Patron

Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand

Vice-Patron

His Worship the Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester

The Board of Management

The Choir appointed a Board of Management in 2006 whose responsibility is governance, strategic planning, financial management and seeking sources of outside funding. A part-time Administrator provides administrative support for the Board and Choir, and day-to-day management is handled by an elected committee of Choir members.

Board members

Chair: Karen Raitt

Karen possesses an in-depth knowledge of governance having spent years working to upskill school trustees about their vital role on the board.  In addition to spending the last eight years in the education sector, Karen brings strategic planning, communications, marketing and project management skills to the Board.

Most importantly Karen is passionate about the arts having spent most of her life supporting the many performers in her family. these performers range from opera singers to lead singers in pop bands in Los Angeles.  Karen’s aim is to ensure that performers have opportunities to express their talents and gift of music and for audiences to enjoy it.

Treasurer: Alison Hosie 

Bringing over twenty years’ experience of financial management to the Choir’s governance team, Alison is the Board Treasurer.  Passionate in her support of the arts and culture in Wellington, Alison has worked extensively in the not-for-profit sector and joined the Board in 2017.  In addition to her love of choral music, she also enjoys the world of ballet where she has, over the years, taken on both managerial and governance roles, and maintains a lively interest in Art Deco, fashion and watching her son play soccer.

Choir representative: Osmond Borthwick 

Originally from Australia, Osmond has been based in Wellington since the dawn of the 21st century and a member of the Choir since 2010.  He has played in rock ‘n’ roll bands, been a reggae music broadcaster and organised some memorably “massive” dance parties, but choral music is always a big part of his life.  His career as a senior leader of people and projects has been based firstly in the Commerce Commission, then in the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Choir representative: Lison Harris

Lison is a public servant with a background in law.  She has comprehensive experience with strategic planning and stakeholder engagement, and is committed to representing the choir’s views on the Board.  She has been a member of the choir for more than six years, serving as chair of the choir committee for some of that time.

Robert Brewer

Robert is Chief Executive of Spirits New Zealand Inc and has worked for over 25 years in public affairs and advocacy roles for government agencies as well as the private sector.  Robert is the former chair and a current Board member of the charity The Tomorrow Project.  Robert was a member of the National Youth Choir and when he has time pretends he can play golf.

Frances Manwaring

Frances is an experienced company director with an international communications career spanning more than three decades at senior level in sectors ranging from international media and publishing to retail.  A common thread has been a strong commitment to breathing life into great ideas.  Becoming Managing Director of creative agency Moxie in 2010 was a natural extension of this, as was co-founding tech startup ShowGizmo — a pioneer developer of smartphone apps for events.  Frances is a specialist in brand strategy and visual and written communications.  She chaired ShowGizmo’s board from 2010 until it’s acquisition in 2018.  She is a past member of the Board of the National Council of Women of New Zealand and has also held a range of governance and advisory roles in the NZ, UK, France and Spain.

Callum Osborne

Callum has been a member of Orpheus since 2017.  He is a senior student and tutor at Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law.  Callum has always been involved in choral singing, including 5 years with the Wellington Collage Chorale.  He brings a youth perspective into the management of Orpheus, one of Wellington’s proudest Arts and Cultural Institutions.

Arts Administrator Nigel MacIntyre

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