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James MacKenzie named new President of Arts Centre Melbourne

James MacKenzie named new President of Arts Centre Melbourne
October 14, 2015

James MacKenzie has been named as the new President of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust, the body which oversees the landmark Arts Centre Melbourne.

Arts Centre Melbourne, which includes Hamer Hall, the spire-topped Theatres Building and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, is Australia’s largest performing arts complex. Last year the centre welcomed more than 2.6 million people to performances, exhibitions, festivals and public and education programs.

Next year will see Arts Centre Melbourne host more than 4,000 performances and events, including the second Melbourne Ring Cycle season with Opera Australia, and premiere exhibitions showcasing items from its extensive Performing Arts Collection.

Originally a chartered accountant, MacKenzie has extensive experience in the private and public sectors having been Managing Director of Funds Management and Insurance at ANZ, Chief Executive of Norwich Union Australia, and dairector of several publicly listed companies, including property developer Mirvac Group and Pacific Brands Ltd.

He was Chief Executive of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) from 1994-97, and later served as Chairman of the TAC and of WorkSafe Victoria from 2000-07. Between 2001-2011, he was a Director of the Victorian Major Events Company.

MacKenzie is currently the chair of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation, Chair of the Board of Partners of professional services firm, ShineWing Australia, and a Director of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

He will begin as President of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust in December. He succeeds Tom Harley, who has served as President since 2012.

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