B. Ec., Dip. Fin. Mangt, FCPA, FAIM
A career spanning 34 years in elected office, first in local government for 7 years and then 27 years in the NSW Parliament where he has occupied 13 portfolios over three governments (Greiner, Fahey and O’Farrell) and a further thirteen shadow portfolios in Opposition including a period as the Parliamentary Deputy Leader and then as Leader of the National Party. Mr Souris started his professional career as an accountant in public practice. He is currently a Director of the Australian Film Institute | Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, a Director of the Australian Rugby Foundation and the Chairman of the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association.
What inspired you to take this role?
I’ve always had a respect for the State Library and when I had the opportunity as the Minister for the Arts to have direct portfolio responsibility I learned to appreciate what a powerhouse institution it is and what a priceless collection of Australia’s heritage it holds. I regard myself an enthusiastic friend of the State Library. There are many hundreds of friends and benefactors of the State Library and it is our duty to ensure their support is not wasted and that the State Library remains as vital tomorrow in Sydney, Western Sydney and Regional NSW as it is today. Our obligation as Trustees is to leave the institution in better shape than we found it.