Adman Rob Morgan becomes chair of the Australia Council

Chris Pash
By Chris Pash | 1 July 2021
Clemenger Group executive chairman, Robert Morgan.

Rob Morgan, executive chair of Clemenger Group and an inductee into the AdNews Advertising Hall of Fame, has been appointed chair of the Australia Council.

He replaces mining executive Sam Walsh who was in the role for past five years.

Morgan, a former director of the Sydney Swans and of Opera Australia, says the council plays a unique and important role in the Australian arts sector.

“It is an honour to be appointed chair of the Australia Council,” he says.

“I have spent my career in a sector focused on creativity and believe deeply in the artistic and creative excellence we have in this country.”

Federal arts minister Paul Fletcher says Morgan will provide critical leadership to the principal arts funding body, and in turn to Australia’s creative and cultural sector.

“Robert Morgan will bring great expertise and passion to the role of Chair of the Australia Council.

“This is a key arts appointment at a key time for the arts sector. COVID hit the sector hard, but rebuilding is well under way, supported by our $200 million RISE fund, our $35 million Sustainability Fund, and many other measures.

“Commonwealth funding for the arts is more than $1 billion in 2021-22 - the first time this level of funding has ever been achieved."


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