22/09/2021 - 14:00

Wyatt appointed to Perth Festival board

22/09/2021 - 14:00

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Perth Festival has recruited former WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt to its board, one day after it was announced he was joining APM as a non-executive director.

Ben Wyatt retired from politics in March 2021.

Perth Festival has recruited former WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt to its board, one day after it was announced he was joining community services company APM as a non-executive director.

After starting his career as a lawyer, Mr Wyatt became Treasurer and Minister for Finance, Energy and Aboriginal Affairs when Labor won the election in 2017.

Since retiring from politics in March 2021, he has joined the boards of the West Coast Eagles, Telethon Kids Institute, Rio Tinto and Woodside Petroleum.

Perth Festival chair Tim Ungar said Mr Wyatt brought a wealth of experiences and expertise to the festival.

“Ben’s background in treasury, finance and indigenous affairs brings a unique dynamic to the board,” Mr Ungar said.

“His extensive parliamentary and professional experience provide him a detailed understanding of the broad sweep and impact of Perth Festival’s activities.”

Mr Wyatt said he admired the festival’s ability to bring people together and create a strong sense of community through the arts.

He has been appointed for a three-year term, effective immediately.

Earlier this year, it announced festival director Iain Grandage would stay on for one more season.

The 2022 Perth Festival has the theme Wardan, which is Noongar for Ocean.

Perth Festival was previously part of the University of Western Australia but became its own individual entity in May 2019.

It submitted an individual annual report for the first time for the 2020 financial year, recording revenue of $17.9 million and an operating deficit of $845,753.

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