08/03/2018 - 09:22

WASO strikes a chord with Goyder

08/03/2018 - 09:22

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Former Wesfarmers chief executive Richard Goyder is set to take over the role of WA Symphony Orchestra chairman, succeeding Janet Holmes a Court who has been at the helm of the organisation for the past 20 years.

Asher Fisch with Janet Holmes a Court and Richard Goyder. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Former Wesfarmers chief executive Richard Goyder is set to take over the role of WA Symphony Orchestra chairman, succeeding Janet Holmes a Court who has been at the helm of the organisation for the past 20 years.

The Woodside Petroleum chairman-elect, Qantas director, and AFL Commission chairman has had a long association with WASO, having been a board member from 2003 to 2007 and championed corporate support for the orchestra through Wesfarmers Arts.

“I want to pay tribute to the immense contribution Janet Holmes à Court has made to the arts over a very long period,” he said.

“Her legacy is one of extraordinary leadership and personal generosity that have helped develop WASO into becoming one of the state’s cultural gems.”

Mrs Holmes à Court will remain on the board of WASO, while continuing within her role as Chamber of Arts and Culture WA deputy chairman.

“A vibrant arts scene is critical for a thriving community, and I’m thrilled Richard has decided to assume the leadership of the state’s premier performing arts company,” Mrs Holmes à Court said.

“I am excited to hand the baton to Richard, and at leaving WASO in what I regard as the most capable hands of any person in Australia.”

WASO’s principal conductor and artistic adviser, Asher Fisch, has been supported by Wesfarmers Arts throughout Mr Goyder’s tenure with the orchestra and is contracted until 2023.

 “In his former role as managing director of Wesfarmers, WASO’s Principal Partner, Richard was a great supporter of our orchestra, our artistic vision and our deep engagement with the community.”

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