Carolyn Forster has been a member of the Canberra Committee of CMRI since 1973, serving three times as President and twice as Treasurer. She worked in the Federal Parliament for 11 years, in the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Ministry. Mrs Forster chaired the ACT Heritage Festival for 11 years, chaired the Board of Phillip College and was a former President of the Women’s International Club ACT. She served as President of the Friends of the National Museum of Australia (NMA) for 10 years. She is currently President of the World Federation of Friends of Museums; a Council Member of The Australiana Fund and Chair of The Church of St. Andrew Conservation and Restoration Foundation. She received an ACT Women’s Award in 1996, a Centenary Medal in 2003, and awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2006.
Mrs Forster joined the Board in 1996 and was elected Vice-President in 2000. She serves on the Institute’s Finance and Investment Committee, Audit and Risk Committee, Nominations and Remuneration Committee, and is also Co-Chair of the Institute’s Fundraising and Marketing Committee.