Arts Centre Melbourne appoints new Development Executive to leadership team

Arts Centre Melbourne is pleased to announce it has appointed Alisia Romanin, formerly La Trobe University’s Director Campaign, as its new Executive Director, Development. Romanin, who starts in the role in July, will lead both the Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships functions of Arts Centre Melbourne. She brings with her a wealth of experience in philanthropy, partnerships and relationship management across the tertiary, diplomatic, corporate and government sectors.

For the past nine years she has held numerous senior roles at La Trobe University, including a period acting as Chief Advancement Officer, as well as Associate Director, External Engagement and Campaign Operations and Manager, Projects & Partnerships. Prior to her time at La Trobe, Romanin held roles in the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce and Office of the Governor of Victoria. Romanin currently serves as a board member of a number of organisations, including the International Specialised Skills Institute and the Italian Australian Foundation.


She was excited to begin work at one of Australia’s most iconic cultural organisations.

Arts Centre Melbourne holds fond memories in the hearts of many Victorians and Australians. I believe that making a difference requires the input of many. This role is a unique opportunity to bring donors, partners, supporters and friends together with Arts Centre Melbourne to achieve great impact, not just right now but well into the future

I am excited about leveraging Arts Centre Melbourne’s reputation and position as one of Australia’s premier cultural organisations and working in collaboration with the community to reimagine what role philanthropy and partnerships play in Arts Centre Melbourne’s future.

Arts Centre Melbourne Chief Executive Officer Karen Quinlan, AM:

I congratulate Alisia on her appointment and look forward to working with her on this next chapter in Arts Centre Melbourne’s history. As a leader, Alisia is driven by relationships and opportunities to work collaboratively with key stakeholders. She will be a great addition to the leadership team of Arts Centre Melbourne.

I also want to acknowledge all the successes that Richard Zimmermann has achieved throughout his almost seven-year tenure as Executive Director, Philanthropy.

Arts Centre Melbourne Executive Director, Philanthropy Richard Zimmermann, as part of a transition to retirement, will conclude his current role of almost seven years and take on a new position as Senior Liaison, Strategic Relationships.


I look forward to working alongside Alisia in continuing to grow and strengthen philanthropic relationships into the future and support the implementation of key strategic initiatives.

I have deep satisfaction for the work we have been able to achieve together during my time as leader of the Philanthropy team – making the performing arts accessible to so many who would otherwise not have the opportunity.

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