About

Management


Chief Executive Portrait of Lisa wearing black top and red lipstick in dark studio
Lisa Havilah

Lisa Havilah commenced as Chief Executive of the Powerhouse in January 2019. From 2012 to 2019, Lisa was the Director of Carriageworks. Under her leadership Carriageworks experienced extraordinary audience, artistic and commercial growth, becoming the fastest growing cultural precinct in Australia.

From 2005 to 2011, Lisa was the Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre, pioneering an internationally renowned contemporary arts program that brought together culturally and socially diverse communities, and from 1998 to 2004 was Assistant Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

 


Project Director, Strategy
Powerhouse Program
Alex Bowen

Alex Bowen commenced in the role of Project Director – Strategy, Powerhouse Program in December 2019. From 2017 to 2019 Alex led the development and delivery of arts, screen and cultural strategies and partnerships for Create NSW, including the delivery of the state’s first Cultural Infrastructure Plan 2025.

Previously Alex led the City of Sydney’s extensive cultural programs, projects and major events including the delivery of New Year’s Eve, Art & About, a network of 10 libraries and a suite of programs that supported creatives living and working in the Sydney CBD.

Alex has over 30 years’ experience in the arts and cultural sector as a senior executive across the three tiers of Government, in executive management, strategy and policy development, cultural infrastructure development, business modelling and creative problem solving.

 


Director, Strategic Projects – Powerhouse Progam
Lisa Ffrench

Lisa Ffrench commenced the role Director, Strategic Projects Powerhouse Program in December 2019. Lisa has worked across the arts and cultural sector, major corporate events and politics.

Lisa was previously the Director of Programs at Carriageworks for seven years. Prior to her role at Carriageworks she worked in the Prime Minister’s office where her responsibilities included management of the Prime Minister’s national and international public events.

Lisa brings over 25 years of experience in the arts and cultural sector across museums, theatre, dance, film and television nationally and internationally.

 


Director, First Nations 
Emily McDaniel

Emily McDaniel is an esteemed curator, educator and writer from the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri nation in Central New South Wales.

Emily is the curator of the City of Sydney’s Harbour Walk, a First Nations public art and interpretation strategy and program. As an independent consultant, she has advised on curatorship, engagement, learning and interpretation in the public domain, media and the museums and galleries sector. She has also held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art, Biennale of Sydney and Kaldor Public Art Projects.

McDaniel’s creative and cultural practice centres on truth-telling, storytelling and revealing histories through the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and creative practitioners.

 


Director, Strategy & OperationsSimon Walkom headshot
Powerhouse Program
Simon Walkom

Simon Walkom was appointed to the role of Director, Strategy & Operations, Powerhouse Program in January 2020. Simon joined the Powerhouse from Create NSW where he was managing the strategic development and delivery of key cultural infrastructure projects to ensure the continued success of some of Sydney’s major cultural institutions, including the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, the Australian Museum’s Project Discover and the return of the Theatre Royal.

Prior to Create NSW at the City of Sydney, Simon developed diverse audiences through innovative cultural, public art and major event programming. He brings more than 15 years’ experience across the arts and cultural sector to the role.

 


Director, Campaign
Powerhouse Program
Yvonne Zammit

Yvonne Zammit was appointed to the role of Director, Campaign, Powerhouse Program in March 2020. Yvonne joined the Powerhouse from Opera Australia where, as Director of Corporate Affairs, she managed multiple portfolios including corporate sponsorship and government relations.

Prior to Opera Australia, Yvonne spent 12 years at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and as Director of External Relations she oversaw the areas of philanthropy, corporate sponsorship, government relations and communications.

Yvonne brings more than 15 years’ experience in arts philanthropy and sponsorship to the role.