Our management team

Adelaide Festival Centre is a statutory authority under the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust Act 1971, created by an Act of Parliament. 

Adelaide Festival Centre funds over 70% of its operating costs through earned revenue including box office, catering, ticketing (through Adelaide Festival Centre’s BASS), venue hire, meetings and conference business as well as scenery building and engineering workshops. The South Australian Government contributes approximately 30% of Adelaide Festival Centre’s revenue.

Adelaide Festival Centre Trustees

  • Jim Hazel (Chair)
  • Mitchell Butel
  • Julia Knight
  • Jacqui McGill AO
  • Tony Smith
  • Sandy Verschoor, Lord Mayor of Adelaide
  • Steven Woolhouse
  • Maggie Zhou

Adelaide Festival Centre Management

CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM
Chief Operating & Financial Officer  Carlo D’Ortenzio
Director of Programming, Development & Venue Sales Liz Hawkins
Director of Marketing, Sales & Audience Engagement Kristen Eckhardt
Director of Production & Technical Moira Hay
Creative Director, Cabaret & Commercial Alex Sinclair
Manager, Ticketing Natalie Adam
Manager, Publicity & Content Francesca Belperio
Manager, Venue Sales Paul Drennan
Manager, Finance & Business Support Christine Dunthorne
Manager, Human Resources Claire George
Manager, Digital & Social Julia George
Manager, WHS & Risk Carolyn Laffin
Manager, Scenery & Engineering Workshop Mike Price
Manager, Philanthropy Abbie Taylor
Manager, Commercial Partnerships, Hospitality & Events Teresa Whitehorn

Adelaide Festival Centre Produced Festivals

Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Alan Cumming
Adelaide Guitar Festival Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan
OzAsia Festival Artistic Director  Annette Shun Wah
DreamBIG Children's Festival Creative Producer  Susannah Sweeney

Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation Board

  • Miranda Starke (Chair)
  • Cathy Chong
  • Cain Cooke
  • Janet Crawford
  • Sheryn Foord
  • Rupert Hallam
  • Kathryn House AM
  • Penny Johnson
  • Legh Davis (Patron)
  • Joan Hardy OAM (Patron)