Symphony Services Australia welcomes new Chair

The Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras have recognized the contribution of outgoing Chair of Symphony Services Australia, Nicholas Heyward, and welcomed his successor, Craig Whitehead.

Symphony Services Australia welcomes new Chair


Heyward has chaired the orchestral service provider since its inception in 2006, and was a director of the company’s predecessor, Symphony Australia Holdings Ltd, following his appointment as Managing Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 2001. He retires from that role at the end of 2018.

Symphony Australia’s board unanimously appointed Craig Whitehead, currently Chief Executive of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, to the role of Chair from 2019 onwards. The appointment will coincide with his move to Brisbane to take on the role of CEO of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

“I am delighted to accept my colleagues’ nomination to Chair Symphony Services Australia” stated Whitehead. “The company provides support and services to Australia’s six symphony orchestras, all of whom work collaboratively to contribute to Australia’s rich arts ecology. I pay tribute to Nicholas Heyward, who has been a committed and enthusiastic Chair of SSA for the past 12 years. He will be missed by the staff and board.”

Emma E. Dunch, CEO of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, was elected Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk subcommittee.

The Symphony Services Australia board comprises the chief executives of the six state orchestras:

Vincent Ciccarello (Managing Director, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra)

Sophie Galaise (Managing Director, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)

Craig Whitehead (Chief Executive, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and incoming Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Symphony Orchestra)

Emma E. Dunch (Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Symphony Orchestra)

Nicholas Heyward (Managing Director, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra)