Farewell Sir John — 30.07.15

Arts Foundation Founding Patron and Trustee, Sir John Todd has died. The Arts Foundation sends our deepest condolences to the Todd family, especially Sir John's wife, Teena and his children Jenny, Katrina, Nicky and Mike.

Arts Foundation Founding Patron and Trustee, Sir John Todd has died. The Arts Foundation sends our deepest condolences to the Todd family, especially Sir John's wife, Teena and his children Jenny, Katrina, Nicky and Mike.

Sir John was one of the great founders of the Arts Foundation. A brilliant contributor to the early thinking that established the Foundation and a dedicated supporter thereafter. Sir John and Teena, Lady Todd regularly attended Arts Foundation events, hosted events and contributed in many unseen ways.

Sir John was a great friend to us all. He was deeply involved in the arts as a patron to a number of organisations and artists. He was a musician, entertaining many on his ukulele.

As inaugural Chair of the Arts Foundation's Finance and Administration Committee, Sir John ensured that the Foundation's Endowment Fund was well managed and he established important policies. Sir John's good guidance is one of the reasons that the original $5 million grant from the Lottery Grant Board is now over $6 million and that by the end of this year, the Arts Foundation will have given over $5 million in cash awards to artists.

Arts Foundation Executive Director, Simon Bowden says, "We will miss Sir John deeply. His support was given freely and with great generosity of spirit and heart. He was an advocate for the Arts Foundation and provided feedback and praise that made us proud. The Foundation was privileged to have Sir John's support and we remain inspired by his memory to do everything we can to provide effective and important support to the arts."

Photo: Sir John and Teena, Lady Todd at the Arts Foundation Icon Awards (2011) at Government House, Wellington.