Aussie John takes on Aussie icon

by Mackenzie McCarty30 Sep 2013

Aussie Home Loans founder, John Symond, will succeed Kim Williams as chairman of the Sydney Opera House Trust on October 4.

Symond joined the Trust in January, 2012 and Williams predicts his succession will be an easy one, due to his previous involvement.

 “John Symond’s time on the trust [will] ensure a smooth transition. He is already familiar with the challenges and opportunities and will provide excellent leadership in securing the future of one of the world’s leading cultural institutions.”

The Sydney Opera House is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary – something which Williams believes provides an important moment for reflection.

“[However,] I am eager that it should be about the future of this magnificent building which has done so much to secure Australia’s modern cultural positioning and it is therefore an opportune time for the new Chair to assume office.”

Symond is thrilled with the new role, calling it an honour.

"The Sydney Opera House Trust presides over a vibrant arts calendar and an iconic building which is the envy of the world. It is an honour to be appointed the trust chairman - made even more so, considering that I take over from Kim Williams after eight highly successful years of service, dedication and leadership by him.

“Kim was made for the job of Opera House chairman. He is a passionate and generous supporter of the performing arts, a talented composer, musician and arts administrator and a distinguished businessman - big shoes to fill!"