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)
  • Julia Dnistrianski
  • Mary Hamilton
  • Tony Smith
  • Sandy Verschoor, Lord Mayor of Adelaide
  • Christine Zeitz
  • 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
Head of Public Affairs Ruth Sibley
Technical Manager Moira Hay
Associate Director of Programming Rebecca Pearce
Associate Director of Marketing  Dani Ricciardi
Associate Director of Brand & Customer Experience Yolanda Sulser
Creative Director, Cabaret & Commercial Ebony Bott
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 Scenery & Engineering Workshop Mike Price
Manager Digital & Social Kacy Ratta
Manager Corporate Partnerships & Events Teresa Whitehorn

Adelaide Festival Centre Produced Festivals

Adelaide French Festival Creative Director Rebecca Pearce
DreamBIG Children's Festival Creative Producer Susannah Sweeney
Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Julia Zemiro 
Adelaide Guitar Festival Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan
OzAsia Festival Artistic Director  Annette Shun Wah

Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation Board

  • Legh Davis (Chair)
  • Kate Abraham
  • Cathy Chong
  • Cain Cooke
  • Janet Crawford
  • Kathryn House
  • Penny Johnson
  • Tony Smith
  • Miranda Starke
  • John Sulan QC
  • John Taplin
  • Lauren Zwaans
  • Joan Hardy OAM (Patron)