Louise Herron’s job up for grabs at Sydney Opera House

Louise Herron, CEO of the Sydney Opera House since 2012, is still listed as its chief on the arts centre’s website and gave a speech as leader at an Opera House event last Thursday night, but an ad appeared for her job at the weekend on the NSW government’s job website.

The ad reads:

“The Chief Executive is responsible for leading the Opera House through the next stages of its Decade of Renewal and enhance its capacity to: Treasure and renew the Opera House for future generations of artists, audiences and visitors; engage and inspire people through the excellence, ambition and breadth of its artistic and visitor experiences; and strengthen the Opera House’s central role in Australian life and identity.”

The ad, which does not mention a salary, continues: “To be successful in this role (CEO) you will have a proven track record at a senior executive level leading a complex organisation. Your knowledge and/or experience of government will be beneficial. Your experience as a strategic and commercially astute leader with excellent communication skills and a collaborative leadership approach combined with strong relationship skills will further contribute to your success.”

Herron had never run an arts company day to day until her appointment as CEO. She is described on the SOH website as a former lawyer and corporate adviser. She does, however have extensive experience at the board level having been chair of Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre for 10 years.

The website says: “Louise has led development of the Opera House’s Renewal program to ensure this World Heritage-listed icon and one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres meets the needs and expectations of 21st-century artists, audiences and visitors.”

Any applicant for CEO must have:

“Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline and substantial executive-level skills and experience managing a large, complex and diverse commercial performing arts, cultural and/or entertainment organisation, including experience in strategic and corporate planning and implementation.

“In-depth knowledge and understanding of the role of the Opera House both within Australia and internationally, the workings of the performing arts and tourism destinations in Australia and internationally, with strong networks and a high national and international profile.”

The ad for the position also advises: “To be successful in this role you will have a proven track record at a senior executive level leading a complex organisation. Your knowledge and/or experience of government will be beneficial. Your experience as a strategic and commercially astute leader with excellent communication skills and a collaborative leadership approach combined with strong relationship skills will further contribute to your success.”

You can apply for the Sydney Opera House Chief Executive Officer job here until April 1

 

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