CHASS appoints Executive Director

CHASS appoints Executive Director

Statement by Professor Stuart Cunningham, President of Council of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences.

It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Helen O’Neil as Executive Director of the Council for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS) for a term of three years from 27 October 2008.

After a thorough search process, CHASS is delighted that Helen has agreed to accept this position. Helen has outstanding qualifications and experience for the position. As Executive Director of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group since 2001, she has proven strengths in public policy and the creative arts and demonstrated advocacy and leadership skills. I am confident she will manage the Council’s work and represent the humanities, arts, and social sciences with great commitment and professionalism.

Helen is well known to CHASS members as she has served on the CHASS board with us for the past year. She resigned from the board to formally stand as a candidate for the Executive Director position.

As CHASS embarks on a new phase of its development it is important we have an energetic and capable executive team to drive the considerable agenda before us.

CHASS members recently met to focus on renewing goals for the sector and the Council itself at a time of major policy reform and review in Australia. They also discussed how to increase their contribution to solving public policy and industry problems using Australia’s considerable HASS strengths in research, education and professional practice areas. I believe the Council will play a dynamic role in this period of change.

Helen O’Neil said: “It has been exciting to be involved with the shared challenges before the humanities, arts and social sciences. I look forward to working with Council members in strengthening their networks and acting as their advocate.”

For more information, please contact:
Fenja Theden-Ringl
Research and Policy Officer
Council of the Humanties, Arts and Social Sciences
Phone: +61 2 6201 2559