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Arts Centre chief quits

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Arts Centre chief quits

The Arts Centre in Melbourne is looking for a replacement after its CEO of four years, Judith Isherwood, made the decision to leave at the end of this month.

Victorian Arts Centre Trust president Tom Harley announced the resignation earlier this month.

“On behalf of the Trust, I would like to express the considerable debt of gratitude that Victorians owe to Judith," Mr Harley told The Age. "In her four-year tenure, she has overseen the incredibly complex, challenging but successful rebuild of Hamer Hall and its reopening last year.

“Judith has also been responsible for invigorating the centre . . . Arts Centre Melbourne has attracted growing and broader audiences with many people experiencing (its) rich offering for the first time."

The Centre has had a tough year, posting a loss of $7.2 million which led to axing of jobs and programs.

A male senior staffer who left the Arts Centre Melbourne earlier this year told ABC the programming budget was almost exhausted by the end of August. 

Isherwood supervised the $135.8 million revamp of Hamer Hall and presented major international events to build its brand as a premier artistic stop.

Jodie Bennett, the centre's chief financial officer and corporate services executive, is acting chief executive from today.

 

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