Christopher Stewardson is an Australian-based Trustee of the Associated Studios London with long experience in arts administration and in higher education. Founder and Director of Australian Concert Direction in the 1970s, he moved later into a series of management roles in the tertiary sector. He has been General Manager of several faculties, including the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and for the past five years he has served as University Secretary and Head of Governance for the University of Melbourne.
Christopher describes himself as a now-defunct-historian and is a secretly – frustrated academic. After undergraduate studies in English and Law, he completed postgraduate studies in German history with archival research in Munich, Bayreuth and London. He wrote his PhD thesis on Houston Stewart Chamberlain, the ‘turncoat son of Britain’ who was the son in law of Richard Wagner.
Christopher Stewardson brings his extensive governance experience to his role as a Trustee and quietly hopes this involvement will restimulate his passionate engagement with the arts.