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10 August 2018

Leading strategist and corporate consultant Tim Orton will take on the role of Chair of the Melbourne International Arts Festival Board, which will celebrate its 32nd year in October.

Melbourne International Arts Festival, Tryptique (2016)

Melbourne International Arts Festival, Tryptique (2016)

Mr Orton is an ideal successor to Maureen Wheeler, who will retire from the Chair position at the conclusion of the 2018 festival.

Mr Orton is a managing director and founder of Nous Group – Australia’s largest locally-founded management consulting firm.

A Rhodes Scholar with a Master of Arts from Oxford University, he has provided expert strategy and planning advice to companies and government departments Australia-wide – consulting on projects across the creative, technology, health, environment, education, financial services and economic growth sectors.

He has also worked with a range of Victorian creative organisations including Melbourne Fringe, Snuff Puppets and Back to Back Theatre, as well as held board positions with the Australia Council for the Arts, and the Geelong Performing Arts Centre – which he chaired for 11 years.

Mr Orton joins the Melbourne International Arts Festival Board in the lead up to the 2018 festival, which will take place from 3-21 October. Following this year’s event, he will take the mantle from Maureen Wheeler who has served in the role for three years.

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