Board of Trustees

The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora is an independent charitable trust governed by a board of trustees. The board ensures The Arts Centre fosters, promotes and facilitates interest and involvement in art, culture, creativity, creative industries, entrepreneurship and education.

Felicity Price


Arts Centre Trust Board chair Felicity Price is committed to the regeneration of The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, which she believes is the most significant public heritage site in Ōtautahi. Find out more

Erin Victoria Jackson

Deputy chair

Having established her career in "the new Christchurch", University of Canterbury graduate (LLB/BA) Erin Jackson was president of the university’s students' association for two years in the immediate post-quake environment. Find out more

Grant Dean

Board member

An accomplished executive producer and production director, Grant Dean has more than 20 years of international expertise in the development and publication of digital projects and content. Find out more

Maria Ryan-Young

Intern director

Maria returned to her home town of Christchurch in 2020 to take up the position of Managing Director of Harvey Cameron, and joined the board as Intern Director in March 2021. Find out more

Mark Russell

Board member

Mark joined the board of trustees in 2017. He has been in practice as a commercial lawyer for 35 years. Find out more

Michael Rondel

Board member

A born and bred Cantabrian, Michael Rondel has been an Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora trustee since 2011, being reappointed under the Act in 2015 and 2018. Find out more

Murray Dickinson

Board member

Murray brings extensive governance & financial experience to the board. He is the chair of the Finance & Audit Committee at Rangi Ruru Girls' School, and a director of eight Naylor Love companies. Find out more

Dr Rod Carr

Board member

Prior to his retirement in February 2019, Dr Rod Carr was vice-chancellor at the University of Canterbury for 10 years. Find out more

Corban Te Aika

Board member

Corban (Ngāi Tahu) was appointed to the board of trustees in July 2021. Find out more

Senior Management Team

The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora employs around 30 staff (22 FTE's) including educators, stonemasons, labourers, creative/programmes, administrators and management staff. They are led by a senior management team headed by the director who reports into the board of trustees. There is also a growing number of Arts Centre volunteers.

Philip Aldridge


Daniel Stirland

Operations Manager

Sheryl Keeley

Finance and Administration Manager

Chris Archer

Creative Director