Previously deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne (2004–2008) with former Lord Mayor John So, Gary Singer is currently director and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s Australia.
Highly experienced in law, Gary has worked as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria since 1980 and is well known for his public advocacy and legal defence on civil liberties. To expand his business interest, between 2000 and 2007 Gary was joint proprietor with Dur-é Dara of EQ Cafe and Bar.
With a deep passion for the arts, Gary has a strong history of supporting various arts-based groups. This includes directorship of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (2004–2008), and being a foundation member of the National Gallery of Victoria and benefactor of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.
He is also a patron of The Production Company, Opera Australia, Bangara Dance, the Australian Ballet and a former board member of aged care provider Mitchell House. Mr Singer is also a major benefactor of Joy FM (Australia’s only Gay and Lesbian Radio Station).
Gary has a deep love for and a committed vision for Melbourne, and is a long-term resident of South Yarra. He is currently in the process of relocating Sotheby’s Australia to the Melbourne CBD.