Sydney Living Museums Foundation is delighted to welcome new Director Bruce Hambrett to the Foundation’s board. Bruce is no stranger to the Sydney Living Museums. He has been involved with Sydney Living Museums for a number of years, initially as an adviser, before serving as a trustee for almost nine years, until 2012. During this period, Bruce sat on a number of the Trust’s board committees, including its Commercial Committee and its Audit and Risk Committee.
Bruce has extensive experience in business, management and the law. Bruce has been a lawyer for more than 30 years. He has been a partner at Baker McKenzie, one of the world’s largest law firms, for the last 15 years. He was a member of the Firm’s Global Executive Committee, which is responsible for implementing the Firm’s strategy across its 78 offices in 47 countries, for four years ending in 2016. In the same period he was Chair, Asia Pacific and Chair of the Firm’s Global Sustainability Committee, and lived in Singapore. He was also Chair of the Australian offices for five years.
Earlier in his career, Bruce was General Counsel of (now) Singtel Optus for four years, during a period which saw that company’s IPO, the “tech boom” and subsequent “tech wreck” and the takeover by SingTel, the then largest takeover in Australia’s corporate history.
In addition to a passion for history and heritage conservation, Bruce has a deep interest in the arts, architecture and design. He is a former director of Pacific Opera Company. Bruce was appointed as a Foundation director in May 2019.