Mr Collette (NSW) held the position of
Chief Executive of Opera Australia, Australia’s largest performing arts company
for 16 years.
He also worked in book publishing for a decade, including as Managing Director,
Reed Books, a Division of Reed Elsevier. His previous role of
Vice-Principal (Engagement) at the University of Melbourne included the
oversight of the University’s museums and galleries and its many arts sector
partnerships. He served on the Australia Council Board since 1 July 2013.
He was made
a member of the Order of Australia in 2008 for service to the performing arts
particularly through executive roles with Opera Australia, as a mentor to young
artists, to publishing and to the community.