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Chris Freeman AM, Chair

Chris was born and educated in Queensland and has extensive directorship and executive management experience in Australia and abroad. This includes work in the listed and unlisted space in the areas of finance, property development, the arts, sports administration and events. During his career he has worked in various roles with governments and councils. 

Within the finance sector he held senior roles nationally and in Queensland in the corporate, property and agribusiness markets. His property development experience extends over many years and includes appointments as Chief Executive, Mirvac in Queensland and then Executive Chair, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

He has passion for sport and the arts. His first appointment in the arts was is 1997 as a Director of the Brisbane Biennial and subsequently Director of Brisbane Festival, followed by a term of six years as Chair of Major BRISBANE’ Festivals. In 2013, he was appointed Chair of the Board, Queensland Performing Arts Trust. He is a past member of the Federal Government’s Major Performing Arts Panel which has the responsibility for funding Australia’s 28 Major performing arts groups. Chris has a long history in Australian Tennis and is the immediate past Chair of Tennis Australia, having served 11 years on the Board.

While he has lived in other states and travelled overseas extensively he resides permanently in Queensland and is strongly motivated by roles and activities which ‘make a difference” to Queensland.