Creative Industry Minister Steve Dimopoulos on Thursday announced the nine-member board of directors of Melbourne Arts Precinct Corporation (MAP Co) – the entity leading the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation project.
“This history-making and city-building project will elevate Melbourne into a global creative and cultural city,” said Creative Industry Minister Steve Dimopoulos.
“I look forward to working with the board to bring our vision to life. Its members bring together diverse skills and experience in finance, infrastructure, governance, First Peoples engagement, social justice and the creative industries.”
Among the appointees, Peter Konidaris, national managing partner for PwC’s Government, Health and Infrastructure operations, was responsible for managing the company’s relationships with some of the largest organizations in Australia. His expertise brings people and clients together to help solve key issues facing Melbourne.
As a Client Lead Partner for PwC’s Victorian Government practice, he works with public and private sector clients to create smart, liveable and prosperous communities. His many hats include a Fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia and a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Mr Konidaris holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and has been admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister at Law in Victoria. He is also the director of the Melbourne Board of Directors Committee, The Marian and EH Flack Trust, and a councilor for the Victorian Police Blue Ribbon Foundation.
Along with eight other esteemed board members, he will oversee the revitalization of the district, including The Fox: NGV Contemporary, along with an extensive refurbishment of Arts Center Melbourne’s iconic State Theater and the addition of new cafes, restaurants and 18,000 square feet new green public space .
MAP Co will also operate and manage Fed Square and, when completed, will connect the district, public space and shared services that support NGV and Arts Center.
The board is chaired by company director and chartered accountant James MacKenzie, chairman of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation, the Suburban Rail Loop Authority Board and Slater & Gordon Lawyers. Mr MacKenzie was Chairman of the Interim Melbourne Arts Precinct Board.
The board members of MAP Co:
Peter Konidaris, national managing partner for PwC’s Government, Health and Infrastructure business
Paul Barker, member of the Victorian Arts Center Trust and former chairman of Fed Square Pty Ltd
Cath Bowtell, CEO of Industry Fund Services and Chairman of the Royal Women’s Hospital Board
Aneetha de Silva, Managing Director Government for Aurecon Group
Belinda Duarte, CEO of Culture is Life and former Co-Chair of Reconciliation Victoria
Tony Ellwood AM, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria
Ari Suss, CEO of Fox Special Projects Group
Christine Wyatt, Independent City Strategist and Vice Chair of the Suburban Rail Loop Authority Board