Cultural leader and experienced company director, Lesley Alway has been appointed Chair of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre Trust.
A former Director of Arts Victoria and CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art, Ms Alway has a strong track record in cultural policy, management and international engagement spanning more than 30 years.
She has held leadership positions in the government, not-for-profit and private sectors, and has worked across the creative industries.
Most recently, Ms Alway was the Director of Asialink Arts, where she delivered a broad range of cultural exchange programs between Australia and Asia.
She is also a Board Director of Opera Australia, Deputy Chair of ACCA – Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and a member of the Australia-ASEAN Council appointed through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Ms Alway is based in Melbourne and Queenscliff.
The announcement comes as Joel McGuinness commences as CEO and the organisation farewells Jill Smith after a decade at the centre.
Ms Alway said she was honoured to be joining at such an important time, as work progresses on the $38.5 million Ryrie Street redevelopment.
“I am looking forward to working with the Trust, Joel and his team, the centre’s partners and the community to help shape this next era for arts, culture and creativity in our region.
“Geelong Performing Arts Centre has a central place in the life of Geelong and the region. It was born from the community and continues to connect with, and provide opportunities for, artists and audiences of all ages,” she said.