Sydney Opera House Welcomes Our New CEO Louise Herron
Today Sydney Opera House welcomes Louise Herron as its new Chief Executive.
When Louise Herron's appointment as CEO was announced on 29 June this year, Trust Chairman Kim Williams noted that she would bring significant and diverse business experience to the role, her skills perfectly complementing the existing Executive team.
At the time Louise said,Sydney Opera House has built an enviable reputation as a cultural and tourism destination. I will be working to continue to improve Sydney Opera House, both as a building and for the experiences it offers, particularly at this time when new attendances are increasing dramatically.
Sydney Opera House Executive Producer Jonathan Bielski has been acting in the CEO role since late February this year. Jonathan returns to the role of Executive Producer at the House from today.
Louise is the first woman appointed to the position of Chief Executive of Sydney Opera House since it opened in 1973 (Sydney Opera House Trustee Sue Nattrass was acting CEO for several months in 2007).
Louise Herron was appointed Chair of the Australia Council's Major Performing Arts Board in June 2011. She was Chair of Belvoir Street Theatre from 2002 to 2011. During that time, the Belvoir Board oversaw the redevelopment of the theatre, acquisition and renovation of a warehouse to house administration and rehearsals for Belvoir's upstairs and downstairs theatres.
Louise co-founded and is an Executive Director of Ironbark Corporate Advisory, a boutique corporate advisory firm specialising in restructures, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Previously Louise consulted to Carnegie Wylie and Investec Bank Australia. Louise started her professional career as a lawyer and was a partner at Minter Ellison specialising in corporate and technology related transactions.
Louise is also a Trustee of Sydney Grammar School and Director of Australian Ethical Investments Limited and while Chair of Belvoir, served two terms as a director of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG).
Louise has now relinquished all her current roles while remaining a Trustee of Sydney Grammar School.