Stephen Carpenter takes on the role of Acting Chair of Melbourne Recital Centre’s Board of Directors following the retirement of Kathryn Fagg. Ms Fagg was Chair of Melbourne Recital Centre from 2010 to 2019.
During Ms Fagg’s tenure, the Centre significantly grew both the number events and the size of the audience, from 320 events to over 600 per year and, while attendance grew from 133,000 to almost 200,000 per year. The growth was generated in part by a strategic diversification of the program to bring in a broader cross-section of music-lovers, including audiences for pop, rock and other contemporary genres. The Centre’s Public Fund endowment also grew from $3 million to $10 million thanks to increased philanthropy and commercial revenue.
Ms Fagg has reached the maximum number of re-appointments to the Melbourne Recital Centre Board and Chaired her final meeting in February. A donor and advocate of the Centre, Ms Fagg will continue her relationship with the Centre as a member of its passionate audiences.
Stephen Carpenter, Acting Chair, has been a member of the Melbourne Recital Centre Board since 2012, and is the Chair of the Centre’s Governance Audit and Risk Committee. Mr Carpenter is a Senior Partner at KPMG (Melbourne) in the National Deal Advisory business specialising in Australian and international corporate tax. He was named Chartered Tax Adviser of the Year 2018 by the Tax Institute of Australia. Mr Carpenter brings extensive governance experience in the not-for-profit sector, and is also a member of the Board of Contemporary Arts Precincts Ltd.
The Centre’s new Chair will be announced by the Victorian Government and Melbourne Recital Centre in the coming months.