Our People

Marcus Tatton, Sunday Afternoon, 2011

A Word From Our Chair

It is an honour to lead the renewed Sculpture on the Gulf (SOTG) board as we work hard to bring you an exciting new exhibition for 2024.

Our People

Kriselle Baker - Chair

Kriselle (Pākehā, Ngāpuhi, Ngāruahine) splits her time between Waiheke and Auckland, where she works as an arts writer, editor, and publisher. She has a Ph.D. in Art History from The University of Auckland with an undergraduate degree in languages. Kriselle was a founding member of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki Contemporary Benefactors and has served on the Board of Te Tuhi and The Hotere Foundation. She is a current board member of the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation.

Lewis Holden - Deputy Chair

A Waiheke resident and partner of artist Charlotte Handy, Lewis Holden is an independent analyst and Director with extensive experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Lewis was previously Chief Executive Officer of Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and has held senior roles in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Treasury and the Ministry of Economic Development. A chartered member of the Institute of Directors, Lewis has represented New Zealand on the Boards of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation in Washington D.C. His current directorships include roles as Deputy Chair of the Reconnect Trust Board and Reconnect Family Services Limited and as a Board Member of Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.

Mark Kingsford - Treasurer

Mark has lived on Waiheke for 14 years with his wife Sally and their three boys. In this time, Mark has coached local rugby, football, and cricket teams and served as Chair of Te Huruhi Primary School Board of Trustees. A qualified accountant with over 25 years of experience in New Zealand and abroad, Mark advises a wide variety of boards and management teams, including NZX and various charities. Mark is a trustee on the Rotary Club of Auckland Foundation and is an Auckland City Centre Advisory Board member.

Jon Ewer - Secretary

An island resident since 1999, Jon Ewer has many years of governance experience in both the private sector and not-for-profit organisations. He has a background in engineering and is a Senior Technical Director with Beca. Jon is a committee member and steadfast supporter of the Waiheke Community Art Gallery. Having served on the Board of Sculpture on the Gulf in 2013 and helped organise the 2015 and 2017 events.

Ingrid Waugh

A four year resident on Waiheke, Ingrid brings to the board a twenty plus year career in human resources and organisational development, focused especially on leadership capability building and organisational change. She is also a passionate Rotarian, having held many leadership positions, including district governor and international trainer. She is currently co-chair of a significant change project to grow and enhance Rotary across Australia, New Zealand and 14 island countries and is a director of Rotary Oceania Zone Operations Ltd. Previous governance experience was as a trustee of Auckland Foundation (then Auckland Communities Foundation).

Roger King

Roger King is an experienced strategist and consultant in the creative sector. He was formerly an arts and music festival director with significant experience in programming and management including five WOMAD (World of Music, Arts & Dance) Festivals. King created the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust (TAFT) and programmed it for 20 years achieving significant financial reserves. He has also initiated and directed arts festivals in Taupo and Tauranga. Since leaving ‘hands-on’ festival management and programming in 2011, King has worked in consulting and governance roles. He served on the board of the Arts Council of New Zealand for six years and has held Chair and Trustee roles for Ngā Toi Hawke’s Bay, Cape Coast Arts & Heritage Trust, Chamber Music New Zealand, The Big Idea Charitable Trust, Auckland Arts Festival, Black Grace Dance Company, and Objectspace.

Andy Hill

Andy joined the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment in 2020 as Director Auckland. He has significant government experience and prior to his current role spent 15 years working for the Ministry for Primary Industries focused on policy development and natural resource management. Over that period Andy had secondments to the Department of Conservation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and as Private Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries. He is also Chair of Eco Choice Aotearoa, New Zealand’s government owned ecolabel. Andy has had a family connection to Waiheke for many years and has been a permanent resident since 2020.

Anna Brealey

Anna Brealey has worked as a Financial Controller and Marketing Manager for the family property development company NZ Living for the past 18 years. Now that the business requires less of her time, she is keen to put more effort into community activities. Anna has been a volunteer for the last three Sculpture on the Gulf exhibitions. She is currently a director on the board of Simplicity Living Limited. Anna and her husband Shane are full-time residents on Waiheke.

Natasha Beckman

Natasha Beckman is the Director of British Council New Zealand and the Pacific. Natasha has many years of experience in Festivals, Artist Management, Events, Museums and Galleries. Her training includes a BA in Art History and Law and an MA in Art History, specialising in Māori and Pacific Art. She also completed an internship at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Previous Auckland posts include Public Programmes & Cultural Relations Manager, Auckland Museum; Visual Arts & Public Programmes Manager, Auckland Arts Festival; and Manager of Alberton House, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. Previous international posts include Director of Urban Soul Orchestra, London, Visual Arts Officer, Arts Council England and Patrons Programme Manager, Venice Biennale for Creative New Zealand. Natasha currently advises on several Boards including the British New Zealand Business Association.

Fiona Blanchard-Director

Director of Te Whare Taonga O Waiheke/Waiheke Community Gallery, Fiona is an experienced cultural sector leader who has headed up world-class, customer-centric, and operational teams for the City of Sydney, Auckland War Memorial Museum, and City Gallery Wellington. A resident of Waiheke for six years, Fiona and her husband Mike are passionate about the people, community, and place.