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On the move: the latest appointments and resignations

Gina Fairley

New Chair for ICE, new CEO for National Trust, and new Patron in Chief for Opera Australia.
On the move: the latest appointments and resignations

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New Chair for Western Sydney’s Information and Cultural Exchange

Leading Western Sydney arts organisation, Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) has announced the appointment of Mr Pino Migliorino AM as Chairperson.

ICE works at the vanguard of community-based cultural development, screen/digital and music production and training; and is regarded as one of Australia’s premier community-based arts organisations.


Migliornio said: ‘I have always been impressed with the work coming out of ICE. Fiercely community led and focused. It is rare to see art production that has so much capacity to change people’s lives. This is a journey I want to be part of.’

ICE Executive Director John Kirkman commented: ‘I’m sure with Pino at the helm that work will go from strength to strength … It’ll be action stations, all systems go.'

Migliorino is the founder and Managing Director of the Cultural Perspectives Group: Cultural Perspectives, DiverseWerks and CIRCA Research, sector leaders in consulting to, researching and communicating with CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.

He is a leading commentator and expert around cultural diversity, multicultural marketing and engagement in Australia, and was previously Executive Officer of the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW, the NSW Regional Coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Principal Policy Officer of the Ethnic Affairs Commission of NSW.

He has also held the position of Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia and Member of the Federal Government’s Access and Equity Review Panel.

Migliorino was recently appointed Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

New CEO for National Trust Australia

The National Trust of Australia (NSW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Debbie Mills as its new CEO.

Currently the CEO of Foundation & Friends of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, she comes to the Trust with many years experience in both the corporate and not for profit sectors.

Clive Lucas (President National Trust Australia (NSW)) said: ‘We are confident that Debbie will advance and optimise the Trust’s position as the trusted and leading independent guardian of Australia’s built, cultural and natural heritage and defender of our sense of place in our ever changing world.’

Speaking about her appointment Mills said: ‘Since a young age I have had a passion for conservation and protection.’

Mills replaces retiring CEO Brian Scarsbrick and will take up the role on 14 August.

Opera Australia announces new Patron-in-Chief

Opera Australia’s Chairman David Mortimer AO has announce the appointment of Dr Haruhisa Handa as the company’s new Patron-in-Chief.

The announcement follows Dr Handa’s increasing commitment to Australia’s national opera company with a significant financial contribution over the next three years, with an option for another three through his International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC).

Handa is an internationally recognised philanthropist and passionate opera lover.

Mortimer said: ‘Dr Handa’s dedication to arts and culture in Australia, his love of music and hands-on approach to his philanthropic ventures is truly valued by Opera Australia and we look forward to a very long and productive partnership.’

Former NZ Prime Minister and IFAC Patron Sir John Key was in Sydney to accept the appointment on behalf of Dr Handa. He said: ‘Both organisations are acutely aware of the importance of the artistic legacy in opera, yet have the courage to explore new realms of the art for its growth and development with times.

‘We are proud of the success we have enjoyed through the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour for the last six years and are excited about what can be done together through our new and expanded level of partnership in the future.’

Opera Australia’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said: ‘This new partnership and the appointment of Dr Handa to Patron-in-Chief will encompass the ongoing commitment to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour from 2018 to 2020 along with other noteworthy patronages that will be announced in due course through the 2018 and 2019 seasons.’

New board member for Sydney Festival

Andrew Cameron AM has joined the board of directors of Sydney Festival. Cameron has served on the boards of the Biennale of Sydney, Belvoir, SCAF, ACCA, and Melbourne Art Fair and Foundation, and brings extensive experience from over 20 years of engaged arts philanthropy.

Cameron was Deputy Commissioner for Australia’s presentation at the Venice Biennale, is currently Chair of the Foundation at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Chair of Artspace, and is a member of the International Council of the Tate in London – as well as sitting on the Tate Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee.

He holds the position of Executive Chairman for a group of private businesses and has had previous careers in architecture and merchant banking. Cameron was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2014 for significant services to the performing and visual arts.

Cameron said: ‘I am delighted to be joining the Sydney Festival Board of Directors, and staying involved with the performing arts following my retirement from the Belvoir Board. I have been a regular Sydney Festival-goer over many years, and have many memories of extraordinary shows and performances at the Festival.’

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Gina Fairley covers the Visual Arts nationally for ArtsHub. Based in Sydney you can follow her on Twitter @ginafairley and Instagram at fairleygina.