9 February 2017

Peak body announces new CEO

Arts Access Australia (AAA), the peak national body for arts and disability in Australia is pleased to welcome its new Chief Executive Officer Meagan Shand.

Ms Shand replaces outgoing CEO Emma Bennison who, after almost four years leading the organisation, takes on the role of Executive Officer with Blind Citizens Australia, the national consumer organisation of Australians who are blind or vision-impaired.

AAA’s Deputy Chair Jacqueline Hornjik says that while the board are obviously sad to see Emma leave after witnessing her incredible determination to advocate for arts & disability, they are equally excited by the prospect of what Ms Shand will bring.

“Meagan’s experience in the disability sector, coupled with her passion for the arts makes her a perfect fit to lead the organisation.” Deputy Chair Ms Hornjik says.

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AAA Chair Mallika Macleod said that the decision to appoint Meagan was based on a number of critical factors.

“Ms Shand was selected from an incredibly impressive group of candidates due to her steadfast advocacy for the disability sector in all areas of her employment, her expertise and strong track record in leadership and management and of course her passion for the arts. Ms Shand is also an artist with disability, a critical component to understanding all Arts Access Australia stands for.”

“I am looking forward to working with Ms Shand and the Board to ensure a smooth transition leading up to Meeting Place in March” said Ms Macleod.

Ms Shand’s first official responsibility will be the opening of Meeting Place in Perth, the national forum for arts & disability held in partnership with Perth International Arts Festival and DADAA on Thursday 2 March, 2017.