We acknowledge the traditional owners and sovereign custodians of the land on which Collingwood Yards is situated, the Wurundjeri people of the Woiwurrung language group. We extend our respect to their Ancestors and all First Peoples and Elders past, present, and future.

Contemporary Arts Precincts is delighted to welcome new Chair Miriam Silva

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Miriam is an experienced board director with more than 25 years’ corporate experience managing large and geographically diverse teams across multiple industries including pharmaceuticals, banking and agriculture.

Her influence extends across business, Government, media, Muslim and broader Australian communities.

Miriam is delighted to take on the new role, which which will be added to her already impressive and extensive experience working with Boards and Committees. These include Chair inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, SA Film Corporation, Malek Fahd Islamic School, Crescent Institute & Crescent Finance and CEDA.

Miriam was previously a board member of the Islamic Museum of Australia and University of SA Council. Miriam is a member of the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll (2011), one of the inaugural 100 AFR Australian Women of Influence, winner of the Governor’s Multicultural Award for the Private Sector 2012, and Multicultural Patron for the SA Police Academy and Patron for the International Women’s Day Committee of SA Inc.

Miriam is a passionate community leader and volunteers with several organisations including Muslim Women’s Association and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

“I am delighted to welcome Miriam to guide this next stage of the Collingwood Yards story,” said Sophie Travers, CEO.

“Her comprehensive governance experience across the private, public and cultural sector will provide the breadth of vision and values that will help us to thrive.”

“The Contemporary Arts Precincts Board is thrilled to welcome Miriam,” said Esther Anatolitis, Deputy Chair.

“With thanks to Interim Chair, Stephen Carpenter, a thorough and inclusive process yielded a range of strong candidates. As the board continues its renewal process over the coming year, we look forward to welcoming new voices who are equally committed the values Collingwood Yards embodies.”

Miriam succeeds Founding Chair Daniel Besen, who stepped down in March after six successful years in the role overseeing the establishment of Collingwood Yards. Having begun her preliminary briefings and meetings, Miriam Silva formally commences her tenure as Chair, Contemporary Arts Precincts, at the Tuesday 30 November board meeting.

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