22 March 2018
Cultural leader and experienced company director, Lesley Alway has been appointed to the role of 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 new GPAC CEO Joel McGuinness commences in the role, and the organisation farewells Jill Smith after a successful decade at the centre.
GPAC is the region’s premier performing arts centre and one of the leading regional arts venues in the country. Work on the Victorian Government-backed $38.5 million GPAC Ryrie Street Redevelopment is currently underway and will deliver a striking new building, greater accessibility, new studios and expanded amenities.