New Chairman for West Australian Opera


At its recent Annual General Meeting West Australian Opera announced Mr Terry Bowen, Finance Director of Wesfarmers Limited, as its new Chairman. Mr Bowen succeeds Warwick Hemsley who retires as Chairman after four years in the position but remains on the Board.


Previously co-Deputy Chair, Mr Bowen has been on the Board for four years. “I am delighted to accept the position of Chairman and looked forward to working with the General Manager, Carolyn Chard, and the company leading toward the 50th anniversary in 2017,” he said.


Mr Bowen paid tribute to Mr Hemsley for his inspiring leadership of the company during his term as Chairman. “Warwick steered the company through a number of ground-breaking partnerships including a new production of Elektra with ThinIce, Opera Australia and the Perth International Arts Festival and the international collaboration of Otello with Cape Town Opera, New Zealand Opera, three Australian opera companies and the Festival,” he said. “These initiatives have seen the company grow and develop as a premier arts organisation in Australia delivering excellence in opera, both on and off the stage.”


Mr Bowen brings a wealth of experience to the position of Chairman. In addition to his role with Wesfarmers, Mr Bowen is a director of Gresham Partners Holdings Ltd and a number of Wesfarmers Group subsidiaries. He is also on the Advisory Board of Curtin University’s Business School and recently joined the Board of Scotch College (WA).


General Manager, Carolyn Chard said she was delighted with Mr Bowen’s appointment. “The proficiency and commitment of our Board is one of the great strengths of the company,” she said. “Terry’s contribution will be enhanced in the capacity of Chairman”.


Other Board Changes

Mr Bowen is pleased to advise that Julian Burt has been appointed to the board. Mr Burt is a director of Metze Pty Ltd, a manufacturing business specialising in the fabrication of drilling technology, and holds a number of director and community roles. In addition, Andrew Pascoe has been appointed as co-Deputy Chair of the Board, joining Catherine Ferrari in that position.


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WAO – AGM2014 Media Release