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Michael Lynch (arts administrator)

Michael Francis Lynch CBE AO (born 1950) is an Australian arts administrator.

Michael Lynch

CEO of the WKCDA
Assuming office
July 2011
Appointed byHenry Tang (Chairman of the WKCDA)
SucceedingGraham Sheffield
Personal details
Born1950 (age 68–69)
Spouse(s)Chrissy Sharp
PortfolioCEO of the Southbank Centre
CEO of the Sydney Opera House
GM of the Australia Council
GM of the Sydney Theatre Company


Lynch was General Manager of the Sydney Theatre Company 1989-94. He was then General Manager of the Australia Council, the Federal Government's arts funding and advisory body, 1994-98. In 1998 he became director of the Sydney Opera House, and from 2002 to 2009 he was chief executive of the South Bank Centre in London.

Lynch has overseen the successful rehabilitation of the Royal Festival Hall, which was re-opened in October 2007 by The Queen (King George VI having opened the original building in 1951).

In March 2009, Lynch was appointed a director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.[1] He is also a member of the Board of Film Victoria.[2]

On 27 May 2011, Lynch was appointed as CEO of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority by the Hong Kong Government.[3]


Lynch was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)[4] in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2001 for services to arts administration (principally as General Manager of the Australia Council) and in 2008 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Birthday Honours.[5] In the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2017, Lynch was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).[6]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 December 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Our Board - Film Victoria". 26 May 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  3. ^ "West Kowloon Cultural District". Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  4. ^ "It's an Honour - Honours - Search Australian Honours". 11 June 2001. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  5. ^ "No. 58729". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2008. p. 7.
  6. ^ "Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia" (PDF). Retrieved 13 June 2017.