​Wendy McCarthy steps down as Circus Oz Chair

Wendy McCarthy retired at the end of October after nine years as Chair, with fellow board member Nick Yates taking on the role for the next 2 years.


​Wendy McCarthy steps down as Circus Oz Chair

Circus Oz General Manager Lou Oppenheim paid tribute, “Wendy has stewarded a period of significanttransition for Circus Oz. On the strength of her passionate and committed leadership we are poised foran exciting and creative future.”

Mr Yates has extensive board and executive leadership experience ranging from ASX listed entities tonot-for-profit organisations in the arts and education sectors including six years as Chair of the children’scancer charity, RedKite.

With a successful career in the construction, property and facilities management industries, Mr Yates iscurrently Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BSA Limited, a communications, constructionand technical services business.

“Nick has made a significant contribution to Circus Oz since joining the Board six years ago, particularly in assisting with the design and commissioning of our new custom-built circus home in Collingwood,generously funded by the Victorian State Government,” Ms McCarthy said.

In addition, Ms McCarthy announced that Tanya Hosch will join the Circus Oz Board.

Ms Hosch is currently the General Manager, Inclusion and Social Policy with the Australian FootballLeague, Chair of PWC Coopers Indigenous Consulting, a member of the NAB Indigenous Advisory groupand Director of the Indigenous Land Corporation.

A Torres Strait Islander woman, Ms Hosch recently served as Joint Campaign Director and the public faceof the RECOGNISE campaign and is a former board member of several organisations, including theBangarra Dance Theatre.

“I am delighted that Circus Oz will once again have a person who identifies as First Nations at the boardlevel, and that someone of Tanya’s corporate and board experience has decided to join us,” MsMcCarthy said.

Ms McCarthy said that she had thoroughly enjoyed her time with Circus Oz, particular highlights beingthe funding and development of a permanent purpose-built home for Circus Oz and the introduction ofthe two key professional development programs; Strong Women focused on emerging female artists;

and BLAKflip for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers. She oversaw a significant transition inthe leadership of Circus Oz, specifically the appointment of a new General Manager who joined thecompany in 2013 and new Artistic Director in 2016.

“I will miss the energy and creativity of the company but feel confident that it will continue to grow anddo great things under its new leadership. I wish Circus Oz the best of luck,” Ms McCarthy said.