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The Three Lakes Cultural Trust was established in 2019 as a tax-exempt charitable company registered with the Charities Services section of New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs. Its mission is to support and encourage arts and culture in Queenstown Lakes District in ways that enrich the quality of life of residents and that contribute to the cultural, social and economic vitality and resilience of the District.

The Trust will help facilitate the growth of the dynamic local scene by supporting exciting infrastructure ideas and initiatives, in turn promoting a greater enthusiasm for arts and culture.

The Trust is philanthropically funded and some generous local residents have sponsored the Cultural Masterplan. The Masterplan will provide a framework for the Trust, including a context for its fundraising activities and distribution of funds. While the Trust’s work and public survey is independent of Queenstown Lakes District Council, the Trust has the backing of the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC). QLDC intends to align the outcomes of the study with future development of cultural and community facilities.

Trustees of the Three Lakes Cultural Trust are currently Julian Knights (Chair), Hetty Van Hale (Deputy Chair)  Bill Moran, Carroll Joynes, Jay Cassells, Bob Berry, Leslie Van Gelder, Julian Knights, Annis Somerville and Abby McCormick O’Neil. The Trust is delighted to have Sir Eion Edgar and Lady Jan Edgar as their co-patrons.

Board Members Jay Cassells, Hetty Van Hale, Bill Moran & Bob Berry

Sir Eion & Lady Jan Edgar

Co Patron

Sir Eion & Lady Jan Edgar K.N.Z.M., C.N.Z.M

Sir Eion Edgar retired as Chairman of Forsyth Barr Group Ltd in 2018, a Dunedin based firm of Sharebrokers and Investment Bankers and is now their Ambassador,

In 2004 he was named The NBR New Zealander of the Year and was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame and received the award of Senior NZer of the Year in 2010.

He is the Chairman of the Winter Games NZ Charitable Trust and the Queenstown Resort College. He is Chairman of the Sinclair Investment Group ( Family holding company) and is a former Trustee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand and The Foundation for Youth Development (formerly Project K), a Life Trustee of The Halberg Disability Foundation, The Rhododendrons for Dunedin Trust and The Skeggs Foundation.

He and his wife Jan have made substantial philanthropic gifts; the main ones being $1 million to each of the Edgar Centre in Dunedin, The Edgar National Centre for Diabetes and Obesity, the Edgar Olympic Foundation and the NZ Dementia Prevention Trust. They have also contributed to securing the naming rights of the new covered Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Their interests are family, all sports, travel, the arts and education.

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Julian Knights AO

Chair / Trustee

Julian Knights AO

Julian Knights has almost 40 years’ Financial Services experience, having held senior roles in investment banking and funds management in Europe and Australia. He co-founded leading Australian private equity firm Ironbridge Capital and chaired industry body Avcal. 

Julian has chaired a range of Arts and Social Justice Boards, including the Australian Major Performing Arts Board. In 2016 Julian was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for services to Arts and Financial Services. A recent focus has been developing fundraising capability in the sector.

Julian and his wife Lizanne have recently moved to permanently reside in the Wakatipu Basin

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Hetty Van Hale

Deputy Chair / Trustee

Hetty Van Hale

Hetty is based in Wanaka and is currently Communications Manager at Infinity Investment Group and also runs her own marketing and strategic planning consultancy firm. She has extensive experience in corporate communications and marketing and previous roles included Information Manager at Brierley Investments, Communications Manager for Carter Holt Harvey, and Marketing Manager at Treble Cone Ski Area. She has a BA in Linguistics from Victoria University and a post-graduate Diploma of Information Science from Riverina Institute, NSW, Australia.

Hetty is currently a Trustee of Central Lakes Trust, chair of Badminton New Zealand, co deputy chair of Winter Games New Zealand, deputy chair of Snow Sports New Zealand, and a trustee of the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust. She has been a past board member of Wanaka Wastebusters, Mt Aspiring College Foundation, Lake Wanaka Tourism, Project Crimson, and the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre of NZ.

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Bill Moran

Trustee

Bill Moran

Bill Moran is a former Deputy Secretary at the Treasury and has extensive governance experience, starting 16 years ago as co-founder and chair of Play It Strange through to today where he is Chair of both Sport NZ and High-Performance Sport NZ, Chair of Turn Up the Music, Deputy Chair of Otago Polytechnic, a director of Pioneer Energy and a trustee of Youthtown amongst other roles.

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Carroll Joynes

Trustee

Carroll Joynes

Carroll Joynes is a senior fellow at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and co-founded the Cultural Policy Center and served as executive director for its first ten years. He received his doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1981, taught at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York and at New York University, and returned to the University of Chicago as Associate Dean of Humanities in 1994.

In addition to establishing the CPC in 1999 and overseeing its development as co-director, he has served on the majority of its research projects, helping produce a comprehensive map of minority participation in Chicago cultural institutions, and contributing to Entering Cultural Communities: Diversity and Change in Nonprofit Arts.

He is co-principal investigator of Set in Stone, a large-scale study of cultural building in the United States. He also has served as a trustee of several cultural organizations in Chicago.

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Abby McCormick O'Neil

Trustee

Abby McCormick O’Neil

Abby McCormick O’Neil is a founding Trustee and active board member of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance located in Chicago‘s Millennium Park. Founded in 2003, the Harris is the only major performing arts facility build in Chicago in the past 100 years, joining the Lyric Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as an internationally recognized performing arts venues. Along with her current board service, Abby has previously held the position of board chair.

As a longtime advocate of arts and culture and its importance to community life and wellbeing, Abby has championed arts education in primary and secondary schools, supported a wide range of programming and artistic mentorship in Chicago’s vibrant music and dance community, and sponsored fellowships in art leadership programs. She also has relationships with many of the leading cultural institutions in Chicago including The Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum.

She has championed a wide variety of other philanthropic activities as well, including advocating on behalf of and supporting research for people living with bi-polar illness, protecting victims of sex trafficking, and supporting initiatives in LGBTQ communities. As a life trustee of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, she is committed to removing obstacles of inequality and improving life for those living in Chicago’s distressed communities. She has a family foundation that is deeply involved in all aspects of her work. Abby makes her home in Chicago and Queenstown.

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Jay Cassells

Trustee

Jay Cassells

Jay is a lawyer with over 40 years experience in environmental, planning and arts and entertainment law in Australia and New Zealand and is founding director of a film, media and arts company.

A published cartoonist and writer and a long term resident in Queenstown, Jay is married to a very lovely girl, (who was actually born in Queenstown), and father of two fine sons who are quite interested indeed to know in what shape the world will be left for them.

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Bob Berry

Trustee

Bob Berry MNZM

Former farmer and entrepreneur Bob Berry has been a long term active member of the Queenstown community and established Oamaru’s Whitestone Cheese in the late 1980s, he is also a member of the Arrowtown Creative Arts Society. 

Bob was a founding member of the New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association and served as chairman for five years, and made a life member of the association in 2012. A former Silver Peaks Country Councilor and Director of the Waitaki Tourism Board he also supports many community initiatives through the Whitestone Cheese company, including the Oamaru Opera House and the Alps2Ocean cycle trail.

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Leslie Van Gelder

Trustee

Leslie Van Gelder

Leslie Van Gelder is an archaeologist, writer, and conservationist who has lived at the Head of the Lake for the past 12 years. Originally from New York, she holds a Ph.D in Place Studies and Experiential Education and is a member of the Ph.D Programs Faculty of Education at Walden University. Her archaeological work focuses on Cave Art, focusing most specifically on lines people drew with their hands on the walls of caves  France, Spain and Australia, and on studying forms of light, illumination, and embodiment.

She has been involved in strategic planning work for the last 20 years in the non-profit sector focusing on successful strategies for communication, fostering leadership, planning and development, and visioning. She chairs the Glenorchy Heritage and Museum Group, is Executive Officer of the Whakatipu Wildlife Trust, and is involved in a wide variety of community activities.

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Annis Somerville (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waiaha Iwi)

Trustee

Annis Somerville (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha Iwi)

Annis was appointed to the District Court in 2001 and was the first Māori Family Court Judge. She and her husband were also the first husband and wife judicial appointments.
In 2017 she retired as a full time Judge but continues to sit as a part time Judge .
Born in Lawrence she went to the local primary school, then Waitaki Girls High School and subsequently the University of Otago graduating with a BA, Dip Tch, and a LLB.
Prior to becoming a Judge she was a teacher, had a clothing business and a label, was a lawyer for 24 years running her own law firm for 14 of those years . She was a founding member and convenor of Otago Women Lawyers Society (OWLS )and is now an honorary life member. She was also a founding member and subsequent Chair of the Family Law Section of the New Zealand Law Society . She is a Past President of the Otago District Law Society. She was on the Board of the Council of Knox College and Salmond Hall Inc Hall for 20 plus years. She is now a Fellow of Knox College.
During her time as a Judge she was a founding member and President of the New Zealand Association of Women Judges (NZAWJ). She was the Chair of Ngāi Tahu ki Tauranga Moana Inc Soc and a founding member.
She is currently a trustee on the Festival of Colour Board in Wānaka.
Both Annis and her husband have long-standing holiday connections to Wānaka and Queenstown . They have settled permanently in Wānaka and continue to enjoy visits from their whānau including their seven grandchildren.

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Jo Brown

General Manager

Jo Brown

Jo comes to us with a strong background in business development, event and relationship management and a genuine passion for people with fabulous communication skills to match.

Her role with the Board of Trustees will be to support the efficient and effective governance and operation of the Trust through the provision of marketing and business planning, stakeholder relationships communications, website and digital media strategy.

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Sarah Lyttle

Currently maternity leave

Sarah Lyttle

Sarah comes from a background in project marketing and brand development and works with the Board of Trustees to support the efficient and effective governance and operation of the Trust through the provision of marketing and business planning, stakeholder relationships communications, website and digital media strategy:

An avid skier, climber and competitive sports women, Sarah is also a keen musician and plays Saxophone in the Queenstown Jazz Orchestra.

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