Kim Williams has had a long involvement in the arts, entertainment and media industries here and overseas and has held various executive leadership positions since the late 1970s including as Chief Executive at NewsCorp Australia, FOXTEL, Fox Studios Australia, the Australian Film Commission, Southern Star Entertainment and Musica Viva Australia and also as a senior executive at the ABC.
He has also held numerous board positions and chairmanships in commercial and public life over more than three decades including as Chairman of the Australian Film Finance Corporation (which he founded in 1988; Chairman of MCN – the subscription television industry’s major advertising sales company; Chairman of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and of Musica Viva Australia; and most recently as the Chairman of the Sydney Opera House Trust from 2005 until 2013.
He was appointed as a Member in the Order of Australia in June 2006 for his services to the arts and public policy formulation in the film and television industries. In October 2009 he was awarded a Doctorate of Letters (Honoris Causa) by Macquarie University for his contribution to the arts and entertainment industry in Australia and internationally.
He is a previous recipient of the Richard Pratt Business Arts Leadership Award from the Australian Business Arts Foundation and the Australian Writers Guild’s Dorothy Crawford Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession. Presently he is a member of many board including:- the Australian National Academy of Music, the University of Western Sydney Foundation, the Myer Foundation and serves as a Commissioner of the Australian Football League.
Mr Williams is currently applying his extensive professional experience in varied professional advisory and teaching assignments and as a director in diverse governance roles in commerce and the not for profit sector.