Dr Benjamin Pitman – Chair
An artist and designer, Benjamin has also been involved in education, training and development since 1970, teaching at senior secondary, industry and university level.
Returned to Northland in 2013 after thirty-four years in Sydney and two in Kaua’i, Hawai’i. His other home is a 1762 stone village house in the south of France, deep in Cathar country where he teaches French and English and maintains a studio.
Benjamin spent many years as a Māori community leader in Sydney and was foundation secretary of Sydney Marae Incorporated and leader, Māori Satellite group, Rotary Club of Sydney CBD, serving also on the Sydney CBD Board as Community Services and International Director. He was made a Paul Harris Fellow in 2009.
He is active in Te Tiriti o Waitangi claims for Te Parawhau and Ngāti Hau. A great-great grandson of the Ngāti Hao o Ngāpuhi chief, Patuone, older brother of Tamati Waka Nene.
Graduate of the University of Auckland; Auckland Secondary Teachers’ College; University of NSW; University of Technology, Sydney; and, Catholic Institute of Sydney.
Iwi & Hapū Affiliations – Ngāpuhi: Ngāti Hao – Te Popoto; Te Parawhau; Ngāti Hau
Current Positions: Chairman, Te Parawhau ki Tai (Te Pouwhenua o Tiakiriri Kukupa Trust); Secretary and Leader, Business Development Unit, Akerama Marae; Member, Wairau Māori Art Gallery Charitable Trust Board and Trustee; Member, Haerewa Māori Advisory Board, Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tamaki; Trustee, Te Mana Toi o Hikurangi – Hikurangi Art Station; Member, Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery Project Control Group and, Project Action Team; Chairman, Creative Northland
Katy Mandeno – Trustee
Katy is a proud Whangarei local and has a passion for getting involved in causes that lead to positive change for people and places. Katy joined the Creative Northland board (formerly CHART) in February 2013, and is inspired and motivated by the organisation’s unlimited potential to support and grow the capacity and capability of Northland’s creative sector.
Katy is a qualified journalist and experienced communications and marketing specialist with over 15 years’ experience in strategy and development, marketing and project management in a range of industries including large corporate, health and education. She is currently a director at Level – a Whangarei-based strategy, marketing and design company – where she specialises in marketing strategy and communications, and also holds a role at Whangarei Girls’ High School as International Director.
Katy is in her fifth year as Trustee on the national board for the Immune Deficiencies Foundation of New Zealand / Kids Foundation and has recently joined the board of International Education sector body SIEBA.
She is proud mum to her three delightful and talented children, and loves her semi-rural lifestyle, nestled in an avocado orchard a short drive from the coast.
Phone: (09) 430 0710 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Morgan – Trustee (WDC Representative)
As Deputy Mayor and Councillor for the Maungatapere/ Mangakahia Ward, Sharon feels it is a privilege to be appointed the Whangarei District Council representative on Creative Northland Board in this term of office. Since first entering Council in 2007, Sharon has focused considerable energy on working collaboratively to strengthen relationships within Whangarei’s culture, heritage and arts sector, and between Council, the sector and funding agencies. This has assisted in the presentation of many iconic Whangarei events, such as the Sculpture Symposium and Artbeat, as well as a range of new initiatives and exhibitions involving people from throughout the district.
Her guiding philosophy is built around expectation: expecting great things to happen, expecting better than mediocrity, expecting to receive great ideas, expecting to make a difference to the district’s culture, heritage and arts sector, and expecting others to support her vision and to act upon it.
Phone: (09) 430 0710 | Email: email@example.com
Hayley MacDonald – Trustee
Hayley welcomes new challenges and recently transferred from private legal practice to a role as In-house Counsel for a former client organisation.
Joseph Stuart – Trustee
Bringing a wealth of experience in areas of mentoring and governance, Joseph is excited to join the Creative Northland team and support our creative community.
Joseph specialises in economic growth with experience spanning more than 15 years, from the hands-on environment of start-ups to the strategic requirements of large organisations. His current day job is General Manager of Business, Innovation and Growth at Northland Inc.
Along with a passion for influencing positive business growth, Joseph believes in the Arts and understands the needs and potential of Creative Northland to help grow and enhance our region. His understanding of the Arts at a grassroots level comes from previous roles as a producer, projectionist, set building and lighting designer. While in Wellington and alongside roles at the Ministry of Science and Innovation and Wellington City Council, he was a Trustee for Arts Wellington (Wellington Regional Arts and Culture Development Trust). He looks forward to being part of Creative Northland’s future.