Sydney Opera House Appoints New CEO
Friday, June 29, 2012
Posted by: ISPA
ISPA Member Organization, the Sydney Opera House Trust today announced that Louise Herron has been appointed Chief Executive, Sydney Opera House commencing 6 August 2012.
Louise has been Chair of the Australia Council’s Major Performing
Arts Board since June last year and chaired Belvoir St Theatre for ten
years. Her background is in law and corporate advice.
Trust Chairman, Kim Williams, congratulated Louise on her
appointment, which followed an extensive local and international
recruitment process by executive search firm Russell Reynolds
"I am delighted to welcome Louise into the role of Chief Executive, Sydney Opera House,” Mr Williams said.
"Louise brings significant and diverse business experience and a
demonstrated passion for, and leadership in, the arts. Her skills will
be a perfect complement to the existing executive team.
"She is well known to our resident companies, through her recent role
as Chair of the Major Performing Arts Board. We couldn’t be more
pleased with this appointment.”
Minister for the Arts, George Souris, also congratulated Louise Herron on her appointment.
"I welcome Louise and look forward to her stewardship of this iconic
building and one of the world’s great institutions, at a time when
Sydney Opera House is more popular than ever,” Mr Souris said.
Commenting on her appointment, Ms Herron said: ‘It is an honour to be
entrusted with running the Sydney Opera House, a building recognised by
UNESCO as a masterpiece of human creative genius.
"Sydney Opera House has built an enviable reputation as a cultural
and tourism destination. We will be working to continue to improve
Sydney Opera House, both as a building and for the experiences it
offers, particularly at this time when new attendances are increasing
Mr Williams added: "Louise understands that Sydney Opera House faces
unique challenges as a high-profile, World Heritage-Listed cultural and
tourism destination with seven venues, ongoing major construction works,
and diverse business streams. I know that she relishes the challenge to
fully realise the opportunities Sydney Opera House presents.
"On behalf of the Trust and all who work at Sydney Opera House, I
would also like to give special thanks to Mr Jonathan Bielski (ISPA
Member) who has acted in the CEO role since late February.
"He has led the many hardworking teams at Sydney Opera House with
dedication and sensitivity. Jonathan will continue to act as CEO until
Ms Herron commences in August then he will return to his significant
role directing all our programming activities as Executive Producer,
Sydney Opera House Presents.”
Ms Herron will be the first woman appointed to the position of Chief
Executive of Sydney Opera House since it opened in 1973 (Sydney Opera
House Trustee Sue Nattrass was acting CEO for several months in 2007).
Louise Herron Biogrpahy:
Louise Herron was
appointed Chair of the Australia Council’s Major Performing Arts Board
in June 2011. She was Chair of Belvoir Street Theatre from 2002 to 2011.
During that time, the Belvoir Board oversaw the redevelopment of the
theatre, acquisition and renovation of a warehouse to house
administration and rehearsals for Belvoir’s upstairs and downstairs
Louise co-founded and is an Executive Director of Ironbark Corporate
Advisory, a boutique corporate advisory firm specialising in
restructures, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions.
Previously Louise consulted to Carnegie Wylie and Investec Bank
Australia. Louise started her professional career as a lawyer and was a
partner at Minter Ellison specialising in corporate and technology
related transactions. Louise is also a Trustee of Sydney Grammar School
and Director of Australian Ethical Investments Limited and while Chair
of Belvoir, served two terms as a director of the Australian Major
Performing Arts Group (AMPAG).
Upon taking up her role as Sydney Opera House CEO, Louise will
relinquish all her current roles but will remain a Trustee of Sydney