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Leadership at Bangarra: Welcome to Louise Ingram

As we navigate through times of change and growth, it is with mixed emotions that we said goodbye to Ken Markwell as Executive Director, effective 20 October 2023. The Board and Ken have agreed that he would step down as Executive Director to discharge his cultural / family responsibilities and undertake other professional pursuits. We thank Ken for his time and contributions to the company and wish him well on his future endeavours. 

Today we announce Louise Ingram as our new Executive Director, a role she will undertake alongside her responsibilities as co-CEO with Artistic Director Frances Rings. Louise's journey with Bangarra began last year as Chief Financial Officer, following a significant tenure at the Sydney Opera House as Financial Controller. Her previous experience as interim Executive Director from December 2022 to April this year has already demonstrated her profound understanding of our mission. As co-CEOs, Louise and Frances will jointly steer Bangarra's strategic vision, heralding a new era in our company's vibrant history and continuing our commitment to championing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices.

This leadership transition marks an exciting period for Bangarra as we continue to celebrate and honour the rich heritage of Indigenous Australia. We trust that you will join us in extending a warm welcome to Louise.

“As we bid farewell to Ken Markwell and thank him for his leadership, we are excited to embark on this new chapter with Louise Ingram and Frances Rings at the helm. Their combined expertise and vision are perfectly aligned with Bangarra’s dedication to championing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices.”

Phillipa McDermott, Bangarra Chair