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Adelaide Festival is pleased to announce the appointment of Adelaide Airport Managing Director Brenton Cox to its Board. 

Brenton has extensive executive leadership experience in business and finance. Joining Adelaide Airport’s team in 2013 as Executive General Manager Finance and Corporate, Brenton has guided the airport’s expansion and significant passenger growth pre-COVID, and subsequently the airport’s response to COVID, becoming its Managing Director in December 2021. He has previously held the positions of non-executive director of Sydney and Hobart Airports and held executive roles with Macquarie Airports and Macquarie Capital in London and Sydney. 

Educated in Adelaide, Brenton holds bachelor degrees in Finance, Commerce and Laws (First Class Hons) and also a Masters of Law from the University of Cambridge. He sits on the Boards of the SA Property Council, SA Freight Council and Adelaide University Business School, and is the Chair of Seymour College Board’s Finance, Risk and Compliance Committee. 

Minister for Arts Andrea Michaels MP said: “I am excited to welcome Brenton to the Adelaide Festival Board. His background as Adelaide Airport Managing Director will bring fresh insights and experience to this board, which has a renewed focus on future growth.”

Adelaide Festival Chair Judy Potter said: “Brenton’s keen interest in sustainable business aligns well with Adelaide Festival’s social, environmental and economic sustainability targets. He has led a number of business changing initiatives, including securing the first loan in Australia that incentivised a borrower to further improve its sustainability performance against a set of Environmental, Social and Governance criteria. We are confident Brenton will make a significant contribution to the Adelaide Festival.”

Brenton Cox said of the appointment: “Adelaide Festival brings extraordinary tourism and economic benefits to South Australia. I’m excited for the opportunity to support such an iconic event and to continue to build the festival’s global reputation.” 

Brenton Cox has been appointed until November 2025, while existing Adelaide Festival board member Alison Beare has been reappointed until December 2025.

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