Arts Access Aotearoa is governed by a board of trustees. Richard Benge is the Executive Director Kaiwhakahaere Matua and Lynley Hutton is the Chair. You can contact staff via email or by calling the main office line: 04 802 4349.
Richard Benge MNZM, Executive Director | Kaiwhakahaere Matua
Richard is responsible for delivering the strategic plan. He manages the staff 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, then for Arts Access Victoria as an artist-in-residence in psychiatric hospitals and for Access Arts Queensland.
Conor Twyford, Policy Principal | Kaiārahi Kaupapa
Conor has had a long and varied career working in strategy, campaigns, policy and management in the community and voluntary sectors. She works part-time for Arts Access Aotearoa on these and other related areas. Conor has a passion for the arts and looks forward to one day opening her gallery in Pukerua Bay, where she lives with her 18-year-old twin sons and their cat, Biko. She is also undertaking a PhD about sustaining youth activism on climate change.
Caleb Gordon, Projects Coordinator | Kairuruku a Toi
Caleb's role is to support Arts Access Aotearoa's vision by co-ordinating the four Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund projects and the 2023 Arts Access Aotearoa Fellowships programme. Caleb has a BA degree and post graduate diploma in art curatorship, and has worked in libraries, galleries and museums. Most recently he worked at Experience Wellington, where his focus was on events and visitor experience. He works Monday to Thursday.
Dawa Devereux, Business Administrator | Kaipakihi
Dawa 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.
Dev Singh, Finance Manager | Kaiwhakahaere Putea
Dev is responsible for managing the finances of Arts Access Aotearoa. This includes producing annual budgets, monthly financial results, monitoring of expenditure, payment of creditors and payroll, as well as other projects. Dev has a BCom degree and a LLB degree. 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. Dev works on Tuesdays.
Cae Heke, Assistant Administrator | Kaiāwhina
Cae (Ngāpuhi, Waikato/Tainui) has joined Arts Access Aotearoa as Kaiāwhina to Dawa, assisting with the internal workings of the organisation and its growth. Cae’s background is in various creative communities: toi Māori, cultural engagement and administration in architecture. She has most recently worked in local music journalism. Cae holds a Bachelor (Hons) in Industrial Design degree and has completed study in Te Reo Māori, Tikanga and Kawe. Cae works Monday till Thursday.
Airini Gordon, Administration and Projects Assistant | Kaiawhina Whakahaere a Mahi
Airini (Ngai Tahu, Te Arawa) is responsible for updating the database and assisting with other projects. She volunteered with Arts Access Aotearoa for four years before joining the team in 2020. Airini has held a number of other volunteer roles, and has studied business administration and Māori at university level. She is a member of Wellington Batucada, a samba drumming group of more than 100 members. Airini works Wednesdays and Fridays.
Access and inclusion
Stace Robertson, Lead Accessibility Advisor | Kaiārahi a Toi Ōritetanga
In this role, Stace is leading two Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund projects. His strategic work on access and inclusion includes advising the arts sector on accessibility policies and advocating for increased access. Stace is a practising artist, working in painting and ceramics. He has a BMA (hons) majoring in painting and sculpture from Wintec, and has a background in advocacy and community development. As a disabled person, Stace has strong connections in disability communities and is passionate about access and equity. Stace works Monday to Thursday.
Milly Hampton, Arts For All Activator | Whakahohe a Toi Ōritetanga
In their role as Arts For All Activator, Milly is the first port of call for arts venues, organisations, festivals and practitioners wanting to become more accessible and inclusive in the arts. Milly also facilitates regional Arts For All hui across the mōtū. Milly comes from a background in libraries and community arts, and is a practising artist working in textiles and illustration. They work Monday to Thursday.
Arts in Corrections
Neil Wallace, Arts In Corrections Advisor | Kaiārahi A Toi Ara Poutama
Neil’s role is to advise Ara Poutama Aotearoa Department of Corrections about its arts and creativity programmes in prisons and Community Corrections sites. Neil (Ngati Irakehu, Kati Kuri, Kai Tahu) has a background in arts leadership and governance roles. He has an Advanced Diploma in Art & Creativity and a degree in creative media. Neil also lectures in professional portfolio and exhibition studies at Ucol – Te Pūkenga. He works Monday to Thursday.
T: 027 263 6711
Andy Glanville, Arts in Corrections Activator | Whakahohe a Toi Ara Poutama
Andy is leading a Cultural Sector Regeneration Fund project to develop resources that support guide artists wishing to facilitate arts programmes in prisons. Andy has a background in alternative education, museum education and public programmes. He is passionate about art education and has delivered art programmes in Aotearoa, the United States and South Korea. He is a practising artist and has also worked in the art departments of motion pictures. Andy works Monday to Wednesday.
Kate Hiatt, Creative Spaces Advisor and Team Leader | Kaiārahi a Toi Whakawātea Tangata
Kate’s role is to support and connect creative spaces in New Zealand, and champion their value. Kate has extensive experience in the performing arts sector – as a performer, a creator and in a range of administration roles. She has also worked in the health, community development and philanthropic sectors. She was the Community Engagement and Grants Manager for Wellington Community Trust for seven years. She has an MA in Arts Management. Kate works Monday to Thursday.
Fiona Waitere, Project Administrator, Creative Spaces Professional Development Programme | Kaupapa Kaimahi
Fiona’s role is to support Kate Hiatt with providing professional development to creative spaces across the motu. Fiona has worked for many years with rangatahi as a secondary school art teacher and Head of Faculty. She has a colourful and creative background as an advocate for all things arts- based and champions the arts as an integral aspect of self-discovery and of weaving a community together. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Diploma in Secondary Teaching. Fiona works Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Arts Access Activator Auckland | Whakahohe a Toi Putanga ki Tāmaki Makaurau
Jazz's role is to engage the Creative Spaces Network in Tāmaki Makaurau, promoting the value of participation in the arts, and providing training opportunities that support staff development and promote their artists, programmes and activities. Jazz has been working in music and events for 20 years, running her own independent radio station and charitable trust. She is passionate about Polynesian culture, and creating different platforms and communities. Jazz has a Diploma in Media Management and Media Production, and has extensive knowledge in media, events and the non-for-profit sector.
T: 021 886 675
Hannah Dahlke, Creative Spaces Funding Advisor | Kaiārahi Kohi Moni
Hannah’s role is to support the Creative Spaces Initiative, which provides critical funding for the creative spaces sector. Hannah has a MA in Creative and Performing Arts majoring in Dance Studies from the University of Auckland. She has worked extensively in arts administration in both Aotearoa and the United States over the past 15 years, including as a Grants Specialist for the Washington State Arts Commission. Hannah works Monday to Thursday. Hannah is taking maternity leave from 15 June 2023.
Lucy Marinkovich, Creative Spaces Funding Advisor | Kaiārahi Kohi Moni
Lucy’s role is to support the Creative Spaces Initiative, which provides critical funding for the creative spaces sector. Lucy has worked extensively in the arts as both a creator and performer, as well as in education, administration and advocacy roles. An Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi awarded artist, Lucy is the Artistic Director of dance theatre company Borderline Arts Ensemble and founder of community dance programme InMotion Dancing with Parkinsons. Lucy works Monday to Thursday. This is a maternity leave role.
Iona McNaughton, Communications Manager | Kaiwhakahaere Whakawhitiwhiti Kōrero
Iona’s role includes writing, editing, promotions and advocacy. She manages Arts Access Aotearoa’s website and its social media platforms. She joined Arts Access Aotearoa in 2008 following a 15-year career as a journalist and then working at Creative New Zealand from 1997 to 2005. She has a BA (Hons) in English Literature from Otago University, and is also a published children’s writer and former editor. Iona works Tuesday to Friday.
Sophie Macdonald, Communications Assistant | Kaitautoko Whakarite
Sophie’s role is to support Iona and the wider Arts Access Aotearoa team with communications initiatives, social media and website content management. Sophie has a BSc in Geography and a Postgraduate Diploma in Publishing. She has worked extensively in marketing and communications roles both in Aotearoa and internationally. She runs a photography business in her spare time. Sophie works Tuesday to Thursday.