- Fundraising Manager, National Gallery of Victoria
- "In my interview for the MBA, we discussed how the course would challenge me on both professional and personal fronts. Two years later I wasn’t prepared for how powerful and profound the results would be."
The Monash MBA has been a comprehensive personal and professional journey for Humphrey Clegg.
Humphrey has over fifteen years’ experience in the arts, starting his career with the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne as a curator leading major Australian art exhibitions. Over time, the sector has gone through significant change and some challenging times. As arts organisations are required to become more professional and often corporate to survive, Humphrey realised there was a need for new and dynamic ways of thinking.
A placement in the Fundraising Department gave him an insight into the value of the non-curatorial sides of the NGV and set him on a different path. He soon progressed to the position of Senior Fundraising Officer, and in 2016 he joined the Monash MBA.
The MBA has transformed how Humphrey approaches organisational relationships and how he operates in a professional environment.
“There is nothing quite like being in an MBA classroom, surrounded by people from all walks of life who share a very particular mindset and strive for knowledge and results. It had a transformative effect on me,” he said.
Not only has the Monash MBA given Humphrey concepts and frameworks to understand what happens in an organisational context, it has also given him the confidence to talk with key stakeholders about where he could add value.
An early conversation with the Monash MBA careers team also encouraged Humphrey to develop a framework for assessing opportunities and building his career. Humphrey says the strongest outcome of this approach has been to affirm the exciting opportunities to grow with his current employer, which has given him renewed passion for the NGV.
Through this process, Humphrey also identified his next challenge as gaining experience in managing people and the Gallery was supportive of this goal. He is now the Fundraising Manager and works with his team to achieve the Gallery’s ambitious objectives. He is passionate about what drives people and helping them to develop their careers to ensure that the arts can continue to enrich our lives.
“In my interview for the MBA, we discussed how the course would challenge me on both professional and personal fronts. Two years later I wasn’t prepared for how powerful and profound the results would be.”