The West Australian Ballet has appointed Woodside Petroleum chief financial officer and executive vice-president Sherry Duhe as chair, following the retirement of Robert Edwardes.
Ms Duhe will be the organisation’s first female chair.
Woodside executive vice-president development, Dr Edwardes, served on the board for seven years and had been chair since mid-2015.
Ms Duhe said Dr Edwardes' leadership had been exemplary and his achievements included the strengthening of governance practices, establishing gender equality on the board, and his work with the executive leadership team.
“Robert has spent the last few months inducting me into the role, and while he is retiring, he will remain a mentor as I take on what I consider to be an honour, the chair of West Australian Ballet,” Ms Duhe said.
“I, like Robert, am deeply committed to enriching the lives of all Western Australians through dance and have a personal passion for demonstrating the value of the arts in building a vibrant society.”
Ms Duhe grew up in Louisiana in the US, where she was introduced to dance as a teenager.
She moved to Perth in 2017 to join Woodside after previously working at ExxonMobil, Duke Energy, JM Huber and Royal Dutch Shell.
“We’re looking forward to creating the next chapter of our story with Sherry Duhe, whose energy will help us move the company forward with a fresh perspective, love and passion for our beautiful artform,” Ms Scannella said.
West Australian Ballet’s board extended executive director Jessica Machin’s contract for a further three years, reflecting the success of her work on regional and community access program Touring Strategies and a mental health policy.