LOUISE HERRON AM
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.
Commenced in role October 2010
Role: Jonathan is responsible for the artistic strategy and programming of the Opera House’s creative and entrepreneurial activities under the banner of Sydney Opera House Presents.
Background: Jonathan has been with Sydney Opera House since 2002 in programming and administration roles, with a particular focus on commercial production. He was appointed as executive producer in 2010 and then to his current role as head of the Opera House’s creative division in October 2010. Before joining the Opera House, Jonathan was Group Operations Manager for The Edge in Auckland for four years and before that with Village Force, working at venues including the St James Theatre and in cinema complexes. Jonathan is a member of the Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres, the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association, the executive council of Live Performance Australia, and the Venue Management Association. He is Deputy Chair of the Helpmann Awards theatre nominating panel.
Director, Theatre and Events
Commenced in role March 2012
Role: David is responsible for venue hire and event sales, ticketing, Resident Company and commercial hirer marketing, technical management, recording and broadcast, production management, front of house, stage management, and workplace health and safety..
Background: David started his career as a musician, music producer and engineer. He worked with leading artists, as well as touring with his own band and composing soundtracks for television and film. He joined the Opera House in 1994 as Technical Operations Manager, Sound AV. He oversaw the introduction of digital audio and video infrastructure for all venues, and the creation of a recording studio. In 2004, David joined technology design company Euphonix as its European Sales Manager, servicing the film and broadcast industries.
David returned to Opera House in 2006 as Technical Director. He was promoted to the role of General Manager, Theatre and Events, in 2010 to develop the venue hire part of the business. A renewed focus on key market sectors and relationships delivered significant commercial growth. At the beginning of 2012, David was appointed to the Opera House Executive Team in the new role of Director, Theatre and Events, incorporating health and safety, ticketing and front of house into his portfolio.
Director, Building Development and Maintenance
Appointed in April 2008 – member of Building Committee and Conservation Council
Role: Greg is responsible for maintenance and conservation of the building, major building projects and emergency planning and response.
Qualifications: BE(Hons 1), MEngSc, Grad Dip Mgt, MIEAust, CPEng
Background: Greg joined Sydney Opera House in 2003 and was previously the Project Director of the Building Development Group responsible for the planning and delivery of all major building projects at Sydney Opera House. Greg has been involved in the delivery of public infrastructure and building projects for over 35 years. He has worked on a diverse range of projects including schools and hospitals, water supply and sewerage infrastructure, grain handling facilities and the major sporting venues of ANZ Stadium, Sydney Athletic & Aquatic Centres and the Regatta Centre at Penrith Lakes. Greg was also involved in the planning, construction and operational activities associated with the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Commenced in role September 2013
Role: Anna provides marketing leadership to all key revenue areas of the business and has direct responsibility for digital marketing, data and analytics, brand and creative design. Anna is leading a digital transformation agenda that will enhance the customer experience and widen our audience reach. She is also co-leading Project One Voice, with Director of External Relations Brook Turner, to help define a more unified purpose and direction for the organisation.
Background: Anna is passionate about engaging with people, communities and brands in authentic ways. She has 16 years’ experience as a marketing, category and innovation manager in Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She spent 11 years working with BP in Australia, New York, London and Delhi, including two years as a Global Brand Director. Anna participated in BP’s Global Executive Development Program and spent a year in India leading a renewable energy microfinance program. Prior to joining the Sydney Opera House, she was a General Manager of Marketing & Category at Pacific Brands.
Director, External Relations
Commenced in role January 2013
Role: Brook is responsible for strategic communications, government relations, philanthropy, corporate partners and special events.
Qualifications: BA (Hons)/LLB, University of Sydney
Background: Brook joined the Opera House as head of its new External Relations portfolio in January 2013. He was previously Cultural Editor of The Australian Financial Review newspaper and Contributing Editor to AFR Magazine, of which he had previously been Editor and Managing Editor. He established the magazine’s signature Power, Design and Wealth issues. Brook also created The AFR’s arts round and worked for The Sydney Morning Herald during a 20-year career at Fairfax.