New Chair appointed to West Australian Ballet




New Chair appointed to West Australian Ballet


The appointment of Dr Robert Edwardes to the Chair of West Australian Ballet heralds another new chapter for the company, as it embarks on an exciting five year strategic plan.


Dr Edwardes is a civil engineer, and currently Executive Vice President Development for Woodside Energy Ltd. He has had an extensive career in the oil and gas industry in Australia and internationally. He has held a position on the Board of WAB since December 2013. With senior leadership, strategic and planning experience, he is well positioned to lead the company following the retirement of long-term Director, John Langoulant AO.


Former Under Treasurer and leading business figure, Mr Langoulant has seen WAB through many of its greatest highs and lows, including the 1999 Nugent report and its subsequent directive to merge the company with West Australian Opera; and highs, such as the appointment of two ‘game changing’ Artistic Directors, Ivan Cavallari in 2007 and Aurelien Scannella in 2013, and the move to the new State Ballet Centre in Maylands in 2012.


Mr Langoulant has been a Board member of WAB since July 2004, during this time holding the position of Deputy Chair from 2007 and Chair from 2012.


Mr Langoulant says he is saddened to leave the Chairmanship of West Australian Ballet, but is excited for its future: ‘WAB has come such a long way since 2004 when I first entered the Board. It has been exciting and incredibly rewarding to have been part of the company through its most dynamic and successful era. Watching the organisation grow and artistic standards increase has been a great thrill for me. It has also been very gratifying to see how the Government, WA Businesses and the public have galvanised behind WAB to ensure its success and sustainability. Bringing Woodside on board as the company’s first significant Principal Partner was also a major step forward.’


Dr Edwardes is thrilled to be taking up the helm of WAB. ‘The next few years will be exciting for the company as it rolls out its new five year plan and continues to bring world class productions and ballets to Perth and Western Australia. I have a passionate interest in and love of the arts, particularly music and dance. My daughter, Claire Edwardes, is one of Australia’s leading professional percussion soloists, so I have a deep understanding of the dramas of “the stage”. I greatly admire the determination and beauty of WAB’s dancers and the company has never been in better shape; so I feel very honoured to have been invited to take the Chair of Australasia’s oldest ballet company’ says Dr Edwardes.



For further information please contact:

Rosita Stangl, Publicist
West Australian Ballet

Ph: 9367 8884 or

Email: rositapr@iinet.net.au









Dr Robert Edwardes


Robert is the Executive Vice President Development, Woodside Energy Ltd. He is responsible for the scoping and delivery of onshore and offshore capital projects, in addition to the engineering, subsea and reservoir management functions. He is also responsible for the Browse, Sunrise and Canada business units. Robert has 37 years of resources industry experience spanning the full breadth of operations and projects, including HSE and operations integrity, production technology, development planning, provision of corporate strategy and support, and delivery of major capital projects.


Before joining Woodside in May 2012, Robert spend ten years with WorleyParsons, following a 25 year career with ExxonMobil. In his last five years with ExxonMobil he was the Project Director responsible for execution of the Kizomba A deep-water oil development in Angola. In his last four years with WorleyParsons he was based in Houston as Managing Director, US and Latin America. He holds both a Bachelor degree and Doctorate in Civil Engineering.



John Langoulant AO


John Langoulant is a company director and corporate consultant. He chairs the Boards of the Dampier to Bunbury Gas Pipeline, the Government Employees Superannuation Board and Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. He consults to Mitsubishi Corporation, Curtin University and is the WA Chairman of Westpac.


John has previously held Chief Executive positions with Oakajee Port and Rail and Crosslands Resources (2010-2013), Australian Capital Equity (2008 –10), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australian (2004 – 2008) and he was Western Australia’s Under Treasurer (1995 – 2004).


In addition to being Chair of West Australian Ballet, John has a range of other community interests. These include Chair of the Boards of the Telethon Kids Institute, the Committee for Perth, Leadership Western Australia and CEDA, and as a Board member of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry WA.