Claire Spencer

Claire Spencer AM

Non-Executive Director; Chair People, Remuneration & Nominations Committee

Claire is CEO of Arts Centre Melbourne and since her appointment in November 2014 has steered the organisation through a major restructure to ensure its role as a leader in Melbourne’s cultural precinct. Key projects included: the launch of the Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia TOPA), Australian Music Vault, and the establishment of the Arts Wellbeing Collective, which promotes strong individual wellbeing for those in the sector.

Claire is leading a major redevelopment of Arts Centre Melbourne, including refurbishment of the Theatres Building and the addition of a new campus, an expanded Australian Music Vault, and a major new gallery celebrating Australia’s performing arts history. The project is the centrepiece of a $1 billion transformation of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct.

Claire is also a Member of Chief Executive Women –representing senior women leaders from the corporate, public service, academic and not-for-profit sectors.

Claire has worked in the not for profit sector for 14 years and has a passion for inclusion and the democratising of creative experience, regardless of background, geography or financial means. The transformative power of education is something that is of ongoing interest and the chance to open these opportunities up to young people in the LGBTIQ+ community is what attracted Claire to The Pinnacle Foundation.

Claire lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children.