Simon Mordant reappointed as MCA chairman

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by M.C.A. on Monday 13 May 2013.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia has announced that MCA Chairman Simon Mordant AM has been reappointed for a further three-year term. Simon has been a practising corporate adviser in Australia since 1984 having trained as a Chartered Accountant in London. In 2010, the Mordant's donated $15 million dollars to the MCA.

Simon Mordant has been Chairman of the Board of the MCA since July 2010. In 2007, he was appointed Chairman of the MCA Foundation which was re-established to raise funds for the $53 million capital campaign for the expansion of the Museum. He and his wife Catriona donated $15 million to the
redevelopment, helping to secure additional donations from the private sector. Along with the support of the Federal, State and Local Governments, the Mordants’ pledge was instrumental in securing the new MCA.

MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE said of the reappointment: ‘Simon has been truly visionary in his support of the MCA. Indeed he has been involved since the very beginning, chairing the Finance Committee from 1996–1999. He and Catriona’s commitment to the MCA redevelopment was unprecedented for the visual arts. His leadership is invaluable and I am delighted that he has committed to the MCA for a further term.’

Simon Mordant said: ‘I am honoured to have been reappointed as Chair. The redevelopment has propelled the MCA into a world class position, full of new possibilities for art in the digital age. The MCA is a truly ambitious and entrepreneurial organisation and I am excited to work with Liz Ann and her team and the Board in delivering on our plans on deepening engagement with artists and audiences.’


Simon Mordant is Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Greenhill & Co., Inc., a leading independent corporate advisory firm. Simon specialises in advising local and multinational companies and Government on their capital markets strategy and mergers and acquisitions.

Simon is a passionate collector of contemporary art with a long history of benefaction to the Arts. He is Australian Commissioner for the 2013 and 2015 Venice Biennale, a director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a member of the Leadership Council of the New Museum and a member of the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, a member of the Executive Committee of the Tate
International Council, a Director of the Sydney Theatre Company and the Garvan Research Foundation, a member of the Wharton Executive Board for Asia and was Deputy President of Takeover Panel 2000-2010.

Simon was awarded an AM, being made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for
‘Services to the Arts and to the cultural environment of Australia through philanthropic and executive roles,
and to the community’