Copyright Agency appoints Josephine Johnston as CEO

December 8, 2021

Copyright Agency today announced the appointment of Josephine Johnston to the role of Chief Executive Officer, after a competitive search process which produced a field of impressive candidates.

Dr Kate Harrison, Copyright Agency Chair said, “The Board is delighted that Jo has accepted the position of CEO and is confident that she will do an outstanding job in the role.”

“Jo has worked with major media and content organisations in both a commercial and legal capacity for many years prior to joining the management team at Copyright Agency. She is well-placed to address the challenges and opportunities of the increasingly digital environment.”

Ms Johnston has held the position of General Counsel and Company Secretary at Copyright Agency since 2016.

Ms Johnston said “I look forward to working with the Board, my colleagues and all our stakeholders as we continue to evolve to a digital future. One of my first priorities will be to engage with the education sector and our other customers to better understand how we can meet their needs.”

“It will be an honour to lead the Copyright Agency and represent Australian writers, visual artists and publishers.  Copyright Agency has a fundamental role to play in ensuring that there is a healthy and fair system where creators continue to be rewarded for their work in producing essential content for our schools, universities, Governments and businesses.”

Dr Harrison thanked outgoing CEO Adam Suckling for his tenure. “The Board is confident that Adam leaves the Copyright Agency well-equipped to continue its digital transformation. We wish him every success in his next role.”

Ms Johnston will commence as CEO on 7 February 2022.


Media enquiries:

Kate Pasterfield
Director Members & External Affairs
Copyright Agency
M: 0437 965 071


About the Copyright Agency

The not-for-profit Copyright Agency connects users and creators of content, providing licences for the use of copyright material such as text, images and art. We manage the educational and government licences for the use of text and images, as well as the resale royalty scheme for artists (by Government appointment). Our members include writers, artists and publishers. Membership is free.