Senator the Hon. George Brandis S.C.
Minister for the Arts and Sport
Former Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts; Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate archived website
Minister for the Arts and Sport from 23 November 2001 to 30 January 2007
17 May 2007
The Minister for the Arts and Sport today announced the appointment of Australian businessman Mr Terry Campbell AO as the new Chair of the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF).
“Mr Campbell’s considerable business and management skills mean he is well placed to lead the Australia Business Arts Foundation into its next phase of development,” Senator George Brandis said.
“AbaF has been taking forward the Australian Government’s vision of having closer relationships between our nation’s business, philanthropic and arts sectors, so that we build a stronger culture of private sector support for the arts.
“I am confident Mr Campbell will advance the already very successful track record of the Australia Business Arts Foundation in building stronger links between Australian businesses and the arts, and of skills sharing between the two sectors.”
Mr Campbell is Chairman of the financial services firm Goldman Sachs JBWere, and was the company’s Chief Executive until February 2007. He has been a Director on the Board of AbaF since 2004 and a member of AbaF’s National Council since its inception in 2000. He has also been the AbaF Victorian Chapter Chair since July 2003.
Senator Brandis today also recognised the ‘tremendous contribution’ of the outgoing Chair of the Australia Business Arts Foundation, Mr James Strong AO.
“The Board of the Australia Business Arts Foundation has achieved impressive and positive results under Mr Strong’s leadership,” Senator Brandis said. “With Mr Strong at the helm, AbaF has gone from strength to strength in growing business support for Australia’s arts and culture sectors.”
Since 2000 the Australia Business Arts Foundation, which is an Australian Government company, has been supporting the growth of private sector engagement with the arts. It manages the successful Partnering, Volunteering and Giving programs which promote relationships between the business and arts sectors, including opportunities for business and arts people to work together, and private donations to the arts. Visit www.abaf.org.au for more information.
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