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David Gonski AC to replace Ian Darling as Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company
Written by Jan Chandler   
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 17:28
Ian Darling, Chairman, has announced he is to retire from the board of Sydney Theatre Company after seven years as a director, and three years as Chairman. He will remain in the post until February 2010 at which time distinguished businessman David Gonski AC will take up the position.

Ian Darling said: “It has been a privilege to serve as Chairman of Sydney Theatre Company working alongside an exceptional management team and board. The decision to leave has been a tough one for me to make, particularly as the revitalised Company is making great strides locally and internationally under the inspired direction of Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett. However, I believe arts companies benefit from regular opportunities to refresh and renew governance and the time is right for change. I know David Gonski will bring extraordinary business expertise, vision and energy to Sydney Theatre Company at an important time in its history. ”

Award-winning documentary film director and producer, Ian Darling became Chairman of both the Board and STC Foundation in 2006. He has overseen an important period of transition at the Company, considerable artistic successes, expansion of the Company’s Education and thriving artform development programs, significant upgrades at the Company’s home base The Wharf, and the $5.8 million Greening of the Wharf project. He leaves a Company in good financial health, on target to report a healthy profit from its
2009 season, with strong advance sales for 2010 and significantly increased levels of sponsorship and philanthropic support.

David Gonski said: "I look forward to becoming Chairman of Sydney Theatre Company. I admire the diversity and quality of the Company’s productions, the commitment to education and the successes, particularly in recent years, in broadening its reach. I believe there is great potential to build on these areas and I look forward to being part of that process.”

Artistic Directors Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett said: "We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our much-loved Chairman Ian Darling for his commitment and passion for Sydney Theatre Company. His wise counsel and generosity during our first two years as Artistic Directors have been invaluable.

"Its fantastic to have David Gonski join us. His business acumen, strategic vision and commitment to the arts and the community make him a great Chairman and we look forward to working closely with him."

One of David Gonski’s first duties will be to welcome a new Chief Operating Officer to the Company to replace outgoing General Manager Rob Brookman. A rigorous search process is currently underway and an announcement for Brookman’s replacement is anticipated in early 2010, allowing for a smooth transition to take place before he leaves the Company at the end of May 2010.

Sydney Theatre Company’s board is also comprised of Cate Blanchett, John Connolly, Genevieve Lemon, Sandra Levy, Catherine Martin, Martin McCallum, Justin Miller, Simon Mordant, Sam Mostyn, Andrew Stuart and Andrew Upton.

David Gonski is Chairman of Investec Bank (Australia) Limited, ASX Ltd and Coca-Cola Amatil Limited and is a Director of the Westfield Group and Singapore Airlines.  David is Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, Chairman of the National E Health Transition Authority and Sydney Grammar School.  He was previously President of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Chairman of NIDA, the Bundanon Trust, Film Australia Pty Ltd and the Australia Council for the Arts.