Ainsley Walter appointed Chair of New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Board


Ainsley Walter has been appointed Chair of the Board of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) for a three-year term, the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, the Hon. Carmel Sepuloni.

“Ainsley is one of many influential women in the arts and culture sector and her appointment as President will only further support the growth of the orchestra,” said Carmel Sepuloni.

“Ainsley brings a rich repertoire of governance experience and strategic expertise. She has served on the NZSO Board since 2020, as a Trustee of the NZSO Foundation since 2016, in addition to being the former Country Director of Export NZ.

“As a passionate philanthropist, Ainsley has been involved in various fundraising projects and is also very involved in her community, playing a key role in establishing the Hororata Community Trust.

“Ainsley’s appointment will refresh the board as the NZSO seeks to become a more diverse orchestra, more representative of New Zealand’s Aotearoa communities, reaching a wider audience.”

“I recognize outgoing President Laurence Kubiak for his years of service to the Board since 2019 as President, as well as for his broader contributions since joining as a member in 2017. He has helped our national orchestra through exceptional times. these last years. .

“I am delighted with the recent appointment of the Pacific’s first woman, Wilma Smith, to the Board of Directors, as well as the reappointment of Edwin Read. Wilma has over 40 years of orchestral and musical experience. chamber music, notably as concertmaster of the NZSO and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of the New Zealand String Quartet.

“Edwin, who joined the NZSO Board in 2020, will continue to provide essential financial and business experience to the Board. The industry knowledge and capabilities that the two appointees bring will stand them in good stead as they are working to strengthen the NZSO brand both in Aotearoa and overseas.

“I look forward to seeing the Board continue to support the NZSO to reach new and diverse audiences across the motu and continue to nurture New Zealand’s finest musical talent,” said Carmel Sepuloni.

(With contributions from the New Zealand government press release)

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