The Powerhouse has welcomed Mark Wilsdon to the new role of
Chief Operating Officer during a transformational period of

Mr Wilsdon brings over 30 years of experience in the arts,
cultural, tourism and hospitality sectors, including an
exceptionally successful tenure as the founding Co-CEO of the
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) where he oversaw the
establishment and extraordinary growth of the world-renowned

As a highly respected industry leader Mr Wilsdon brings strong
financial and commercial acumen as well as significant
expertise in the delivery of visitor experience strategies.
Mr Wilsdon begins the role at the Powerhouse in November
and will be central to the transformation of the museum across
its sites including the new flagship Powerhouse Parramatta,
the renewal of Powerhouse Ultimo and the expansion of
Powerhouse Castle Hill.

Mark Wilsdon said: “I am honoured to take up this role. Being a driving force in the  realisation of David Walsh’s vision for Mona in Tasmania has  helped me understand, and deeply respect, the powerful  impact that cultural activity can have on communities. I am very excited by the opportunity to play my part in the
transformation of the Powerhouse — supporting social and
economic growth for Greater Sydney too.”

“I believe the success of cultural institutions is inextricably
linked to community ownership and the Powerhouse renewal
across its sites presents an incredible opportunity to deliver
world leading cultural experiences for the people of NSW, as
well as visitors from across Australia and around the world.”

Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah said:  “I am thrilled to welcome a cultural leader of Mark’s calibre to the Powerhouse during this transformative period in the  museum’s history.”

“We will set a new benchmark in visitor experience across our
sites and Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit and experience aligning commercial operations with dynamic cultural programming will  be instrumental in achieving that vision.”


Featured image : Mark Wilson, the  new Chief Operating Office  at the Powerhouse