Sydney Theatre Company boss to lead National Film and Sound Archive

Ian Bushnell 25 June 2021 1
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia CEO Patrick McIntyre

New CEO of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Patrick McIntyre, comes with broad cultural experience. Photo: Sydney Theatre Company and Nic Walker.

Sydney Theatre Company executive director Patrick McIntyre has been appointed chief executive officer of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA).

Mr McIntyre has led the Sydney Theatre Company for the past 11 years, and comes with broad experience in the cultural sector, including with the Sydney Film Festival.

He replaces Jan Muller, who resigned in December 2020 to return to his family in the Netherlands after three-and-a-half years at the helm.

Outgoing chair of the NFSA board, Gabrielle Trainor, said Mr McIntyre will bring to his new role a deep appreciation of Australian storytelling, a love of our film and music culture, exceptional leadership skills and entrepreneurship, and a record of growing connection with audiences.

“Attracting a person of Patrick’s calibre to the NFSA is exciting for us and for all the national cultural institutions,” she said.

“The NFSA – whose work in collecting, preserving and creating access to our audiovisual memory sits at the intersection of culture and digital technology – has great opportunities ahead.

“Patrick’s respect for the work of the archive together with his vision will take us further along our transformation from a collecting institution to an even more vibrant participant in our national cultural life.”

Mr McIntyre previously held executive roles with the Australian Ballet and Sydney Film Festival, in addition to senior marketing roles with Sydney Dance Company and the Sydney Opera House Trust.

A graduate from the University of Technology Sydney (BA in Communications), Mr McIntyre is a member of the national industry peak body, Live Performance Australia Executive Council.

He has served on the board of SCOPE for Artists and was a member of the NSW Creative Industries Task Force.

Mr McIntyre will start in the role at NFSA in October 2021.

Chief operating officer Nancy Eyers will continue as acting CEO until Mr McIntyre commences, supported by head of collection Jacqui Uhlmann, and chief engagement officer Matt Ravier, and their teams.

Ms Trainor, who has ended her maximum allowable term of nine years, said she is sad to depart but her time has been transformative.

“It has been immensely gratifying to see the NFSA cementing our credentials as a leader in digital audiovisual culture,” she said.

“I thank the ministers and departmental officials, my fellow board members, the many others in creative industries, and the wonderful NFSA executives and team members during those years for the privilege of working with them.”

NFSA chair of the finance committee, Caroline Elliott, will act as NFSA chair.


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Stephen Saunders Stephen Saunders 8:02 pm 28 Jun 21

Muller seemed to come and go with little trace, despite his early big statements. Before him, NFSA had a world-class film screening program, which was canned for no good reason.

McIntyre could do a lot worse than revive this program if he really wants “growing connection with audiences”. The main NFSA theatre is terrific, and sits there doing nothing much.

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