Press Release: The Australian Institute of Music Appoints New CEO Professor Margaret Noble


Australia’s largest higher education music institution, the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), has a new CEO, Professor Margaret Noble, replacing Professor Guy Bentley who retired in May. 

Professor Noble’s appointment follows a significant period of revitalisation for the organisation including an extensive $5 million upgrade of facilities and equipment at the student campuses in Sydney and Melbourne, strong growth in the regional and international student population and a restructure and broadening of the AIM academic offering, including a new Master of Arts and Entertainment Management program. Aimed at investing in and attracting and supporting a diverse range of students, the revitilisation program has transformed the learning environment unifying the Surry Hills campus and delivering state-of-the-art performance and student facilities, which cater to the broadest range of specialist music and performing arts classes in the country.  

An experienced academic, Professor Noble brings over 23 years in senior executive roles across the Higher Education sector in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Her previous academic roles have included CEO of Waiariki Institute of Technology in New Zealand and Principal and Chief Executive of University College Plymouth St Mark and St John, (now the University of St Mark and St John) Pro Vice Chancellor (Learning and Quality) at the University of Greenwich and Director of Lifelong Learning at Teesside University in the United Kingdom. She joins AIM from the University of Tasmania, where she held the role of Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Quality and Schools Engagement). Prof Noble is a keen amateur violinist, having played as a member of regional orchestras in NZ, Tasmania and the UK.

Founded in 1968, AIM is Australia’s largest tertiary music institution, with over 1,000 full-time students across two national campuses in Sydney and Melbourne. AIM offers a diverse range of fully accredited tertiary music and creative arts programs, including a Bachelor of Music with specialisations across arts management, contemporary, classical, musical theatre, audio and music production. The Institute also provides programs such as a Bachelor of Performance, a Diploma of Music, Postgraduate courses, a range of short courses and partner music lessons. 

Mr Paul Zahra, Chair of the AIM Board of Directors, said Professor Noble’s skills in academia, business and the creative arts, along with her significant leadership experience creates a rare and powerful combination in leading AIM forward.

“After an extensive search process, we are delighted that Professor Noble has agreed to join AIM as its CEO. Professor Noble has significant experience and expertise in growing higher education institutes, with an emphasis on leading change. She is a student-centric individual and has a strong history of creating highly engaged teams. She has excellent business experience and the drive to take AIM to the next level of growth and development and I am proud we have attracted someone with her calibre and track record to join our diverse leadership group. We look forward to working with Professor Noble over the years to come.”

Professor Noble said: “This is a dynamic growth period for the Australian Institute of Music and I am excited about leading the organisation into the next crucial stage of its development. I was attracted to the role by both AIM’s educational leadership and specialist focus within the music and creative arts field as well as its strong growth strategy. As a musician, I have a strong interest in the creative arts and through my various roles, I have also worked with specialist creative and performing arts institutions and have been involved in establishing new programs in these areas. I look forward to working with our talented team of teaching professionals, executives, and students to grow our brand and our academic offering,” said Prof Noble.

Mr Zahra acknowledged the achievements of outgoing CEO Professor Bentley.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to acknowledge the significant achievements of Professor Guy Bentley who has led the organisation through one of the most extensive revitalisation periods in our 50-year history. Under Professor Bentley’s bold leadership, we have seen a real turn-around in the service offering and the opportunities for our talented student body. He leaves with our deep gratitude and best wishes for his retirement,” said Mr Zahra.


Professor Noble joined AIM on 6 May 2019.