WASO announces Richard Goyder as new chairman

Asher Fisch,  Janet Holmes  Court and Richard Goyder at WASO rehearsal.
Asher Fisch, Janet Holmes Court and Richard Goyder at WASO rehearsal.

RICHARD GOYDER will succeed Janet Holmes Court as chairman of WA Symphony Orchestra (WASO), a position she has held for the past 20 years.

“I want to pay tribute to the immense contribution Janet Holmes Court has made to the arts over a very long period,” Goyder said.

“Her legacy is one of extraordinary leadership and personal generosity that have helped develop WASO into becoming one of the state’s cultural gems.

“We have a world-class orchestra under one of the best chief conductors on the planet in Asher Fisch.”

Goyder is no stranger to WASO, having been a member of the board from 2003-2007.

He is also chairman-elect of Woodside Petroleum, a Director of Qantas and Chairman of the AFL Commission.

Holmes Court, who will remain on the board at the new chairman’s request, said she was delighted Goyder had agreed to take on the role.

“A vibrant arts scene is critical for a thriving community, and I’m thrilled Richard has decided to assume the leadership of the state’s premier performing arts company,” she said.

“I am excited to hand the baton to Richard, and at leaving WASO in what I regard as the most capable hands of any person in Australia.”

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