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RFA Executive:

• Chief Executive Officer | Chris Brooks
• Chief Operating Officer | Paul Brewer
• Chief Finance Officer | Simon Tran
• Director, People and Culture | Kirsty Dent
• Director, Strategy | Jonathan Wilcken
• Director, Venue Development Strategy | Paul Nisbet
• Director, Auckland Art Gallery | Rhana Devenport
• Director, Auckland Live | Robbie Macrae 
• Acting Director, Auckland Zoo | Kevin Buley
• Acting Director, Auckland Stadiums| James Parkinson

Chairperson | Rt Hon Sir Don McKinnon ONZ GCVO

A former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sir Don spent eight years as the Commonwealth Secretary-General. He was recently appointed Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Trust in New Zealand and foundation Chair of The New Zealand China Council. Sir Don is also a trustee of a number of not-for-profit organisations.

Deputy Chair | Joanna Perry MNZM

Joanna is a full-time director with extensive governance experience. Her board appointments include Genesis Energy, IFRS Advisory Council, Trade Me Group, Sport New Zealand, Kiwi Property Group, Partners Life and Rowing New Zealand. She was previously a partner in international accountancy and consultancy firm KPMG, chair of the New Zealand Financial Reporting Standards Board and a member of the Securities Commission. Born and raised in Somerset, UK, Joanna rowed competitively for Great Britain in her youth and is still an active kayaker, cyclist, runner and swimmer. She was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to accounting in 2010.

Lisa Bates | MNZM

Lisa has worked in the New Zealand arts sector for over 25 years, including senior roles such as producing Shortland Street for South Pacific Pictures. She supports the not-for-profit sector and has contributed to fundraising strategies for most major arts organisations. Lisa achieved Fundraiser of the Year award for her Q theatre work in 2010. She is an independent company director and a chartered member of the Institute of Directors. Lisa also sits on the board of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision and is a trustee of the Mackelvie Trust. Having served for six years as a director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Board she remains a trustee of the NZSO Foundation. Lisa works in the field of marketing and communications as executive director of the design and brand agency Hawkins&Co. In 2017, Lisa was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts and philanthropy.

Geoff Clews

Geoff has a long involvement in the planning, establishment and governance of public arts facilities in Auckland. He was a principal proponent of the Rose Centre Community Theatre in Belmont, then led the campaign to establish the Bruce Mason Centre in central Takapuna, which he chaired for the first 12 years of its operation. He later joined the Board of Q Theatre for 6 years, seeing that project to successful completion and commissioning. Outside arts governance, Geoff holds degrees in law and jurisprudence and is a senior barrister specializing in contentious tax issues and trust law. He is a Board member of the Auckland Communities Foundation and the Sir George Elliot Charitable Trust and an adjunct member of the Commercial Law Faculty at Auckland University. He also sits as a member of the statutory tribunal which deals with complaints against financial advisers.

Rukumoana Schaafhausen LLB

Rukumoana has practised as a lawyer for a number of years, specialising in the area of governance. She previously worked for a large-scale property development company. Rukumoana serves as a director/trustee on a number of boards including Waikato-Tainui Te Kauhanganui Incorporated and Genesis Energy.

Andrew Collow                                                                                                                              

Project Director at Beca, Andrew is a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers and a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand. With over 40 years’ experience, Andrew is a leader in community-based projects and is regarded as a trusted advisor to a number of local authorities throughout New Zealand.  He has extensive experience in the planning, consenting, and development of cultural and recreational community facilities and has taken a lead role in the strategic planning, design, and delivery of a large number of sports, recreation, and cultural buildings. Andrew is on the Board of Home of Cycling and leads the trust’s facility subcommittee responsible for maintenance and building operations.  

Gary Troup                                                                                                                                

Gary brings not only a business and sporting backgrounds but strong community and local government involvement. He was previously Deputy Mayor of Manukau City Council and prior to that spent 12 years on the Papatoetoe Community Board, six as Chairman. Actively involved with many local community groups, Gary, a former New Zealand cricketer, has continued his involvement in cricket and is now President of Auckland Cricket. Gary is a trustee on the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation and Chairman of Camp Quality New Zealand (for children living with cancer).

Fabian Partigliani

Fabian has more than two decades of experience as an international MD/CEO, with global blue-chip multinational experience in six countries including executive and non-executive director positions in management, strategy and marketing. He was most recently the managing director of Pernod Ricard New Zealand where during his eight year tenure he led the transformation of the business from a mainstream domestic player to a successful premium export-oriented company.  Fabian has held executive and senior leadership positions across Allied Domecq in Europe and South America and was a board member of New Zealand Winegrowers for seven years. He is proficient in several languages including Italian, Spanish and French.

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