MR NICHOLAS MOORE
Joined the Trust in July 2015 - Chair of the
Trust. He is serving his first term to 31 December 2017.
Qualifications: BCom, LLB, FCA
Background: Nicholas was appointed Chief Executive Officer
of Macquarie Group in May 2008. He joined Macquarie in 1986 and led the global
development of its advisory, funds management, financing and securities
businesses. He is now leading the continued global growth of Macquarie Group as
it builds on its financial services strengths.
Other Directorships: Director of Macquarie Group Ltd, Director of Macquarie Bank Ltd.
Government and Community Involvement: Chairman of Screen Australia, Chairman of the
University of NSW Business School Advisory Council and a Director of the Centre
for Independent Studies.
THE HON HELEN COONAN
Joined the Trust 1 January 2012 – Chair of
Conservation Council and Member of Visitor Experience Committee. Helen is currently serving her second term to 31
December 2017. She was acting Chair of the Trust from 1 January to 21 July
Qualifications: BA, LLB
Background: Former Senator in the Australian Parliament
representing NSW from 1996-2011 and Deputy Leader of the Government in the
Senate. Held several Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial portfolios, including
Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer. She has served in Cabinet as the
Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. Helen was
previously Chair of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, Chair of the Law
Foundation and a Director of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation. Prior to
entering Parliament, Helen worked as a lawyer and mediator in Australia and New
Other Directorships: Crown Resorts Limited
(Non-Executive Director); Snowy Hydro Limited (Non-Executive Director); Aon Risk Services Australia Ltd (Board of Advice); Snowy Retail (Red
Energy; Lumo companies) (Chair); GRACosway (Co-Chair and Non-Executive
Director); J.P. Morgan Advisory Council (Member).
Government and Community Involvement: Sydney Harbour
Foreshore Authority (Chair); Crown Resorts Foundation
(Chair); Obesity Australia Limited (Non-Executive Director); Stone & Chalk (Mentor); and Chief Executive Women (Member).
MR MATTHEW FULLER
the Trust in January 2016 – Chair of Visitor Experience Committee and Member of
Building and Heritage Committee. He is serving his first term to 31 December
Qualifications: GAICD, FWCMT
Background: Matthew is the Director of the Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo,
Regional NSW’s largest tourist attraction, and one that shares several key
priorities with the Opera House including:
destination development and visitor experience, renewal and investment in a NSW
public attraction, work health and safety, along with tourism. Matthew has an
extensive career in tourism, hospitality and leisure related business, both
public and privately owned and has led operations to multiple State and National awards. In 2011 Matthew was
awarded as a Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
Government and Community Involvement: Senior Executive Member of Taronga Conservation Society Australia,
Tourism Industry Representative of Dubbo City Council Economic Development
Committee, NSW Selection Panellist - Land Commerce and Logistics, Winston
Churchill Memorial Trust.
MS BRENNA HOBSON
Joined the Trust in
January 2014 - Member of Audit and Risk Committee. She is currently serving her
second term to 31 December 2019.
Qualifications: MM (Arts Administration)
Background: Brenna’s career in theatre management and production began in 1994.
Since then she has been Production Coordinator and Production Manager at
Belvoir, Production Manager at Bangarra Dance Theatre and General Manager at
Jigsaw Theatre Company in Canberra. She is currently the Executive Director at
Belvoir. As an independent producer, Brenna has produced plays including Vital
Organs (B Sharp), The Suitors (Old Fitzroy Theatre) and the documentary With
Hearts and Hands.
Other Directorships: Arts on Tour (Board Member); Belvoir (Executive Director); Seymour
Centre’s Artistic Advisory Panel (Member); Arts NSW (Peer Assessor); and
Belvoir St Theatre Limited Board (Secretary), Walsh
Bay Precinct Steering Committee (Member).
MR CHRIS KNOBLANCHE AM
the Trust 4 October 2013 - Chair of Building and Heritage Committee. He is
currently serving his second term to 31 December 2019.
Qualifications: BCom, ACA, FCPA
Background: Chris served as Board Member and Chair of the Australian Ballet
(2001-13). Principal – Advisory & Capital Pty Ltd. Chris was Managing
Director and Head of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking Australia &
New Zealand (2005-12). He was previously CEO of Andersen Australia, CEO of
Andersen Business Consulting Asia Pacific and Regional Managing Director of
Deloitte Management Solutions, Asia. Prior to Citigroup, Chris was a Partner in
the boutique Investment bank Caliburn Partnership, now Greenhill Caliburn.
Chris was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Federal Government for services to
the business and the arts in 2003. He was appointed a Member in the Order of
Australia for significant services to arts administration, to the community and
to the business and finance sector in 2014.
Other Directorships: Norton Rose Fulbright (Advisory Board Member); Enlighten Pty Ltd
(Advisory Board); Whistles Fund Management (Board Member); La Caisse de Depot
et placement du Quebec (Advisor); I- MED Pty Ltd (Board Member and Chair of
Audit & Risk committee); iSelect Ltd (Chairman); Advisory & Capital Pty
Ltd (Director); Soils for Life (Outcomes Australia)(Director); Latitude
Financial Services (Director); Greencross Limited (Director); Finance Audit
Risk Committee of the Environment Protection Authority NSW (Independent Board
Member & Chair).
MS DEBORAH MAILMAN
Joined the Trust in
February 2015 - Member of Visitor Experience Committee. She is currently
serving her first term to 31 December 2017.
Background: Deborah Mailman is one of Australia’s most highly respected actors. Her
career in the Performing Arts began in 1992. Since then she has worked
extensively in theatre, television and film, performing in productions for the
Actors Company for the Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre, Bell
Shakespeare, Melbourne Theatre Company, Kooemba Jdarra Indigenous Performing
Arts, La Boite Theatre and the Queensland Theatre Company as well as having
toured both nationally and internationally. Deborah’s work has been recognised
with a number of awards including a Helpmann Award, AACTA, Logie, AFI, Deadly
and NAIDOC Person of the Year in 2003.
MR PETER MASON AM
Joined the Trust 1
January 2012 – Chair of Audit and Risk Committee. He is currently serving his
second term to 31 December 2017.
Qualifications: BCom (Hons), MBA, Hon.DBus (UNSW), FAICD
Background: Peter is Chairman of AusNet
Services Ltd, a Director of
Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel), and a
Senior Advisor to UBS Investment Bank. He was Chairman of AMP Limited from
2005-14 (a Director from 2003); Chairman of David Jones Limited from 2013-14 (a
Director from 2007), and previously a director of a number of public companies.
Peter has been a member of the Council of the University of NSW; a Director of
the Children’s Hospital in Sydney, and Chairman of the Children’s Hospital
Fund; and a Director of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation
Other Directorships: Taylors Wines (Chairman).
Government and Community Involvement: The Centre for Independent Studies (Chairman); Centre for
International Finance and Regulation (Chairman); UBS Australia Foundation
(Chairman); The University of New South Wales Foundation (Director); Adara Partners'
Panel (Member); The Great Barrier Reef Foundation (Director).
MS CATHERINE POWELL
Joined the Trust in January 2016 – Member of
Visitor Experience Committee. She is serving her first term to 31 December
Qualifications: BA (Hons)
Background: Catherine currently serves as the Managing
Director of The Walt Disney Company, Australia and New Zealand. Catherine is
responsible for driving the company’s strategy across all business divisions.
She has led the development and implementation of multiple Disney consumer
activations with organisations such as Tennis Australia, the Royal Botanic
Gardens in Sydney and Melbourne, the Domain and the State Theatre. Catherine
recently has been named President of Euro Disney S.A.S., the management company
of Disneyland Resort Paris, and will relocate to France to join the Parks and
Resorts team in July. Catherine was previously based in London and led
Disney’s European media distribution unit. Before joining Disney, Catherine
worked for BBC Worldwide for seven years, where she held various senior TV
sales roles across territories including Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle
East, Germany and Spain/Portugal.
Government and Community Involvement: Member of Chief Executive Women.
MS JILLIAN SEGAL AM
Joined the Trust in
January 2014 – Member of Audit and Risk Committee. She is currently serving her
second term to 31 December 2019.
Qualifications: BA, LLB, LLM, FAICD
Background: Jillian has a legal, regulatory and governance background, having been a
partner at Allens Linklaters and Deputy Chair at ASIC. She was on the ASX Board
(2003-15), was Chair of the Remuneration Committee, a member of the Audit and
Risk, and Nomination Committees, and a director of ASX Compliance. She was a non-executive director of the National Australia Bank (2004-16) and has also
served as a member of the Federal Government’s Remuneration Tribunal (2010-14);
President of the Administrative Review Council (2005-09); and a member of the
Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council (2002-08). Jillian
received the Centenary Medal in 2003, Member of the Order of Australia in 2005
and UNSW Alumni Award in 2005.
Other Directorships: National Australia Bank Limited (Director).
Government and Community Involvement: The Observership Program (Board Member); Australia – Israel Chamber of
Commerce NSW (Chair); General Sir John
Monash Foundation (Chair since 2010, Director since 2008); Council of UNSW
Australia (Deputy Chancellor); Board of Garvan Institute of Medical Research
(Director) and Australian War Memorial Council (Member).
MR PHILLIP WOLANSKI AM
Joined the Trust 1
January 2014 - Member of Building and Heritage Committee. He is currently
serving his second term to 31 December 2019.
Background: Phillip is the Managing Director of Denwol Group, a property development
and investment company. He was a Director of the National Institute of Dramatic
Art (2001-07) and served on the Sydney Opera House Trust Library Committee for
a number of years before becoming its Chairman (1992-97). Phillip was a Board
Member and the Vice-President of Hakoah Club (1997-2006), Director of Football
Federation Australia Limited (2003 –15) and
Head of Delegation for the Socceroos (2004-14).
Other Directorships: Governing Committee of the Temora Aviation Museum (Member).
Government & Community Involvement: Phillip was awarded an Order of Australia in the General Division in
2008 for service to the community through executive roles and philanthropic
contributions to a arrange of arts, sporting and cultural organisations. In
addition to his commitment to the Wolanski Foundation, in recent years he has
provided financial support to NIDA and the Sydney Opera House and several other
communal and cultural