CONNECTING IN ACTION WEEK
GOVERNANCE & SUPPORT: meet the Sistema NZ Steering Group
Leigh Auton is founding Director of Auton & Associates Ltd, Director on the Ngapuhi Asset Holding Company (NAHC), Ngapuhi Service Station Ltd (NSSL), Auckland Council Properties Ltd and Chair of SCM Group Ltd. Leigh was the Chief Executive of Manukau City Council, a position that terminated with the formation of the new Auckland Council on 1 November 2010. He has extensive local government experience with a particular background in environmental planning and infrastructure.
Barbara Glaser is the Chief Executive of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. She holds a B Mus (trumpet) and BA from the University of Melbourne. She taught music at various schools and has been involved with orchestras for all of her professional career. As an orchestra manager she held roles with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, where she spent 15 years. Barbara is passionate about promoting the value of music in young lives.
Kerry is a Principal Adviser with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Previously he worked at the Arts Council of New Zealand (Creative New Zealand) with arts-in-education and theatre programme responsibilities. On secondment to the Ministry of Education he managed the development of The Arts in New Zealand Schools, one of the seven compulsory areas in the national curriculum. Kerry’s early background is in secondary school teaching. He is keenly interested in all areas of young people’s participation and learning in the arts.
Geraint is the Chief Executive of Counties Manukau DHB, one of New Zealand’s largest District Health Boards, servicing more than 450,000 people. He is originally from Wales where he was Director of Health and Social Care Strategy. He holds a Master of Management and Health Policy from the University of Birmingham and is an honorary lecturer at Auckland University’s Clinical School and Associate Fellow at University of Birmingham. A member of the Institute of Directors, and on the advisory board of the New Zealand Centre for Social Innovation, Geraint is a former, very amateur viola player, and is passionate about music.
Euan Murdoch is Chief Executive of Chamber Music New Zealand, a dynamic and vibrant network that has delivered chamber music throughout New Zealand since 1950. He is also a respected cellist and music educator and has a commitment to supporting community music initiatives. Euan has been a guest tutor for the remarkable Buskaid Soweto String Project. He is a trustee of a number of community-based music projects. These practical skills augment his philosophy of bringing music closer to people.
Diane has significant experience in community development as the Group Manager, Community Services at the former Manukau City Council. She has an MBA (Monash University) and is a member of the Institute of Directors and the New Zealand Institute of Management. A long-time Howick resident, she is currently chair of the board of Otara Health and a member of the South Auckland Community Response Model Forum. With a strong commitment to community development, Diane is passionate about encouraging innovative programmes that make a difference to young people’s lives.
Bill Takerei is the CEO of the Otara Boards’ Forum Inc and Manukau Truancy Service. Although currently in the education sector he has over 25 years experience as a Senior Manager/CEO in managing non-government organisations and has a strong background in the health and social services areas. Bill is actively involved in the Otara community and has a passion for both the area and its people. Otara has a reputation for being an innovative community and with its diverse population has been to the forefront of different successful initiatives. Bill expects this will continue with the introduction of Sistema Aotearoa to Otara.