Choir management


Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand


His Worship the Mayor of Wellington Andy Foster

Nigel Mcintyre (Administrator), Osmond Borthwick, Frances Manwaring (Chair), Lison Harris, Callum Osborne

Arts Administrator

Nigel Macintyre 

An established arts administrator who has worked with Orpheus Choir since 2017, Nigel has also held roles at the New Zealand Festival and NZ Opera, among others, covering a range of arts management disciplines.  He also acts in governance roles in the arts sector, including both Wellington Treasure Trust (Verb Festival / LitCrawl) and The Zimbelstern Foundation (New Zealand International Organ Festival), for both of which organisations he acts as Treasurer.

Prior to entering in the arts world, Nigel was a Business Consultant specialising in people-based issues and frequently taking locum senior management roles across a range of industries.

Board Members

Osmond Borthwick

Originally from Australia, Osmond has been based in Wellington since the dawn of the 21st century and a member of the Choir since 2010.  He has played in rock ‘n’ roll bands, been a reggae music broadcaster and organised some memorably “massive” dance parties, but choral music is always a big part of his life.  His career as a senior leader of people and projects has been based firstly in the Commerce Commission, then in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Lison Harris

NgaiTahu/Kati MameLison is a public servant with a background in law. She has comprehensive experience with strategic planning and stakeholder engagement, and is committed to representing the choir’s views on the Board.  She has been a member of the choir for more than six years, serving as chair of the choir committee for some of that time.

Debbie Gee

Debbie holds a number of work portfolios: Associate trainer at Project Plus; Managing Director at Finishing Touch; specialist in stakeholder engagement, strategic and change communications, and reputation and brand management; trainer, coach, facilitator, MC, presenter and public speaker. Debbie is of NgāiTahu/Kati Mamoe descent and have good understanding of and deep respect for Tikanga Māori. She holds an MBA, is Vice President and Advocacy Committee Chair of Zonta International Wellington and a Board Member of Volunteer Wellington and New Horizons Women’s Trust: Hine Kahukuru.

Frances Manwaring (Chair)

Frances is an experienced company director with an international communications career spanning more than three decades at senior level in sectors ranging from international media and publishing to retail. As Managing Director of Creative Agency Moxie Communications, Frances is a specialist in brand strategy and visual and written communications. She is Chartered as a Company Secretary, was co-found founder and Chair of tech startup ShowGizmo, is a former member of the Board of the National Council of Women of NZ and Trustee of Opera Hawke’s Bay, and has also held a range of governance and advisory roles in the NZ, UK, France and Spain.

Callum Osborne

Callum has been a member of Orpheus since 2017.  He is a senior student and tutor at Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law.  Callum has always been involved in choral singing, including 5 years with the Wellington Collage Chorale.  He brings a youth perspective into the management of Orpheus, one of Wellington’s proudest Arts and Cultural Institutions.

Choir Committee Chairs

Christine Pearce ONZM — Artistic Committee

Jane Shallcrass — Choir Committee

Veronica Reid — Marketing Committee

Brent Stewart — Operations Committee

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