The Board of Lucy Guerin Inc (LGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Jopling AM KC as its new Chair. Peter assumes the role following the retirement of long-standing board member Ian McDougall, who has stepped down after six years as the Company’s Chair.
Peter is a Melbourne/Naarm based King’s Counsel and is Chair of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation, the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne Humanities Foundation, and Melbourne Art Foundation. In 2014, he was made a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law in Victoria and to the community.
In addition to Peter’s current board roles, he possesses an impressive and extensive experience working with boards and committees across the cultural sector. These include previous roles as Deputy Chair of Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Director of McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, and Director of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation.
Peter has also been a Patron of the Australian World Orchestra and member of the Victorian College of the Arts Foundation, and is an Ambassador for the Australian National Academy of Music and Ballarat International Foto Biennale. He has also held directorships of medical science and business school boards as well as various legal governing boards.
About the appointment, Peter Jopling AM KC said, “I am excited and honoured to join the LGI Board, and relish the chance to work with Lucy Guerin AO and the extraordinary community of dancers that work and collaborate with the Company under Lucy’s visionary leadership. LGI is a loadstar for contemporary dance culture in Australia and beyond, and in its 21st year remains committed to pushing the boundaries of dance practice.”
Peter succeeds long-standing LGI Board member Ian McDougall, who served as a Director for 10 years — six as Chair. Ian is a Founding Partner of ARM Architecture, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Adelaide, and Adjunct Professor of Architecture at RMIT. Ian steps down after six years as LGI’s Chair — during which time he oversaw the Company’s relocation to its custom-fitted home at WXYZ Studios, led the establishment of its annual giving program (Commissioning Circle), ensured its stability throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and supported planning of the Company’s 21st anniversary in 2023.
Lucy Guerin AO said, “We are very excited to have Peter Jopling AM join us as the Chair of LGI’s Board. His passion for the arts and vast knowledge of the cultural landscape will be hugely beneficial to both the Company and our community of independent dance artists. Peter’s belief in brave experimentation in the arts aligns well with LGI and we look forward to working with him as we move into the future.”
LGI’s Board, along with Artistic Director Lucy Guerin and Executive Producer Brendan O’Connell, thank Ian for his sensitive and comprehensive leadership in helping to secure the future of the organisation, and maintaining his passionate commitment to contemporary dance.
About Peter Jopling AM KC
Peter is a Melbourne/Naarm based King’s Counsel and is Chair of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation, the University of Melbourne’s Humanities Foundation and Melbourne Art Foundation. Peter has been Deputy Chair of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, a Director of the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery and Director of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation and is a Patron of the Australian World Orchestra as well as a member of the Victorian College of the Arts Foundation. Peter is a Life Governor of The Florey and a former director of the Melbourne Business School as well as various other legal governing boards. In 2014 Peter was made a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law in Victoria and to the community.
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