Michael Lynch CBE AM
Interim Director

Michael Lynch was Chief Executive of London’s Southbank Centre from 2002 until 2009 and was responsible for the major renovation of Royal Festival Hall and the transformation of the Southbank cultural precinct. Previously, Michael held positions as Chief Executive of the Sydney Opera House, General Manager of the Australia Council and General Manager of the Sydney Theatre Company. From 2011 to 2015 he was Chief Executive of the West Kowloon Cultural District, an ambitious project which will see a huge arts precinct built on the shores of Hong Kong‘s Victoria Harbour. 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.

Simon Cooper
Head of Studies

Simon Cooper has practiced and exhibited extensively throughout Australia and internationally. His work is held in numerous private and public collections throughout the world including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and the Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, South Korea.

He completed his undergraduate studies in Printmaking at Prahran College, Victoria and his post-graduate studies at Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. Simon has taught with a range of institutions in Australia including Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne; RMIT University, Melbourne; University of Southern Queensland; and Chisholm Institute, Melbourne. Since joining NAS in 2001 as Head of Printmaking, he has held other academic positions within the school including Acting Director, and is currently Head of Studies.

Sue Procter
Chief Operating Officer & Company Secretary

Sue Procter has worked extensively in the not-for-profit arts industry, specialising in financial, strategic and operational management. Prior to joining the National Art School, she ran a successful public accounting practice providing financial controllership and company secretarial support for many Sydney based arts organisations. Past clients include: Sydney Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Belvoir Theatre, Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company, CarriageWorks, Performance Space, Artspace, Performing Lines and Australian theatre for Young People. In addition, she provided high level financial advice to government agencies including Arts NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts and for the past fifteen years, has produced the Australian Major Performing Arts Group’s industry respected trend analysis on private giving in the major performance arts sector. Previous to her establishing her accounting practice she was the Business Analyst for the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council and was also Business Affairs Manager of Film Australia.