Our people

Our people are you, the generous donors and the Foundation Board trustees.

The Foundation Board of Trustees

Our passionate team of experienced and involved board members give generously of their time and skills as volunteers.

 

Christine Keller Smith (Chair)

Christine joined the Auckland Choral Foundation Board while a Vice-President of the Auckland Choral Society but she is not a member of the choir, her interest in choral music comes from a background in community development. She talks about the honour of serving such a prestigious choir for the good of the city, the nation and even [when really high-minded] for civilisation as a whole. 

She has observed how choirs grow communities and is especially proud to be associated with New Zealand’s longest-running voluntary choir wit it’s professional standards, joyful members and large audiences.

Her professional life includes running Community Education Programmes in the Bay of Plenty and Franklin regions for 12 years before taking on the inaugural role of Alumni Director at The University of Auckland [1989 - 2004] followed by Alumni Director at the Australian National University. [2004 - 2010].

 

Craig Prosser (Treasurer)

Craig has been a trustee of the Foundation since 2013. His background is in finance and he currently works as a Finance Manager for a private equity firm. Craig is responsible for all the financial transactions undertaken by the Foundation and is responsible for preparing the year end accounts and reporting requirements required by the Charities Services.

Craig also works closely with the Auckland Foundation with whom we have a partnership and together are working hard to fund choral singing in Auckland and New Zealand. Craig is not a member of the Auckland Choral, but does like to follow a bass line in his local church’s choir.

 

John Stevenson

John enjoys choral singing and has been a singing member of Auckland Choral for 30 years. He has been fully involved in the society throughout that time serving for 20 years on the Auckland Choral Management Committee, much of that time as Deputy Chairman of the committee, and for several years as Chairman of the Finance subcommittee.

John is a  current Trustee of both Auckland Choral and Auckland Choral Foundation, the latter as a founding supporter.

 

Warwick Mitchell

Warwick brings over thirty years involvement in choral singing and over twenty years in management of choral organisations including Royal Christchurch Musical Society, Christchurch City Choir and over the last 23 years with Auckland Choral.  He is a current singing member and past Chairman of nine years for Auckland Choral and is a Trustee of four other “not for profit” organisations.

Warwick's business background includes thirty years as a senior executive specialising in sales and marketing for the Post Haste Limited group. Warwick joined the board in 2014 with the intent of sharing his extensive experience in choral administration, marketing and fund raising.

 

Traude Leibbrand

Traude has been a choral singer since 1998 and she is a past Chair of Auckland Choral. In this role she has been instrumental in updating the way the organisation operates and she has learnt valuable lessons about running a voluntary, community based organisation - something she has great interest in.  As a health professional running her own business, she is aware of the many positive effects that choral singing has on one's wellbeing - physically, mentally and socially. 

In 2015 she was invited to become a trustee of the Auckland Choral Foundation, a role in which she can continue to actively contribute to develop and nurture choral singing in New Zealand, and Auckland Choral in particular.

 

Beverley Rogers 

A singing member of Auckland Choral for 12 years, Beverley has enjoyed a lifetime of involvement in the performing arts and has sung with many choirs throughout New Zealand.  She has the choir’s best interests at heart, and as Chair of the Management Committee is committed to its success to offer performances of excellence and to bringing choral music to the wider community of the Auckland region both now and in the future.

Beverley’s commitment to community service over the years has extended across a wide spectrum having served on and chaired a number of charitable organisations trusts. She will bring value to the Foundation as a trustee with her significant experience in governance as well as her profession of event management.

To ensure the ongoing viability of the choir, Beverley is pleased to be a member of the Foundation, where she will work with other trustees to build on the strong financial foundation and develop ongoing investment growth.

 

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