Sydney Opera House Trust

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Sydney Opera House Trust
Agency overview
Formed2 December 1954 (Committee)
14 March 1961 (Trust)
Minister responsible
Agency executives
Parent departmentCreate NSW
Child Agency
Key document
  • Sydney Opera House Trust Act 1961
WebsiteSydney Opera House Trust

The Sydney Opera House Trust operates and maintains the Sydney Opera House in Sydney for the Government of New South Wales in Australia.[1]

Description[edit]

The Trust operates as one of the State's premier cultural institutions within the Create NSW portfolio. It is constituted as a body corporate under the Sydney Opera House Trust Act 1961.[2] It has 10 members appointed by the Governor of New South Wales on the nomination of the Minister for the Arts. The Trustees must include at least two persons who have knowledge of or experience in the performing arts. A Trustee holds office for three years and is eligible for reappointment for no more than three consecutive terms.[3]

The Trust's objectives are:[3]

  • To administer, care for, control, manage, staff 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 arts
  • To foster scientific research into and to encourage the development of new forms of entertainment and presentation.

The trust is responsible for the oversight and appointment of the Sydney Opera House Executive Team, which "works in partnership with the Trust and is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring the organisational strategy", and includes portfolio directors under the Chief Executive Officer.[3]

Trust Members[edit]

The Trust consists of ten members in total, including the Chairperson. The current members of the Trust are:[4]

Chairperson Term begins Term ends
Lucy Turnbull AO 1 January 2021 31 December 2023
Trustee Term begins Term ends
Jillian Segal AO 1 January 2014 31 December 2022
Phillip Wolanski AM 1 January 2014 31 December 2022
Deborah Mailman AM 18 February 2015 31 December 2023
Anne Dunn 1 January 2018 31 December 2023
Michael Ebeid AM 1 January 2018 31 December 2023
Kathryn Greiner AO 1 January 2018 31 December 2023
Kylie Rampa 1 January 2018 31 December 2023
Kevin McCann AM 1 January 2019 31 December 2021
Bruce Baird AM 1 January 2020 31 December 2022

Chairs[edit]

# Chairman/Chairperson Term Time in office Notes
Sydney Opera House Committee/Executive Committee
1 Stanley Haviland CBE 2 December 1954 – 14 March 1961 6 years, 102 days [5][6]
Sydney Opera House Trust
Stanley Haviland CBE 14 March 1961 – 1 May 1969 8 years, 48 days [7]
2 Sir Philip Baxter KBE, CMG 1 May 1969 – 7 May 1975 6 years, 6 days [8][9]
3 Frederick Stanley Buckley OBE 7 May 1975 – 30 April 1977 1 year, 358 days [10]
4 Sir Robert Norman 1 May 1977 – 30 April 1981 3 years, 364 days [11][12]
5 David Greenberg Block AC 1 May 1981 – 30 April 1989 7 years, 364 days [13][14][15][16]
6 Elizabeth Butcher AM 1 May 1989 – 31 December 1995 6 years, 244 days [17][18][19]
7 Joseph Skrzynski AO 1 January 1996 – 31 December 2004 8 years, 365 days [20][21]
8 Kim Williams AM 1 January 2005 – 4 October 2013 8 years, 276 days [22][23][24]
9 John Symond AM 4 October 2013 – 31 December 2014 1 year, 88 days [25][26]
Helen Coonan (acting) 1 January 2015 – 22 July 2015 202 days [27]
10 Nicholas Moore 22 July 2015 – 31 December 2020 5 years, 162 days [27][28][29]
11 Lucy Turnbull 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2023 204 days [30][31]

CEOs[edit]

# General Manager Term Time in office Notes
1 Stuart Bacon April 1968 – 23 March 1973 4 years, 356 days [32]
2 Frank Barnes 23 March 1973 – 1 March 1979 5 years, 343 days [33][34]
3 Lloyd Martin 1 March 1979 – 17 March 1997 18 years, 16 days [35][36][37][38]
# CEO Term Time in office Notes
4 Tim Jacobs 17 March 1997 – 15 May 1998 1 year, 59 days [39][40][41]
5 Michael Lynch AO, CBE August 1998 – July 2002 3 years, 334 days [42]
Judith Isherwood (acting) July 2002 – September 2002 62 days
6 Dr Norman Gillespie September 2002 – September 2007 5 years, 0 days [43][44][45]
7 Richard Evans September 2007 – 24 February 2012 4 years, 176 days [46][47]
Jonathan Bielski (acting) 24 February 2012 – 6 August 2012 164 days [48]
8 Louise Herron AM 6 August 2012 – date 8 years, 352 days [49]

References[edit]

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