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O’Hanlon appointed CEO at Varuna

Varuna, the Writers’ House, has announced that Jansis O’Hanlon will join the writers’ centre in the role of chief executive officer.

O’Hanlon, who will begin in the role at the end of this month, has worked in arts management for more than 15 years, and has previously chaired the board of Fremantle Press. She replaces former CEO Lis Bastian, who finished in the role in July.

Chair of the Eleanor Dark Foundation Board Marsha Durham said in a statement that O’Hanlon has ‘helped organisations realise their vision and managed the creative outcomes that followed’, and as an actor and director, she will bring to the role ‘a passion for assisting the creative process’. ‘[O’Hanlon] recognises Varuna’s success in nurturing writers, providing them with creative space and time, as well as opportunities to engage with professional consultants and other writers,’ said Durham.

O’Hanlon said in the same statement that she ‘can’t wait to get started’ in the new role. ‘Varuna is an important and unique national institution, and its value in supporting writers the way it does can’t be overstated,’ she said.



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