The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the appointment of Adrian Collette as its incoming CEO. Collette, an experienced arts leader, will take the reins in January 2019. He was appointed by a selection panel, following a recruitment process involving an external executive recruitment agency.

Adrian Collette, Australia Council for the Arts, CEO Incoming CEO for the Australia Council for the Arts, Adrian Collette. Photo: supplied

“On behalf of both the Australia Council Board and its staff, I congratulate Adrian and welcome him to our Executive team,” said Australia Council Chair Sam Walsh. “Adrian is an outstanding leader who brings a wealth of experience and unwavering passion for the arts to this role. He also brings deep knowledge of the Council through his valuable contribution as a Council Board member. We are very confident that Adrian will deftly steer the Australia Council through its next exciting chapter, ensuring the Council’s ongoing commitment to the arts enriching the lives of all Australians.”

Following a career in book publishing, Collette was Chief Executive at Opera Australia for 16 years, and is currently Vice-Principal (Engagement) at the University of Melbourne. Collette, who was made a member...