Outgoing Chair
Liz Grainger

The Board of Arena Theatre Company wishes to announce that Liz Grainger has stepped down as Chair of the Board after two years, having served as an Arena Director since May 2013.

The Board wholeheartedly thanks and congratulates Liz for her dedication and service, particularly her extraordinary stewardship of the Company’s financial governance which spanned a significant period during which Arena, with 50-year ties to Melbourne, relocated to Bendigo.

“I am pleased to have had the opportunity to be involved with such a remarkable company, and its people, and I look forward to following the next stage in Arena’s history, albeit at a distance,” Ms Grainger said.


New Arena Chair
Jon Anstey

Having joined the Arena Board in 2018, Barkers Creek resident Jon Anstey has been elected as the new Chair with immediate effect.    

“Arena is a vital and vibrant theatre maker with a long and excellent history. I feel privileged to lead the directors of this company as we continue to make rich and meaningful, original theatre for children,” he said.

ABOUT JON ANSTEY: Jon has had a distinguished career in law, finance and strategy both overseas and in Australia. He has worked for the United Nations in Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Pakistan. Most recently Jon was the Executive General Manager of Insight and Innovation at Coliban Water. Jon is passionate about the community and also serves on the boards of the Australian Conservation Foundation, Castlemaine District Community Health, and Lot 19 Gallery Art Collective.


New Board member
Liahn Nortje

The Arena Board is also pleased to announce the appointment of Liahn Nortjé. In welcoming Mr Nortjé to the Board, Chair Jon Anstey noted the extensive senior finance and leadership experience he will bring to the Company.

“Liahn brings a broad depth of financial knowledge to the Board at a time when we are continuing to develop Arena as an award winning, regionally based theatre company,” Mr Anstey said.

ABOUT LIAHN NORTJÉ: Liahn is the Chief Finance Officer at Film Victoria, supporting the film, television and digital games sectors of Victoria. Liahn is a member of CPA Australia, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and is a Board Director of Arts Assist.