Opera Australia announces three new Board appointments

Opera Australia Chairman Rod Sims AO has announced the appointment of three highly respected industry leaders to the OA Board.

Sharing a common passion for the arts and culture, former Telstra CFO Warwick Bray, PwC partner Michelle Kam and arts industry luminary Michael Lynch AO CBE, will bring a wealth of experience from diverse industries and backgrounds to the OA Board.

“We’re incredibly proud to announce these appointments to our Board, all are specialists in their field and are joining us at a pivotal time in the Company’s history,” said Mr Sims.

“Their expertise and broad-ranging experience in their respective industries, both locally and internationally, along with their passion for arts and culture, will give our Board a diverse skill-set to support OA’s exceptional team, both on and off the stage, and deliver the Company’s vision of Australia’s leading 21st century performing arts institution.”

Recognised as one of the most respected and influential arts administrators in the country, Michael Lynch’s experience and knowledge of Australian and international arts organisations is unsurpassed.

Most notably, Michael has held positions of Chief Executive of the Sydney Opera House, General Manager of Sydney Theatre Company and the Australia Council, as well as board positions at the ABC and Film Victoria.

As Chief Executive of London’s Southbank Centre, Michael oversaw significant organisational change and the development of a new artistic policy and cultural program that re-established the Centre as one of the most important cultural institutions in the county.

After a stint in Hong Kong as Chief Executive of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Michael has returned to Australia and is currently Chairman of Circa and a Board Director of Belvoir Theatre and TedX.

PwC partner Michelle Kam has a Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology and is an expert in providing strategic advice to companies navigating the global environment and transformational change. Michelle works across a variety of sectors including media, not-for-profits, financial services and the public sector, developing people-focussed strategies for cultural change.

Her passion for the arts and education compelled her to serve as a Non-Executive Director at Shaun Parker and Company and is a current member of the Alumni Council for the University of Sydney.

As a former partner at global management consultancy McKinsey & Company, Telstra CFO and securities analyst, Warwick Bray has worked extensively across Asia Pacific and Europe, most recently in telecommunications and energy infrastructure and will bring valuable financial, operational and strategic skills along with expert knowledge of IT systems and marketing.

Warwick previously held the position of Board Trustee and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee at the Arts Centre Melbourne and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee at Foxtel. Warwick is currently a Board Director and member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Spark NZ.

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Image: Warwick Bray, Michelle Kam and Michael Lynch (supplied)