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Minister pays tribute to director general

16 Apr 2013
Allanah Lucas and David Attenborough at the  WA Museum

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today announced that Director General of the Department of Culture and the Arts, Allanah Lucas has decided to not seek reappointment to her role and will undertake a different role in the public sector.

The Minister said he greatly valued the advice and assistance Ms Lucas provided to him and the Government over the past four and half years.

“Allanah’s knowledge of, and experiences in, the arts sector has been invaluable during a period of significant developments,” the Minister said.

“She has played a pivotal role in managing the ever present financial pressures whilst also leading in the ongoing growth of a vibrant and active arts sector in Western Australia.”

In 1999, Ms Lucas was appointed director ArtsWA, after having worked in a variety of roles in the sector in both Australia and the United Kingdom. In 2004, she was made the acting Museum CEO, leading the relocation of Museum staff and State collections to the Collections and Research Centre in Welshpool.

Following this she was appointed Executive Director Development and Strategy in 2005, before promotion to the position of Director General of the Department in 2008.

The Minister said Ms Lucas has been at the forefront of successful cross government partnerships in Arts and Education, Arts and Disability and Indigenous Arts programs.

“Allanah guided the planning and delivery of cultural infrastructure, the most significant being the delivery of the State Theatre Centre in 2011,” he said.

“She has also played an important role in the first stages of planning for the new Western Australian Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre.

“I thank Allanah for her invaluable advice and assistance and wish her all the best in her future career pursuits.”