The Andrews Labor Government has welcomed the appointment of local business leader Susan Oliver as the new Chair of the Wheeler Centre board.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today congratulated Ms Oliver on joining Australia’s only centre dedicated to books, writing and ideas based in Melbourne.
Susan Oliver is an experienced company director of more than 20 years – she has led the Australian Commission for the Future, helped establish The Big Issue in Australia and co-founded Scale Investors – an investment network funding women-led start-ups.
She also sits on the boards of Melbourne Theatre Company and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
Ms Oliver assumes the role from founding Chair, Private Media’s Eric Beecher, after nine years at the helm.
Susan Oliver will be joined by two new Wheeler Centre board members – Marcus Fazio and Corrie Perkin.
They replace founding board Directors Tony Hudson and Mark Rubbo OAM who have also played key roles in the success of the organisation.
Since 2010, the Wheeler Centre has hosted and presented 2,000 public conversations, featured more than 3,000 speakers and engaged more than 350,000 people.
Quotes attributable to Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley
“Susan Oliver is well placed to lead the Wheeler Centre into a new era as it continues to connect us with leading writers and thinkers.”
“I congratulate all new board members on being appointed to a one-of-a-kind cultural institution and Melbourne’s home for storytelling.”
Quote attributable to Wheeler Centre Chair Susan Oliver
“The Wheeler Centre is entering an exciting new era – I am delighted to be appointed as Chair to follow in the footsteps of founding Chair Eric Beecher.”