Hieu Van Le
Governor reveals retirement plans
South Australia’s 35th Governor Hieu Van Le has revealed his first post-retirement endeavour – becoming a trustee of the Adelaide Festival Centre.
The 67-year-old former Vietnamese refugee, who on Tuesday marked his final day in Government House after seven years in the state’s highest office, is expected to be elevated as Chair of the performing arts venue early next year.
He will succeed current Chair Jim Hazel, who said the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust was “extremely fortunate” to bring Le on board.
“His passion for multiculturalism and inclusion will help us take arts experiences to more South Australians in every part of the state and ensure Adelaide Festival Centre continues to be the true heart of the arts here in SA,” Hazel said.
A patron of more than 200 organisations, Le has been a long-time supporter of the Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival.
The former Governor said he was looking forward to working with the trust to navigate the centre through “the current challenges that COVID-19 continues to throw at us” and return it to “the business of bringing entertainment and arts to all”.
“This will involve working closely with all South Australians, from all backgrounds and walks of life and making sure that AFCT programs are as inclusive as possible,” Le said.
Le settled in Adelaide in December 1977 before studying at the University of Adelaide and embarking on a successful career with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
In 2007 he was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of South Australia, serving seven years in the position under then-Governor Kevin Scarce.
He was sworn in as Governor on September 1, 2014, on the recommendation of former Premier Jay Weatherill.
Former Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Secretary Frances Adamson will be sworn in as South Australia’s 36th Governor in early October.