Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah has been appointed Chief Executive of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. She assumes the role in January 2019, succeeding Dolla Merrillees who stepped down in July. Havilah will have the responsibility of overseeing the Powerhouse Museum’s controversial move to its new home in Parramatta, slated to open in 2023.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Lisa to this crucial role,” says NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin. “There is no doubt her wealth of experience puts her in a class of her own. MAAS’s future, in particular the move of the Powerhouse Museum requires expert governance – I have total confidence Lisa is the person for the job.”

“With eight years at Carriageworks, six years of experience as Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre and six years at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Lisa understands Western Sydney and the vibrant arts and culture sector that is growing daily in the West,” Harwin added.

“I am honoured to join MAAS at this important stage of this museum’s transformation and look forward to delivering great outcomes for the communities of NSW,” said Havilah. “I am proud of the extraordinary things that have been achieved with the Board and staff of Carriageworks over the past eight years which has seen it become the fastest growing cultural precinct in Australia.”

Havilah was named Director of Carriageworks in 2011. Under her leadership, it was awarded  the prestigious NSW Creative Laureate by the state government in 2016, and in 2017 welcomed 1.32 million visitors. Prior to that, Havilah was Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre from 2005 to 2011, and was Assistant Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre from 1998 to 2004.