Our Board

Glenis Philip Barbara

Ngai Porou, Uepohatu
A committed advocate for Māori culture and language Glenis is Chair of Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival Charitable Trust. Formerly the CE of the Māori Language Commission and Associate Deputy Chief Executive for Child Youth and Family, Glenis is currently the Assistant Māori Commissioner for Children.

Sharon van Gulik

Netherlands, Wellington
A leading brand, communications and marketing consultant and formerly the Head of Brand and Marketing Communications at Westpac New Zealand, Sharon is currently Director of her own consulting company SvG Limited. Sharon works part-time as Commercial Director for the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) and is Chair of the New Zealand Dance Company.

Karl Johnstone

Rongowhakaata, Ngai Tamanuhiri, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki
Karl is the founder-director of Haumi (NZ) Ltd, a specialist concept, creative and development business which initiates, designs and delivers projects of national and international significance both in New Zealand and throughout the world. Karl has worked in the cultural, heritage, arts and design sectors for over twenty years, including ten years at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, and a former member of the New Zealand Arts Council.

Gretchen La Roche

Gisborne, Christchurch
Gretchen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, where she also held the position of Principal Clarinet for nine years. A passionate advocate for new music, Gretchen was a founding member of 175 East, the Auckland based contemporary music ensemble. Gretchen is a Director of the Gisborne International Music Competition, and previously managed the National Music and Creative Communities portfolio for Creative New Zealand.

Mark Burlace

Gisborne, Melbourne
A recognised leader in the New Zealand Arts industry, Mark hails from the Hokianga and is currently the Deputy Executive Director for Melbourne Festival - Rising. Mark has previously held the positions of Head Technician, Head of Lighting and Technical Director for Assembly Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Festival, before in 2003 contributing to the establishment of the Auckland Arts Festival as the Associate Director, responsible for programming and operations.

Dr Wayne Ngata

Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Ngati Ira, Ngati Porou
A Board member of the Tertiary Education Commission and Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Dr Wayne has held a number of academic, management or governance roles. A practitioner, composer and expert in Māori literature, Haka and Mōteatea, Dr Ngata is a strong supporter of the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori and advocate for Māori art. Dr Ngata helped establish Māori Studies at the now EIT Tairawhiti and together with Te Aitanga a Hauiti, he has developed strong relationships with both national and international institutions in the areas of indigenous art knowledge.