On the move: latest sector appointments

New CEO for Melbourne Recital Centre, new Executive Director for Australasian Dance Collective, and more.

Selected from an outstanding field of candidates, Melbourne Recital Centre’s new CEO, Sandra Willis, is a widely respected, Melbourne-born and raised arts executive.

Willis brings 25 years’ experience in the arts sector to her new role, which she commences in early April. With a career spanning theatrical producing, stage, event and project management, as well as strategic leadership and management, Willis has played a pivotal role in shaping some of Australia’s most noteworthy organisations, including Opera Queensland, Opera Australia, Arena Theatre Company, Oz Opera and Bell Shakespeare.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts