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 give 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 first hand the cohesive effect of New Zealand. She admires this wonderful organisation run by volunteers who are also gifted singers.

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 Executive 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 Communities 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 base 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 

 

 

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