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Margaret Seares

Honorary Research Fellow

University of Western Australia
M200 35 Stirling Highway
WA 6009


Margaret Seares retired from her position of Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at The University of Western Australia in December 2008.

She holds a PhD from UWA in Music. From 1991-1995 she was Head of the School of Music, and Deputy Chair of the Academic Board at UWA; and from 1994-5 she was a member of the University Senate, the governing body.

In 1995, she accepted a two-year secondment to the position of CEO with the West Australian Department for the Arts (now the Department for Culture and the Arts). During this time she was a member of the boards of the Western Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of WA, the Perth Theatre Trust, Opera Australia, and of the Advisory Board of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

In 1997, she was appointed to a 4-year term as Chair of the Australia Council, the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory agency. In addition to membership of the Australia Council, she was a member of the foreign Minister's Australia International Cultural Council and a Director of the Australia Business Arts Foundation.

Since completion of her term as Chair of the Australia Council she has been a member of the Board of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, of the Australia-Japan Foundation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Arts Advisory Committee (of which she was Chair), the Expert Advisory Committee for Humanities and Creative Arts for the Australian Research Council, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Perth International Arts Festival She was Chair of the National Collections Advisory Forum and of the National Music Education Review. She is a member of the Australian Government's Education Investment Fund and of the National Research Infrastructure Council.

In 2003, Professor Seares was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her contribution to the arts and education.