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Staff 

Arts Access Aotearoa is governed by a board of trustees. Richard Benge is the Executive Director and Karen Webster is the Chair.

Richard Benge, Executive Director

Richard is responsible for delivering the strategic plan.Richard Benge, Executive Director He manages the staff and volunteer team. and reports to the board of trustees. His previous roles include Cultural Affairs Specialist at the United States Embassy in Wellington; Manager of heritage icon Old St Paul’s; and an independent events and communications specialist. After completing a B.Ed degree from Victoria College Rusden (now Deakin University Melbourne), majoring in drama and English literature, Richard worked as a high school teacher followed by Arts Access Victoria as an artist-in-residence in psychiatric hospitals and for Access Arts Queensland.

T:+64 4 802 4349
E: richard.benge@artsaccess.org.nz

Dawa Devereux, Business Administrator

Dawa Devereux, Business AdministratorDawa is responsible for the day-to-day running of Arts Access Aotearoa’s office, supporting the Executive Director and Board of Trustees and delivering the fundraising programme. Before joining the Arts Access Aotearoa team, her work has included office administrator and programme co-ordinator roles. Dawa has a BA degree majoring in theatre from Victoria University of Wellington. She has designed and built costumes and operated the sound desk for a number of Wellington shows.

T: +64 4 802 4349
E: dawa.devereux@artsaccess.org.nz

Dev Singh, Finance Manager (part-time)

Dev Singh, Finance ManagerDev is responsible for managing the finances of Arts Access Aotearoa. His role includes producing annual budgets, monthly financial results, monitoring of expenditure, payment of creditors and payroll, as well as other projects. Dev has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Otago and a Bachelor of Law degree from the Victoria University of Wellington. He is a full member of the New Zealand Australia Institute of Chartered Accountants. Dev has more than 20 years’ post graduate experience in finance.

T: +64 4 802 4349
E: dev.singh@artsaccess.org.nz

Stace Robertson, Access and Participation Advisor 

Stace RobertsonStace is the first port of call for arts venues, organisations, festivals and practitioners wanting to become more accessible and inclusive in the arts. He also runs the Advocates Network and co-ordinates Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards. Stace is a practising artist, working in various mediums and is currently exploring ceramics. Stace has a BMA (hons) majoring in painting and sculpture from Wintec. In 2016, he was awarded a Vodafone New Zealand Fellowship for a resource project that became All of Us, Minority Identities and Inclusion in Aotearoa New Zealand. As a disabled person, Stace has strong connections in disability communities and is passionate about access. He has a background in advocacy and community development.

T: +64 4 802 4349
E: stace.robertson@artsaccess.org.nz

Jenny Hutchings, Creative Spaces Advisor

Jenny HutchingsJenny’s role is to support and connect creative spaces around New Zealand, strengthening their resilience and capability, and championing the value they bring to the people and communities they support. Jenny has extensive experience in the arts and disability sectors, including start-ups, community development and administration roles. She worked as Community Development Manager at Māpura Studios in Auckland for three years. She has an MA in Arts Management and is studying for her MA in Arts Therapy. Jenny says she is very excited to be working with creative spaces through this newly created position with Arts Access Aotearoa.

T: +64 4 802 4349
E: jenny.hutchings@artsaccess.org.nz

Christopher Ulutupu, Arts in Corrections Advisor

Chris UlutupuChris delivers the Arts in Corrections Advisory Service and advocates for the arts as a tool supporting prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration. He is a practising artist of Samoan, Niuean and German descent. He holds an MFA from Massey University and a Bachelor of Performance Design (Hons) from Massey University and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. He has also worked for Community Corrections in Wellington and has extensive links in the arts and Pasifika communities. He has developed solo projects with SCAPE Public Art and The Physics Room, Ōtautahi (2018), Play station, Pōneke (2017), and CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa.

T: +64 4 802 4349
E: chris.ulutupu@artsaccess.org.nz

Iona McNaughton, Communications Manager

Iona McNaughton, Communications ManagerIona is a published children’s writer, a former journalist and editor. She worked at Creative New Zealand from 1997 to 2004. In that time, she project managed most of their publications, as well as writing and editing them. These included a quarterly arts magazine, the annual report and strategic plans, several research reports, and a guide to marketing the arts. In early 2009, Creative New Zealand commissioned Arts For All, a guide to providing access and marketing the arts to people with disabilities. Iona project managed and edited this publication and its revised edition in 2014.

T: +64 4 802 4349
E: iona.mcnaughton@artsaccess.org.nz 

Volunteers

We have a team of volunteers, who provide valuable support in a range of ways, including communications, database updates and office support. 

 

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