Ms Harriet Elven

Ms Harriet Elvin

Harriet Elvin is Chief Executive Officer of the Cultural Facilities Corporation, a statutory enterprise of the ACT Government that runs major cultural venues in Canberra, including the Canberra Theatre Centre, the Canberra Museum and Gallery, and three historic places : Lanyon, Calthorpes’ House and Mugga-Mugga. 

Her former roles include General Manager of the ACT Bureau of Arts and Heritage; General Manager of the ACT Office of the Environment; and Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the ACT.

Harriet completed her first degree at Christ’s College, Cambridge, reading Classics and Law.   Her further studies at the Australian National University (ANU) led to postgraduate qualifications in International Law and Art History, together with a Master of Business Administration.

Her current board roles include Councillor of the Australiana Fund, and Chair of the ACT Cambridge Society.  Previous appointments include board roles with the Centre for Australian Cultural Studies and the National Institute of the Arts, and membership of the ANU Chancellor’s Awards Committee.

Harriet is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, Australia and New Zealand.  She is a Telstra ACT Businesswoman of the Year and was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in business leadership.   In 2017 Harriet was inducted into the ANU College of Business and Economics Alumni Hall of Fame.

Her professional interests include exploring how business management techniques can be applied to arts organisations, and how the arts sector can offer valuable lessons for the corporate world.