pleased to announce that Michael
Lynch will be taking up the position of Interim Director in
September for a six month position, after Director Michael Snelling
departs for Hong Kong, where his wife Suhanya
Raffel has been appointed the Director of the M+ Museum in the
West Kowloon Cultural District.
Michael Lynch comes to NAS with a huge amount of experience; previously, he has
held positions as Chief Executive of the Sydney Opera House, General
Manager of the Australia Council and General Manager of the Sydney Theatre
From 2002 to 2009, he was Chief Executive of London’s Southbank Centre and
was responsible for the transformation of the Southbank cultural
precinct. From 2011 to 2015 he was Chief Executive of the West Kowloon
Cultural District, which will see a huge arts precinct built on Hong Kong‘s
Michael was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 2001 and in 2008 he was
named a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), both for services to the arts.
Most recently, he was awarded the Sue Nattrass Award which honours
exceptional service to the Australian live performance industry at the
2016 Helpmann Awards.
His exceptional arts administration skills have been welcomed by the staff and
students of NAS, and we are very excited to have Michael on board.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported the annoucement here.
Photo: Steven Siewert