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Sydney Opera House is a statutory body established under Sydney Opera House Trust Act, 1961, and operates as one of the State's cultural institutions within the Arts portfolio. The Opera House is managed by a Trust and an Executive team.

The Sydney Opera House Trust

The Sydney Opera House Trust consists of 10 members appointed by the Governor on the nomination of the Minister for the Arts. A Trustee holds office for three years and is eligible for reappointment for no more than three consecutive terms. The Trustees must include at least two persons who have knowledge of, or experience in the performing arts. 

The Trust’s objectives are:

  • To administer, care for, control, manage and maintain the Sydney Opera House building and site
  • To manage and administer the site as an arts centre and meeting place
  • To promote artistic taste and achievement in all branches of the performing art
  • To foster scientific research into and to encourage the development of new forms of entertainment and presentation (excerpt from Sydney Opera House Trust Act, 1961)

Nicholas Moore

Joined the Trust 22 July 2015

Chair of the Trust. He is serving his second term to 31 December 2020.

Qualifications
BCom, LLB (University of NSW), FCA

Background
Nicholas is the former Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie Group Limited. He retired in November 2018 after 32 years at Macquarie, and 10 years as CEO.

Government and Community Involvement
Chairman of Screen Australia. Chairman of the Centre for Independent Studies. Member (and former Chair) of the NSW Business School Advisory Council. Chairman of the Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW (2003-15).

Anne Dunn

Joined the Trust 1 January 2018

Member of Audit and Risk Committee. She is serving her first term to 31 December 2020.

Qualifications
BA (UNSW), BA (Hons) (Macquarie University)

Background
Anne has 18 years’ experience in the performing arts and has delivered successful programs, festivals and events around Australia. She has been Sydney Dance Company Executive Director since 2010. She was previously the Darwin Festival General Manager (2006-09), Perth International Arts Festival Program Manager and Artistic Administrator (2003-06), Sydney Opera House Assistant Producer and Sydney Olympic Coordination Authority Live Sites Event Coordinator (2000).

Government and Community Involvement
Convenor, National Dance Manager Meetings (2011-present); Director, Australian Major Performing Arts Group Board (2018-present); art-form representative, Australian Major Performing Arts Group Board (2017-2018); Council Member, Performing Arts Touring Alliance Management (2016-2019); and Chair of Music NT (2007-09).

Michael Ebeid AM

Joined the Trust 1 January 2018

Chair of Visitor Experience Committee. He is serving his first term to 31 December 2020.

Qualifications
BBus (Charles Sturt University)

Background
Michael joined Telstra in October 2018 as Group Executive, Telstra Enterprise. In this role, he is responsible for revenues in excess of $8 billion and manages a growing business that delivers connectivity, platforms, applications and tailored industry solutions to enterprise and government customers. He is also responsible for Telstra Enterprise’s international operations, with about 3,500 people in 20 countries and the largest subsea cable network in the Asia Pacific region.

Michael joined Telstra from SBS, where he had been CEO and Managing Director since 2011. In this role, he significantly evolved the public broadcaster's portfolio with four distinctive TV channels, an extensive in-language radio offering and new market-leading digital services like SBS On Demand, which has more than five million registered users with high audience engagement.

Michael is a strategically focused leader with a 30-year career across the technology, telecommunications and media sectors. He has a successful track record in leading organisational transformation and is passionate about workplace culture, leadership and diversity. In 2017, Michael was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the broadcast media and multicultural affairs and named CEO of the Year at CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards.

Kathryn Greiner AO

Joined the Trust 1 January 2018.

Member of Visitor Experience Committee. She is serving her first term to 31 December 2020.

Qualifications
BSocWk (University of NSW), LittD hc (University of NSW)

Background
Kathryn has held a wide range of leadership positions in public and private companies, the government sector and non-profit organisations. She has participated in or led education inquiries (including the Gonski Review and NSW Catholic Funding Review) and is currently leading a review into the NSW retirement village sector. Kathryn’s professional career has included social work and early childhood services, as well as media roles at Radio 2UE and Channel 10. Kathryn was an elected Councillor to the Sydney City Council from 1995-2004. In June 2001, she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to social welfare, charity and local government in Sydney.

Government and Community Involvement
Paediatrio Ltd (Chair), Pennington Institute (Chair), Ministerial Advisory Council on Aging (Chair), Lifestart Co-op Ltd (Chair), Mary Ward International Australia (Chair) and Ramsay Foundation Board (Director).

Chris Knoblanche AM

Joined the Trust 4 October 2013

Member of Audit and Risk Committee and Member of Building and Heritage Committee. He is currently serving his second term to 31 December 2019.

Qualifications
BCom (University of Wollongong), 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 business and the arts in 2003. He was appointed a Member in the Order of Australia in 2014 for significant services to arts administration, to the community and to the business and finance sector.

Other Directorships
iSelect Ltd (Chairman), PM Capital Global Opportunities Fund (Chairman), Advisory & Capital Pty Ltd (Director), Latitude Financial Services (Insurance) (Director), Independent Director - Environment Protection Authority NSW

Deborah Mailman AM

Joined the Trust 18 February 2015

Member of Visitor Experience Committee. She is serving her second term to 31 December 2020.

Qualifications
BA (Queensland University of Technology)

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 Queensland Theatre Company as well as having toured nationally and internationally. Deborah’s work has been recognised with many awards including Helpmann, AACTA, Logie, AFI and Deadly awards. She was NAIDOC Person of the Year in 2003. Deborah has been honoured with an Order of Australia medal for her significant service to the performing arts as an actor, role model for Indigenous performers and to the community. 

Kevin McCann AM

Joined the Trust 1 January 2019

Member of Audit and Risk Committee. He is serving his first term to 31 December 2021

Qualifications
BA, LLB (Hons) (Sydney University), LLM (Harvard University), FAICD

Background
Kevin is Chair of Citadel Group, Telix Pharmaceuticals, the Menzies Research Centre, and China Matters. He is a Male Champion of Change, a Presiding Pro Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Co-Vice Chair of the New Colombo Plan Reference Group, a Director of the US Studies Centre, a Member of the Institute of Projects – Advisory Board, a Member of the Council of Barker College and on the Advisory Committee Australian Equities Flagship Fund. He is a former Chairman of Macquarie Group Limited and Macquarie Bank Limited, Origin Energy Limited, Healthscope Limited and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. Kevin was a Partner of solicitors Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens) and Chairman from 1995 to 2004. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the Law, Business and the Community in 2005.

Kylie Rampa

Joined the Trust 1 January 2018

Chair of Building and Heritage Committee. She is serving her first term to 31 December 2020.

Qualifications
BBus (Queensland University of Technology)

Background
Kylie has 30 years of experience across the real estate sector, having held senior positions throughout Australia and the US in funds management, investment banking, real estate asset management and development. After joining Lendlease in 2013, Kylie was appointed CEO of the company’s Australian Property business on 1 May 2016. She leads a diverse business, overseeing Lendlease’s major urban regeneration development projects; investment management; and communities and retirement living. Before joining Lendlease, Kylie was CEO of the Gandel Group and held a number of roles at Macquarie Group in Australia and the US, including Head of Real Estate Advisory North America.

Other Directorships
Property Council of Australia (Director and Vice President); Committee for Sydney (Director)

Jillian Segal AO

Joined the Trust 1 January 2014

Chair of Audit and Risk Committee. She is currently serving her second term to 31 December 2019.

Qualifications
BA, LLB (University of NSW), LLM (Harvard University), 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 NAB Board (2004-16) and was a member of the Remuneration, Risk and Audit Committees (at different times). Jillian was on the ASX Board (2003-15), was Chair of the Remuneration Committee, a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Nomination Committee, and a director of ASX Compliance. Jillian was a member of the Australian War Memorial Council from 2014-17. She 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 , UNSW Alumni Award in 2005 and Officer of the Order of Australia in 2019.

Government and Community Involvement
Jillian has a strong commitment to social impact and philanthropy and is involved with a wide range of community organisations: 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), The Grattan Institute (Director).

Other Directorships
Rabobank Australia Limited, Rabobank New Zealand Limited and Rabo Australia Limited (Director), Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (IPEA) Chair since July 2017.

Phillip Wolanski AM

Joined the Trust 1 January 2014

Chair of Conservation Council and Member of Building and Heritage Committee. He is currently serving his second term to 31 December 2019.

Qualifications
BEc (University of Sydney)

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).

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 range of arts, sporting and cultural organisations. In addition to his commitment to the Wolanski Foundation, in recent years he has provided financial support to the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney Opera House and several other community and cultural organisations.

Other Directorships
Governing Committee of the Temora Aviation Museum (Retired Member) 

Sydney Opera House Executive Team

The Sydney Opera House Executive Team works in partnership with the Trust and is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring the organisational strategy. The Executive Team comprises portfolio directors working to the Chief Executive Officer.

Louise Herron AM - CEO

Qualifications: BA, LLB (Sydney University), LLM (London University); Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Louise Herron was appointed CEO of the Sydney Opera House in 2012, having previously been a lawyer and corporate adviser. She was chair of Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre for 10 years. Louise has led development of the Opera House’s Renewal program to ensure this World Heritage-listed icon and one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres meets the needs and expectations of 21st-century artists, audiences and visitors.

Stage 1 of Renewal includes more than $275 million in capital works to upgrade performance halls and open new spaces to the public as well as improving the artistic and visitor experiences for the Opera House’s 10.9 million annual visitors and the more than 1.5 million people who attend a performance each year.

Fiona Winning - Director, Programming

Qualifications: BA (University of Queensland)

Fiona has had a diverse career in independent and commercial performing arts across contemporary performance, theatre, dance and festivals. She was Sydney Festival Head of Programming from 2012 to 2017, presenting works by inspirational Australian and international artists in venues across the city. Previously, Fiona worked as a dramaturge and producer in contemporary arts, curating the Australian Theatre Forum in 2011 and co-convening the Bundanon Trust’s annual Siteworks event in 2010-11.

From 1999 to 2008, Fiona was Director of Performance Space, a national contemporary arts hub based in Sydney. In this role, she collaborated with artists and communities to conceive and produce events in theatres, galleries and public spaces, as well as developing a range of festival, training and residency programs. She was instrumental in the development of Carriageworks, collaborating with the arts sector, Arts NSW and architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer. Fiona is also a lecturer and co-designer of NIDA’s landmark Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) course.

Lou Oppenheim - Director, Production & Events

Qualifications: BA/BEng (University of Melbourne)

Lou joined the Sydney Opera House in 2019 as Director, Production & Events. Her portfolio includes Venue & Event Sales, Production Services,  Event Operations & Planning and Recording & Broadcast.

Lou has had more than 15 years leadership experience in the performing arts, primarily as Director of Operations at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and General Manager and Co-CEO at Circus Oz.  This followed five years at the global management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group. Lou is also a Board Member of Theatre Network Australia. 

Jade McKellar - Director, Visitor Experience

Qualifications: BSc (University of Sydney), BCom (Macquarie University), Post Graduate Certificate, Business Practice (Kingston University, London)

Jade studied Science and Commerce with post-graduate studies in Business Management. Jade joined the Opera House in 2013 as General Manager Tours and Retail and was appointed Director, Visitor Experience in October 2015. Jade’s portfolio incorporates Ticketing, Front of House, Food and Beverage, Tourism and Retail.

Jade has 17 years’ experience in Tourism and attraction management and her previous roles include General Manager Sydney Aquarium, General Manager Sydney Tower and Head of Sydney Attractions for Merlin Entertainments Group responsible for the management of six attractions drawing more than 2.5 million paid visitors annually.

Ian Cashen - Executive Director, Building, Safety & Security

Qualifications: BEng (Civil) (University of Wollongong)

With formal training as a civil engineer, Ian has more than 20 years’ experience in construction and asset management. Ian’s experience spans the asset lifecycle including the development of strategies, planning and delivery of capital projects, and operations and maintenance management.

Ian joined the Sydney Opera House in 2016 after 12 years with infrastructure advisory firm Evans & Peck (now known as Advisian). Ian was a Principal of the firm responsible for providing a range of high value advisory services to clients as well managing the operations of the NSW branch comprising of 70 consulting staff.

Ian’s earlier career included experience in design and project management of high profile projects including a number of the Sydney Olympics venues. With this as a foundation Ian developed broader expertise, fulfilling leadership roles for delivery of major projects as well as reform initiatives for improving operations and maintenance of major assets.

Jon Blackburn - Executive Director, Corporate Services & CFO

Qualifications: BBus (Kuring-gai CAE), Member Institute Chartered Accountants

Jon joined in the role of Chief Financial Officer in November 2017 and was appointed Executive Director Corporate Services in September 2018.  He is responsible for the finance, technology, legal, and enterprise risk and program management teams delivering corporate services across the Opera House.

Jon has over 30 years global experience in the financial, property and professional services sectors. After starting his career at Price Waterhouse he moved into financial services with senior roles at Macquarie Bank and later CFO for Lloyds Bank businesses in Asia. Most recently he was the global CFO at Unispace, a family owned global design and build services business.

Brendan Wall – Director, Engagement and Development

Qualifications: BA (Monash University), BA Hons (University of Melbourne) Post Graduate Diploma (University of Melbourne)

Brendan Wall joined the Opera House in July 2018 with overall responsibility for communications, marketing, partnerships, philanthropy and special events. Brendan’s experience includes national and international strategy, communications, engagement, advisory and cultural diplomacy roles such as: Director of Creative Enterprise at UNSW Sydney; Director, Strategy and Planning at the Australia Council for the Arts; Director, Cultural Relations and cultural counsellor/attaché with the Australian Embassy in Washington DC; Senior Adviser for Arts & Culture to the Victorian Government.

Brendan’s lifelong commitment to contemporary culture, creativity and public institutions was cemented in roles with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and universities such as RMIT and the University of Melbourne.

Hugh Lamberton – Director, Office of the CEO

Qualifications: BA Hons (University of Queensland)

Hugh joined the Opera House in 2013 as Head of Strategic Communications, before becoming Executive Officer in 2014 and Director, Office of the CEO in 2018. The role supports the CEO, Executive Team and broader organisation in the development and achievement of strategic priorities and coordination of day-to-day operations, and oversees communications between management and the Board. His previous experience included 20 years as a senior journalist, including at The Australian Financial Review and The Australian, as well as campaign and lobbying work in the US. He was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University.

Kya Blondin – Director, People & Government

Qualifications: BA Communications (University of Technology Sydney), Juris Doctor (Hons) (University of NSW)

Kya joined the Opera House in 2012 as Head of the CEO’s Office and Government Relations and later took on responsibility for renewal stakeholders, policy, planning and heritage before being appointed Director, People and Government in 2018. Kya leads the development and implementation of people strategy, and oversees the Opera House’s relationship with government, corporate policy development, management of the planning and heritage framework and the internal audit function.

Kya started her career in the media and screen sectors and has more than 16 years’ experience in arts-based public sector entities, including in governance and policy, stakeholder management, government relations, and screen-based production, audience and industry development.

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