New DG For Department Of Culture And The Arts

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Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has announced Mr Duncan Ord as the new Director General of the Department of Culture and the Arts.

Mr Ord will commence on July 1 this year following a highly competitive recruitment process conducted by the Public Sector Commission.

The Minister said Mr Ord would bring a wealth of experience to the role having worked in the arts industry for more than 30 years including in the establishment of two very successful performing arts companies.

“Duncan’s significant contribution to the arts industry includes previous roles as Dean of The School of Performing Arts (WAAPA), General Manager of the WA Theatre Company and a member of several Australia Council Boards and Committees,” he said.

“As founding director, Duncan was also instrumental in establishing two of the State’s pre-eminent performing arts companies, Black Swan and Barking Gecko.

“His contribution has been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia for his work in Arts Administration.

“I congratulate Mr Ord on his appointment and I look forward to working with him as we build an exciting future for the cultural life of the State.”

The Minister thanked acting director general Mr Alan Ferris for his leadership of the department for the past 14 months.

“Alan has developed strong working relationships across the department, portfolio organisations and with industry colleagues during his time as acting director general. I have greatly valued his advice and professionalism and I thank him for his contribution,” he said.

Fact File

  • The Culture and the Arts portfolio includes the WA Museum, Art Gallery, State Library, Perth Theatre Trust, ScreenWest and State Records Office.
  • The Department also provides funding to 43 arts organisations and support to arts groups and individuals via grants.
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