage sector, Louise has directed regional galleries in Bathurst and Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, and as CEO of Cairns Regional Gallery Ltd, Queensland; she was inaugural curator of programs and collections at Old Parliament House, Canberra; and head curator at the Museum of Sydney, Historic Houses Trust of NSW (now Sydney Living Museums).
In 2007, Louise combined her interests in art history, visual arts and Australian history, society and visual culture, in the role of Assistant Director, Programs and Collections at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. In 2010 she was appointed director of the National Portrait Gallery, leading the gallery through a substantial period of growth and change as it settled into the new award winning purpose built facility on King Edward Terrace, in the Parliamentary Triangle. On 1 July 2013 the National Portrait Gallery became a statutory authority with a governing board, in line with Australia's other national collecting institutions.
Louise has contributed to the ongoing development of the visual arts and museum sector in Australia as a director on the boards of the Regional Galleries Association of New South Wales and Crafts Queensland; as advisory committee member of Canberra Museum and Gallery and director on the board of the Canberra Convention Bureau. She is currently an active member of the University of Queensland Art Museum Engagement Board.
Louise holds a Masters in Art Administration, University of NSW College of Fine Art; a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in fine arts and archaeology from Sydney University; a Graduate Diploma in Education (Visual Art Specialist) and a Graduate Diploma in Gallery Management. In 2010 Louise was one of two Australians selected to participate in the Getty Leadership Institute Program, Claremont Graduate University, held at the JP Getty Museum, Los Angeles.