Board of Trustees

ABOUT THE BOARD

DAME KERRY PRENDERGAST, DNZM, CNZM
CHAIR

Dame Kerry joined the Board as Chair in January 2020.

Dame Kerry has enjoyed a distinguished career in local government and governance. She is a former Mayor of Wellington, Executive Chair of the New Zealand Festival and Vice-President of Local Government New Zealand. Currently Chair of the New Zealand Film Commission, she is also a Director of Oceania Healthcare and Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Conservation Authority, and a Trustee of the Wellington International Arts Foundation, the New Zealand Community Trust, the Wellington Free Ambulance and the Victoria Foundation.  She is also an Advisory Board member of the Phoenix Football Club.

MARY SLATER
DEPUTY CHAIR

Mary has a 15 year background in government work and prior to that worked in public sector unions. She is passionate about supporting the RNZB’s contribution to New Zealand’s cultural life. Mary is a member of the Institute of Directors and holds several not-for-profit and government agency board roles including the Institute of Public Administration of New Zealand, and the Project Board for the Parliamentary Counsel’s Access Project. She is the Executive Chair of Oranga Tamariki’s Chief Executive’s Complaints Advisory Panel.

JOHN AVERY
TRUSTEE

John returned to the RNZB Board in 2019 having served as a Trustee in the 1990s. He was previously Managing Partner then Chair of Hesketh Henry and has been a director of a number of companies and organisations including The Warehouse Group and Regional Facilities Auckland. He is currently an independent director of Strategic Pay Limited and the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency.

TOBY BEHAN
TRUSTEE

Toby lives in Christchurch and joined the Board in 2018.

Toby has been active in the dance world, as General Manager of Southern Ballet Theatre (2003 – 4), as the chair of the Dance and Physical Theatre Trust in Christchurch (2005 – 8) and as a Trustee of the Christchurch Dance Education Bursary Trust (2003 – 15). From 2005 – 13 he acted as a strategic assessor for dance funding applications to Creative New Zealand, and since 2015 has served as a Chair for Arts Grants funding rounds for Creative New Zealand.

LILIAS BELL
TRUSTEE

Lilias lives in Wellington and joined the Board in 2018, prior to which she was a supporter and donor.

Lilias led her own HR Recruitment business for many years and now undertakes a variety of governance and HR consulting roles.

DORIAN DEVERS
TRUSTEE

Dorian lives in Wellington and joined the Board in 2021.

He is also currently the Chief Financial Officer of Contact Energy and prior to that he has worked internationally in both executive and governance roles.

Dorian enjoys attending the ballet with his family.

ISAAC HIKAKA
TRUSTEE

A lawyer by profession, Isaac joined the Board in 2016 after many years as a passionate supporter of the RNZB.  Isaac lives in Auckland, and is also a trustee of the Auckland Theatre Company and a trustee of the Theatre Foundation.  His iwi are Ngaruahine, Ngati Ruanui, Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Tuwharetoa

Isaac is a member of the RNZB Audit and Risk Committee.

LOUISE MARSDEN
TRUSTEE

An accountant by profession, Louise is employed by ACC’s Investment Fund to invest in infrastructure across New Zealand.  She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and holds a number of Board roles on large infrastructure projects.

Louise is a passionate supporter of the Performing Arts and welcomes the opportunity to contribute in the RNZB in a meaningful way.

TRISH OAKLEY
TRUSTEE

Trish lives in Dunedin and joined the Board in 2017, prior to which she was a donor and subscriber.

Active in governance across sectors, Trish has many years’ experience in arts partnership management between Forsyth Barr and the Arts Foundation of New Zealand. She is also a prior trustee of Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre.

Trish is a member of the RNZB Audit and Risk Committee and Nominations Committee.

KATRINA TODD
TRUSTEE

Katrina Todd ONZM lives in Auckland and is an active donor and contributor to the RNZB and the wider dance sector. She trained at the New Zealand School of Dance and The Royal Ballet School in London and had a ten year international dance career before returning to New Zealand in 1990. She was part of the faculty for the BA Performing Arts Degree at Unitec for 16 years and is now Director of Wellesley Studios Dance House, which provides space and opportunities for the professional dance sector and wider community in Auckland. She was a Board member for The New Zealand Dance Company (NZDAT) from 2012 – 2017 and is currently a Trustee of the New Zealand School of Dance.

NUWANTHIE SAMARAKONE
INTERN TRUSTEE

Nuwanthie is an experienced international business owner and company director. She stands for values-based impact that creates better lives. Her founding business, ICE, is an early in careers people consultancy firm specialising in designing, delivering and developing schemes for organisations looking to build early talent pipelines for the future. Nuwanthie believes that young and aspiring individuals represent the future of our communities, our values and our culture.

She built a team around her and grew the business from Aotearoa over a decade ago to 6 countries covering off 24 markets across Asia Pacific. Some of the clients ICE partner with are FTSE 500, Forbes top 100 brands and Government Agencies in the Asia Pacific region. In 2020, she successfully exited as Managing Partner at ICE, to focus on her next adventures. She remains as the Founding Director and the company continues to operate and scale successfully, continuing to make an impact.  

Nuwanthie is a ballet enthusiast having taken ballet lessons when young.

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