Patrick McIntyre appointed NFSA CEO

Media release

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Patrick McIntyre as Chief Executive Officer.

Patrick has been the highly successful Executive Director of the Sydney Theatre Company for the past 11 years, with experience in the cultural sector more broadly, including with the Sydney Film Festival. 

Chair of the NFSA Board, Gabrielle Trainor AO, said that Patrick would bring to his new role a deep appreciation of Australian storytelling, a love of our film and music culture, exceptional leadership skills and entrepreneurship, as well as a record of growing connection with audiences.   

“Attracting a person of Patrick’s calibre to the NFSA is exciting for us and for all the national cultural institutions. 

“The NFSA, whose work in collecting, preserving, and creating access to our audiovisual memory sits at the intersection of culture and digital technology, has great opportunities ahead. 

“Patrick’s respect for the work of the archive together with his vision will take us further along our transformation from a collecting institution to an even more vibrant participant in our national cultural life,” she said.

“I know my board colleagues, the Executive team and staff at the NFSA will warmly welcome Patrick, who will commence the role in October,” Ms Trainor said.

Nancy Eyers, Chief Operating Officer, will continue as Acting CEO until Mr McIntyre commences, supported by Jacqui Uhlmann, Head of Collection and Matt Ravier, Chief Engagement Officer, together with their teams.  

“Today I leave my role as Chair after my maximum nine years and while I’m very sad to depart, it has been a transformative time and immensely gratifying to see the NFSA cementing our credentials as a leader in digital audiovisual culture. I thank the Ministers and departmental officials, my fellow Board members, the many others in creative industries and the wonderful NFSA executives and team members over those years for the privilege of working with them,” Ms. Trainor said.

“It’s a very happy coincidence that today I can herald the next era of the NFSA, with the Board’s appointment of Patrick.”  

NFSA Chair of the Finance Committee, Caroline Elliott, will act as NFSA Chair. 

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Patrick McIntyre has more than 20 years’ experience in the arts and cultural sector. He has led the Sydney Theatre Company as Executive Director since 2010, and previously held executive roles with The Australian Ballet and Sydney Film Festival, in addition to senior marketing roles with the Sydney Dance Company and the Sydney Opera House Trust. 

A graduate from the University of Technology Sydney (BA in Communications), Patrick McIntyre is a member of the national industry peak body Live Performance Australia Executive Council. He has served on the board of SCOPE for Artists and was a member of the New South Wales Creative Industries Task Force.



The NFSA’s mission is to collect, preserve and share Australia’s vibrant and diverse audiovisual culture as embodied by our evolving collection - reflecting who we were, who we are, and who we want to be. 

Audiovisual technologies enable us to capture moments in time: moving image and sounds in their most vivid forms. At over 3 million items, the NFSA collection transforms these records into ‘living memories’ - the many facets of Australia’s peoples, cultures, ideas, and beliefs, both over time and across the land.

The collection invites all Australians to connect, no matter their background and life experiences, and find common ground and a shared sense of community. All can access it to celebrate our cultures and learn from our history to build a better future.