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  Louise Herron AMLOUISE 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. 

  
 JB ARJONATHAN BIELSKI
Director, Programming  
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.

 
David ClaringboldDAVID CLARINGBOLD
Director, Theatre and Events

Commenced in role March 2012

Role: David is responsible for venue and event sales, technical, recording and broadcast, production management, stage management and safety aspects of event delivery at the house.

Background: David started his career as a freelance music producer and engineer where he worked with artists including The Triffids as well as touring with his own band Red Ochre. After 10 years of freelancing, he joined the Sydney Opera House in 1994 as Technical Operations Manager, Sound AV. During his time at the House, David was responsible for implementing major digital audio and video infrastructure changes to all Sydney Opera House facilities.  In 2005, he was appointed to the audio company Euphonix as European Sales Manager where he was responsible for all sales in continental Europe.  David returned to Sydney Opera House as Technical Director in 2006, then General Manager, Theatre and Events before been appointed to the Executive in the new role of Director, Theatre and Events in 2012.

 

 
  Greg McTaggart Director Building Development and MaintenanceGREG MCTAGGART
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.


 Claire SpencerCLAIRE SPENCER
Chief Operating Officer
Commenced in role October 2010
 

Role: Claire is responsible for Precinct Businesses (Food and Beverage, Tours and Retail), Finance, Information Systems, People and Culture, Legal and Strategy and Risk Management.

Qualifications: BA Hons (Cantab), ACA (ICAEW)

Background: Claire joined Sydney Opera House in January 2003. During her 11 years at the House Claire has undertaken a broad range of roles across Finance, Information Systems, Projects, People and Culture and Commercial Operations.  Her contributions range from major system replacements, food and beverage tenders, financial process redesign, financial management, relationship management and commercial leadership.

Previously Claire has worked at Ernst and Young (London) and Cable and Wireless (London and Sydney).

She is married with 3 young children.

Other Directorships: Tessitura Network Board (Member)
 
 Anna_Reid_98x125ANNA REID

Director, Marketing
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.  

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.   
 
 Brook_Turner_98x125BROOK TURNER

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.

  

 

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