Michael Lynch CBE AM

Michael Lynch CBE AM was Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre in London from 2002 to 2008. During his six-year tenure his most notable achievement was the radical transformation of the 21-acre Southbank Centre site, including the major refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall, which opened on-time in June 2007 to universal acclaim. Michael has spent most of his career in arts governance. He has been CEO of the Sydney Opera House (1998-2002); General Manager of the Australia Council – the Federal Government’s arts funding and advisory body (1994-98); and General Manager of the Sydney Theatre Company (1989-94). Michael and his wife Chrissy Sharp returned to Australia in 2009. In April he was appointed by the Federal Government to the Board of the ABC. Ms Sharp, who in London was General Manager of Sadlers Wells, takes up an appointment as Director of Melbourne’s new Centre of Books, Writing and Ideas. Michael Lynch was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2001 for services to arts administration (principally as Chief Executive of the Sydney Opera House); and in 2008 he was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Birthday Honours. Last year he was also presented with the prestigious Garrett Award by the UK’s Arts and Business for outstanding achievement in the encouragement of business support for the arts.