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Sydney Opera House Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer
Commenced in August 2012

In mid-2012 Louise Herron was appointed Sydney Opera House’s seventh CEO and is the first woman to hold the position. 

Trained as a lawyer and corporate advisor, Louise has held senior roles in law, business and the arts. She chaired Belvoir Street Theatre from 2002 to 2012, leading the company through a period of unprecedented change.  This included a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign to upgrade the theatre and buy and renovate new headquarters, together with overseeing a successful transition in terms of Belvoir’s artistic and management positions. Louise retired from Belvoir to chair the Australian Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council (MPAB), which administers government funding of the country’s flagship state and federal theatre, dance and opera companies, a position she left to take up the Opera House appointment.

From 2000 onwards, Louise worked as a corporate advisor in investment banking and private equity at Investec and Carnegie Wylie before co-founding the boutique firm, Ironbark Corporate Advisory, in 2007. For the previous ten years, Louise was a partner of Minter Ellison lawyers, specialising in technology and communications. 

In January this year Louise was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the performing arts through leadership and advisory roles. She is also a Trustee of Sydney Grammar School. 

Educated in Australia and Europe, Louise has a deep love of music and languages and is fluent in French, German and Italian. She is married and has two sons. 


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