Another member of staff is leaving Queensland Symphony Orchestra, in addition to the 26 full-time and part-time staff who have departed the organisation in the past 21 months amid claims of a toxic workplace.
Chairman Greg Wanchap confirmed to Daily Review yesterday (read here) that QSO’s current Director – Human Resource will leave the organisation in the next three months. Daily Review reported that the Director was told the position would no longer be available, but Wanchap said it was a “mutual decision” and part of a company restructure.
Wanchap himself will be leaving the role of QSO Chairman at the end of this year, having served on the Board since 2000 and as Chairman since 2008.
In an interview with Limelight last week (read here), Wanchap denied claims of low morale, welcomed a statement of support of Music Director Alondra de la Parra and Chief Executive David Pratt from the section principals of the orchestra, and emphasised that of the 26 people who have left in the last 21 months, 16 of them left before Pratt and De la Parra joined the Orchestra.
In the interview with Daily Review, Wanchap again categorically denied claims of low morale, saying: “We have a culture of inclusiveness, openness and speaking up.” He also said that QSO would be announcing a surplus for 2017.
In happier news, Wanchap confirmed rumours of De la Parra’s pregnancy with her second child. She will go on maternity leave next week – hence plans for her to spend 18 weeks with QSO in the second half of next year, between July and the end of November as reported by Limelight.