New president announced for Arts Centre Melbourne

Social entrepreneur Ian Carson AM has been named the new President of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust, overseeing the iconic Arts Centre Melbourne.

The Centre includes Hamer Hall, the Theatres Building and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and is Australia’s largest performing arts complex. Last year the centre welcomed more than 3.7 million people to performances, exhibitions, festivals and public education programs.

Starting his career as a Chartered Accountant, Ian has extensive experience in business start-ups, including as one of the founders of specialist consulting company PPB. In 2005 he co-founded SecondBite with his wife Simone Carson AM, providing Australians in need of fresh and healthy food with more than 105 million meals. For this work they were awarded the Order of Australia in 2017 followed by Melburnians of the Year in 2018.

Ian is currently Chairman of Markets at PWC and is also a trustee of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He is dedicated to ensuring that arts and creativity thrive in Australia and sees Arts Centre Melbourne’s role as central to this.

As stated by Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley: “Ian takes the Arts Centre reins in a strong position and on the cusp of an exciting reimagining. I know he’ll bring great energy and experience to the role and I look forward to the Arts Centre’s continued success.”