Adrian is the recently appointed CEO of the Australian Council for the Arts. Mr Collette held the position of Chief Executive of Opera Australia, Australia’s largest performing arts company, for 16 years. He also worked in book publishing for a decade, including as Managing Director, Reed Books, a Division of Reed Elsevier. His previous role of Vice-Principal (Engagement) at the University of Melbourne included the oversight of the University’s museums and galleries and its many arts sector partnerships. He has served on the Australia Council Board since 1 July 2013.
Adrian was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2008 for his services to the performing arts, particularly through executive roles with Opera Australia, as a mentor to young artists, to publishing, and to the community.