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2012 Corporate Media Release - Richard Evans

Media Release
25 January 2012

The Chairman of Sydney Opera House, Mr Kim Williams, today announced the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer, Richard Evans.  After four years at the helm of one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres and Australia’s most iconic destination, Mr Evans has advised he has accepted an offer to take up a new role as Managing Director of BridgeClimb.

Richard Evans joined Sydney Opera House in January 2008 and is credited for leading Sydney Opera House through a period of business transformation. During his time at the House Mr Evans has refreshed the company’s approach to programming to attract new and diverse audiences, and managed a substantial overhaul of the precinct, including the creation of Opera Kitchen.

He has also deepened the company’s relationship with its many key users including its resident companies and commercial hirers, and instigated a major outreach program which sees the House’s content reaching local and global audiences via new education programs, a regional hub and digital content distribution.

Mr Evans and his team have presided over the largest building development project since it opened in 1973, the $152M Vehicle Access and Pedestrian Safety Project (VAPS). Commenced in 2010 and due for completion in 2013, the VAPS project is a significant government investment in one of NSW’s most valued assets.

He leaves the enterprise in a significantly stronger financial position with overall annual commercial revenues increasing by 25 per cent from 2008 until 2011. He has also championed a major restructure of the organisation’s resources as well as other efficiency measures.

Sydney Opera House Trust Chairman, Kim Williams said – “I am sad to see Richard go - he will be missed and will always be remembered for the many positive changes that have taken place under his leadership in the operational settings and operations of the Sydney Opera House Trust. Richard has led our building renewal; a variety of entrepreneurial initiatives; and renewed relationships with the major performing partner companies. During his tenure we have also refreshed our public amenity and our corporate framework and communications in a contemporary fashion. It is a strong track record and one which has united the enterprise as never before. We will build on that exceptional record of achievement as we continue to drive a program of work that makes the SOH fit for purpose long into the 21st century.”

Mr Evans will leave the House on 24 February. He reflects on his time at the House, “The last four years of my life as CEO of this wonderful organisation have been a period of great change and development.  I will treasure the memories of the contribution of the teams of talented staff who come together to make extraordinary things happen, every single day. The role of this remarkable building in this city evolves constantly, and I am very proud to have been a part of making it more central to the lives of more people in Sydney, NSW and around the world.”

During his time at the House Mr Evans will be remembered for refreshing and expanding the House’s own programmed offering, including developing a number of flagship festivals such as The Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Graphic, Spring Dance and in partnership with Destination NSW, Vivid Live. In 2012 the House will offer its first digital education program enabling schools from Australia and all over the world to interact with its creative learning program.

The process between the NSW Government and the Sydney Opera House Trust for the recruitment of a successor for Mr Evans will be announced in due course.


Media Enquiries:
Christopher Wynton, Sydney Opera House
(02) 9250 7836 /


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