New Arts Centre chief executive appointment

10 April 2018

Philip Aldridge ONZM has been appointed Chief Executive of the Arts Centre of Christchurch. He will take up the position on July 2.

For the last 13 years, Mr Aldridge has been an energetic leader of The Court Theatre, now New Zealand’s best-attended performing arts company as well as the country’s largest professional theatre company. He led the relocation of Court from the Arts Centre a few months after the 2011 earthquakes to an empty grain store in Addington, making the Court the first large public organisation to rebuild and reopen.

Since then, he has led the initiative to bring the Court back into the city’s Performing Arts Precinct. In addition to his theatre responsibilities, Mr Aldridge was Chairman of the Bank of New Zealand in Canterbury for five years.

He says that The Arts Centre has been a testament to getting on with the rebuild.

“The arts are of the utmost important part in our community and 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,” Mr Aldridge says.

“An arts centre is a community centre and I look forward to creating quality cultural experiences for the whole community”.

Jane Parfitt has been Acting Chief Executive since February and will remain in the role until Mr Aldridge takes over.

Arts Centre Trust Board Chair Felicity Price says, “This is a critical time for the Arts Centre as it shifts from restoration to repopulation and Philip has proven ability to bring people together to experience the arts”.

The Board of the Arts Centre thanks Jane Parfitt for her strong leadership during this transition period and acknowledges the commitment of the rest of the Arts Centre Team for their work over the past few months.

Further information contact:
Olivia Egerton
Programmes & Partnerships Manager
The Arts Centre
Mob 021 619 884