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

  • Michael Abbott AO QC (Chair)
  • Jim Hazel (Deputy Chair)
  • Mary Hamilton
  • Phil Hoffmann AM
  • Carolyn Mitchell
  • Tony Smith
  • Kate Thiele
  • Sandy Verschoor

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
Head of Public Affairs Ruth Sibley
Head of Digital Greg Adams
Associate Director of Programming Rebecca Pearce
Executive Producer, Cabaret & Commercial Ebony Bott
Technical Manager Chris Searle
Manager Ticketing Natalie Adam
Manager Philanthropy Robyn Brown
Manager Food & Beverage Ashlesha Chandran
Manager Finance & Business Support Christine Dunthorne
Manager Human Resources Claire George
Manager WHS & Risk Carolyn Laffin
Manager Marketing & Customer Experience Yolanda Sulser

Adelaide Festival Centre Produced Festivals

Adelaide French Festival 2019 Creative Director Rebecca Pearce
DreamBIG Children's Festival 2019 Creative Producer Susannah Sweeney
Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019 Artistic Director Julia Zemiro 
OzAsia Festival 2019 Artistic Director  Joseph Mitchell
Adelaide Guitar Festival 2020 Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan

Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation Board

  • Legh Davis (Chair)
  • Angela Condous
  • Cain Cooke
  • Penny Johnson
  • Lousia McClurg
  • John Sulan QC
  • John Taplin
  • Marion Tropeano
  • Dr Joe Verco AM
  • Lauren Zwaans
  • Joan Hardy OAM (Patron)