Segal and Wolanski appointed Opera House trustees

November 22, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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NSW Jewish community identities Jillian Segal and Philip Wolanski have been appointed trustees of the Sydney Opera House.

Philip Wolanski

Philip Wolanski

Jillian Segal

Jillian Segal

“The NSW Government has welcomed the appointment of three new trustees to the Sydney Opera House, Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts,” George Souris, said today.

Mr Souris said Brenna Hobson, Jillian Segal AM and Phillip Wolanski AM would be new trustees. The three-year terms of the trustees will start on 1 January 2014.

“It is my great pleasure to confirm these appointments to the Trust which oversees and guides the management of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House,” Mr Souris said.

“The new trustees will be taking up their roles at an interesting time in the Sydney Opera House’s history, following the 40th birthday celebrations this year.

“The NSW Government will provide $13.7 million in 2014-15 to the Sydney Opera House to develop a major renewal plan that will take the Opera House through to its 50th birthday in 2023.

“The newly appointed trustees will bring substantial experience and expertise in business and the performing arts to their roles advising on the direction of the Sydney Opera House and the development of the renewal plan.”

Chairman of the Sydney Opera House Trust, John Symond AM, welcomed the appointments of new Trustees to the Trust.

“Phil, Jillian and Brenna bring a wealth of skill and experience that will complement the existing Trust members very well. On our 40th anniversary, the Sydney Opera House is at an exciting stage with a vibrant future.”

Jillian Segal told J-Wire: “I am delighted and honoured and looking forward to taking up the position in January.”

The newly appointed trustees of the Sydney Opera House:


  • Brenna Hobson is the Executive Director of Belvoir Theatre. She was previously the General Manager of Jigsaw Theatre in Canberra and Production Manager for Bangarra Dance Theatre. Ms Hobson is the secretary of the Belvoir St Theatre Limited Board and a member of the Company B Ltd Board and of the Seymour Centre’s Artistic Advisory Panel.


  • Jillian Segal AM is a director of ASX Limited, National Australia Bank, Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the Federal Remuneration Tribunal. She is also Chair of the General Sir John Monash Foundation and Deputy Chancellor of the University of NSW. Ms Segal has previously held a range of corporate and government board positions, including as a member of the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council, and Commissioner and later Deputy Chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 2005 for services to business law.
  • Phillip Wolanski AM is Managing Director of Denwol & Co Pty Ltd, a property development and investment company. He was a director of the National Institute of Dramatic Art from 2001 to 2007 and previously served on the Sydney Opera House Trust Library Committee. He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2008 for service to the community and philanthropic contributions to a range of arts, sporting and cultural organisations.


The new appointees will join fellow trustees John Symond AM (President), Wayne Blair, Catherine Brenner, The Hon Helen Coonan, Christopher Knoblanche, Peter Mason AM and Robert Wannan.

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