At the last NZCF AGM Chair John Rosser and Simon Christie both stepped down from the Governance Board. John’s contribution has been acknowledged here but we would also like to thank Simon for his contribution to the Digital Strategy portfolio.
NZCF is delighted to welcome Toby Gee and Robert Wiremu as the newly-elected Governance Board members for the NZCF. We are also pleased to welcome Warwick Harvey as a co-opted member of the Board, bringing the new complement of Board members, following the recent change to the Constitution, to eight.
Toby Gee is a barrister and mediator at Lambton Chambers, Wellington, specialising in commercial and insurance-related disputes. He has appeared in courts up to the Court of Appeal in both England and NZ for over 25 years. Past governance experience includes chair of UK charity Porters’ Progress, trustee of the Dulwich Village Church of England Infants School, and vice-chair of the Lambeth Law Centre. He is also a countertenor. He was a choral scholar at Cambridge University, lay clerk at Southwark Cathedral, and sang in the Cambridge Taverner Choir for 20 years. He has done solo work in several countries, and conducted choirs and orchestras. Toby believes music is a universal language which should be inclusive and open to everyone: classical music and the choral tradition need to reach out to all ages and cultural backgrounds, so they feel this is a part of their world.
Warwick Harvey has had a lifelong involvement in choirs from school, the North Shore Youth Choir conducted by Stuart Manins, the original University of Auckland Festival Choir conducted by Peter Godfrey which travelled to USA, England and Europe, and the Auckland Dorian Choir, also conducted by Peter Godfrey. His choral administration experience has included being on the committee of both the Festival Choir and Dorians for which he was also Chair. He has been the Chair of Auckland Youth Choir for the past five years. His governance experience has included being President of the Human Resources Institute and Chairman of Board of Barnardos. Warwick has spent his career in human resources management including time as a Consulting Partner in Deloitte and Human Resources Director of a large insurance company. For the past 12 years he has been Chief Executive of Stratos Limited (now rebranded as Benestar Group) a leading provider of workplace wellbeing services.
Robert Wiremu describes himself as “one of many beneficiaries of our national choir system”. He has been a member of the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir, the New Zealand Youth Choir, the World Youth Choir (where he represented NZ), and Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir. Robert has also been on the musical teams of the NZSSC, NZYC and ‘Voices’. Last year, he was invited to be the Artistic Adviser for Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand. Currently, he is the deputy director of the University of Auckland Chamber Choir, and Director of the university-based women’s choir, Accord. Robert has adjudicated at regional and national levels for The Big Sing, been on committees for Sing Aotearoa, where he has also given presentations on his ‘Vowel Clock’, and consulted for international performers such as The King’s Singers, Chanticleer, and The Europa Cantat.