New Arts Foundation Trustees and Governors announced — 05.12.12

Two new Trustees and three new Governors were announced at the Arts Foundation's AGM held on 4 December 2012

The Arts Foundation is pleased to welcome Christchurch-based lawyer Garth Gallaway and Wellingtonian Neil Plimmer to the Board of Trustees and Elizabeth Kerr, Jim Geddes and Bill Gosden to the Arts Foundation's College of Governors.

New Trustees:

Garth Gallaway (Christchurch) is a partner in Chapman Tripp's Christchurch office, specialising in civil litigation, insurance law and health and safety defence work. Garth has been a passionate collector of New Zealand art for many years, with a particular focus on painting and photography; he has been a member of the Council of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and is currently a trustee of the Christchurch Art Gallery Trust, Chairman of the W A Sutton Charitable Trust and a member of the Film and Literature Review Board. Garth is also the wine writer for Avenues magazine and a member of Radio Sport's cricket commentary team.

Neil Plimmer (Wellington) has a background in public service and arts administration. After graduating M.A. in history from Victoria University of Wellington he spent 20 years with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs serving in Apia, Washington DC, Rome and Canberra. He was then for many years Chief Executive of the New Zealand Tourist Department. In both agencies he engaged with the promotion of New Zealand art and culture overseas, a subject in which he retains an ongoing interest. He is currently Chairman of the Wellington Sculpture Trust, which has installed 18 prominent public sculptures in Wellington during his 12 year term, Chairman of the PATA NZ (tourism) Trust, trustee of the New Zealand Art Show/Affordable Arts Trust, member of the Nelson Sculpture Trust Assessment Panel and other art related organisations. He is a former President of the New Zealand Book Council, Chairman of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Rotorua. He was awarded the 1990 Commemorative Medal for services to tourism.


Elizabeth Kerr has had a long career in music and the arts as teacher, lecturer, arts manager and board member. In 1989, after 13 years teaching at Victoria University in the School of Music, she left as a Senior Lecturer to become Manager of Music programmes at the QEII Arts Council of NZ.  She was Manager of Radio NZ's Concert FM, Chief Executive of Relationship Services and Chief Executive of NZ Historic Places Trust before returning to the Arts Council (Creative New Zealand), as Chief Executive, from 2000 till 2006. She then became Manager of the New Zealand String Quartet from 2006 - 2011 and is currently a free-lance arts commentator and consultant. She has served on the boards of the NZ Symphony Orchestra, the Centre for New Zealand Music (SOUNZ) of which she is current Chair, the NZ String Quartet Trust, the Antarctic Heritage Council, the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA), the Wellington Orchestra and the Douglas Lilburn Studio Trust. Elizabeth also works at a critic and commentator in print and broadcast media, including writing for the NZ Listener and presenting reviews and programmes for Radio NZ Concert.

Jim Geddes QSO is currently the Head of the Arts and Heritage Department of Gore District Council. He was instrumental in establishing the Eastern Southland Gallery, which in 2003 underwent a major redevelopment with a new wing added to house the John Money Collection and Ralph Hotere Gallery. Other major local developments have included the Hokonui Heritage Centre in Gore, which features the Hokonui Moonshine Museum and the establishment of a professional lithographic studio with equipment gifted by Muka Studios of Auckland. An additional artist-in-residence facility has just been completed within an historic Gore church building. Jim was made a Companion of the Queens Service Order in the 2005 New Year's Honours, received the 2005 Creative New Zealand Outstanding Individual Contribution Award, as well as the 2008 Museums Aotearoa Individual Achievement Award.

Bill Gosden - Bill Gosden MNZM (Wellington) has worked in cinemas since he was sixteen and began writing about films in his high school newspaper at the same age. He became the administrator of the New Zealand Federation of Film Societies and the Wellington Film Festival in 1979 and was appointed the Federation's Programme Director in 1980. He was designated director of the Auckland International and Wellington Film Festivals after overseeing  their amalgamation in 1984. In subsequent years he has overseen the expansion of the Festival into a national event, The New Zealand International Film Festival. He is the CEO of The New Zealand Film Festival Charitable Trust and currently designated the director of The New Zealand International Film Festival. He has worked as a programme adviser to the International Film Festival Rotterdam and curated programmes of New Zealand film for the Australian Film Institute (Sydney) and Imagem dos Povos (Belo Horizonte).

Image:  New Trustees - Garth Gallaway and Neil Plimmer