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2007 Media Release - Richard Evans moves on

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Issued Friday, 14 September 2007 

RICHARD EVANS MOVES ON

Richard Evans announced his resignation from the role of Executive Director of The Australian Ballet, following on from his announcement as the next Chief Executive of the Sydney Opera House.

Richard has served as Executive Director of the company for five years. During this period his many achievements have included re-establishing the company's international touring activity; overseeing expansion of the company's philanthropic giving programme from $600,000 per annum five years ago to $1.7M this year; and significant growth in the Endowment.

He has played an integral part in the development of new education and outreach programmes, and has demonstrated a commitment to taking The Australian Ballet to remote locations including most recently Darwin and Karratha, engaging more people than ever in the art form.

Richard has been Chairman of the Board of Lucy Guerin Inc since May 2006. He was Secretary of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) 2000-2001 and was on the Executive Council of the Australian Entertainment Industry Association 2002-2005.

"I have loved every moment of my time with The Australian Ballet," said Richard Evans in Melbourne this morning. "It is a creative and energetic company with a proud heritage and an exciting future. It has been an honour for me to make a contribution to its success over the past five years."

Chairman of The Australian Ballet board, David Crawford, said " The Australian Ballet has been extremely well served over the past five years with Richard as Executive Director. His drive and enthusiasm, ability to bring about change, and the working relationship with David McAllister as Artistic Director has significantly advanced the development of the Ballet as the premier arts organisation in this country. Richard will be sorely missed and the Board and staff wish him every success in the next phase of his career."

He will continue in his present role until the end of December 2007, commencing with the Sydney Opera House in the New Year.

Artistic Director David McAllister said, “It has been a daily pleasure working with Richard over the last five years and the success the company has achieved during the time is a result of a great working partnership. I look forward to our ongoing relationship as he takes up his new position at the Sydney Opera House, while the company continues to grow and develop on its current path of success.

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