Philip Aldridge

Chief Executive

Philip AldridgeLeading the Arts Centre as it shifts from restoration to repopulation is Philip Aldridge, a well respected, experienced and energetic arts leader.

“I am extremely privileged to have the opportunity to lead the Arts Centre in its next phase of exploring and creating a hub for creative entrepreneurs.”

Philip was most recently the chief executive of New Zealand’s largest and best-attended theatre company, The Court Theatre. During his 13-year tenure, he oversaw the rebirth of the company in an empty Addington grain store after the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes forced it from the Arts Centre.

He was born in Scotland and raised in Yorkshire, England. He read history at Bristol University before taking a classical theatre training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

UK theatre work became his crust before a career in television drama and comedies, appearing in Silent Witness, The Bill, Boon, Emmerdale, Eastenders and the comedy series KYTV.

Philip then worked in corporate finance in London, establishing a boutique early-stage finance house that still flourishes. He sold his partnership and moved to New Zealand in 2002.

He was chairman of the Bank of New Zealand in Canterbury from 2012 to 2017 and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2012.