The Australian Ballet

Libby Christie AM

Former Executive Director

Libby Christie

Libby Christie AM

Libby Christie was appointed to the position of Executive Director of The Australian Ballet in July 2013.

Prior to taking up her current role at The Australian Ballet, she acted as CEO of the Australia Council from December 2012 to May 2013, and prior to that occupied the position of Executive Director of Arts Funding at the Australia Council for the Arts from 2009 to 2012. In this position she was responsible for funding programs supporting and promoting the practice and enjoyment of Australian arts in the fields of music, literature, visual arts, theatre, dance, community partnerships and emerging and experimental arts.

From 2003 to 2009 Libby was Managing Director of the Sydney Symphony. In addition to its mainstage performances at the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Symphony’s annual program includes composer commissioning, an extensive education program to develop appreciation of music among new and young audiences, an internationally recognised young and emerging artist development program and regular regional and international tours.

A graduate in Arts and Adult Education from Sydney University and the Canberra College of Advanced Education (now University of Canberra), Libby started her career in the further education and tertiary education sector where she worked as an adult educator in the ACT.

Before joining the Sydney Symphony, Libby held senior management roles in the technology and telecommunications sector. From 2000 to 2002 Libby was President for the Asia Pacific region for the global leader in online recruitment, Prior to this role, she held senior positions in sales, marketing and business development in the Australian telecommunications industry in both Optus Communications and Telstra.

Libby left The Australian Ballet at the end of 2022, after almost a decade with the company.