Malthouse Theatre welcomes McGauchie as Chair of the Board

Malthouse Theatre welcomes McGauchie as Chair of the Board

Malthouse Theatre is pleased to welcome Fiona McGauchie as Chair of the Board.
Fiona assumed this key leadership position following our 2017 Annual General Meeting in May.

Fiona is a highly experienced consultant specialising in executive development and leadership and a partner of global talent advisory firm Egon Zehnder. She has had a long association with Malthouse Theatre, as a Malthouse Muse and through pro bono professional advice for the recruitment of the Executive Producer and Artistic Director. Fiona is an experienced board member in the Arts and is also a Director of the Western Bulldogs AFL club.

Fiona says "It is an absolute delight to step into the role of Chair for Malthouse. Following the leadership of the wonderful Michele Levine as Chair, the Malthouse Theatre is match fit to play the role of rebel, bringing irreverence and creativity to the dramatic changes in our world."


Fiona McGauchie is a partner of global executive search firm Egon Zehnder. She joined Egon Zehnder in 2009 to pursue her interest in people, particularly in executive development and leadership. Fiona began her career as a lawyer with Minter Ellison in their Banking & Finance practice, specializing in project finance and public-private partnership infrastructure projects. In 2002 Fiona moved in-house on secondment with Linfox to support the acquisition of Mayne Logistics. She remained with Linfox until 2006 and completed her MBA during that time. In 2006 Fiona moved to Corrs Chambers Westgarth, where she rejoined her former Minter Ellison colleagues working primarily with the Victorian Government on infrastructure projects and the 2009 Bushfire Royal Commission.

While practising as a lawyer, Fiona pursued her interest in the arts through board positions with Linden, Centre for Contemporary Art, St Kilda and with the Centre for Contemporary Photography. Fiona has also been a director of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra. Through her work with Egon Zehnder, Fiona has led CEO searches for many of Melbourne’s major cultural institutions, including: the Arts Centre Melbourne, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Centre for Moving Image and the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Fiona is a proud supporter of the Malthouse Theatre and acted as the independent Chair for Arts Victoria (as it then was) and Malthouse Theatre working party on the financial sustainability of the organization. Fiona also supported Malthouse Theatre on the appointment of its Executive Producer and its Artistic Director. She has also acted as the Independent Chair of a working party with Arts Victoria for Heide Museum.

Fiona and her partner James Penlidis have two sons, Luca, 10 and Van, 7. They are avid fans of the Western Bulldogs AFL team and Fiona has been a director of the Club since 2015. Their son Luca has an intellectual disability and attends the Bayside Special Developmental School and Fiona is a member of the School Council.

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