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The Team

Sarah Nathan

Sarah Nathan
CEO

Sarah is a passionate advocate for the arts, founded in her steadfast belief that a community that integrates creativity into its essential infrastructure and activities, enjoys a superior quality of life.

Her background in communications, marketing, event management, local government and strategy development means she has plenty of experience to draw upon to help her in her role at Creative Waikato.

Over the past 12 years Sarah has been an active member of the Hamilton theatre community, performing in everything from pantomime to improv to Shakespeare.

 

Adrienne Clothier

Adrienne Clothier
Funding & Development 

Adrienne works to support our creative sector by building investment in arts in the region. Her role has the dual focus of helping creatives attract funding as well as driving more funding for arts into the region overall. Adrienne also manages the Hamilton CCS Scheme and Arts and Culture Grant, as well as day-to-day finances of Creative Waikato.

Adrienne came to Creative Waikato after spending seven years working for the Hamilton Community Arts Council where she built up a in depth knowledge and  understanding of Hamilton’s artistic community. Adrienne has been one of the drivers behind the Hamilton Fringe Festival since it’s re-launch in 2008.

Paul Bradley
Creative Development 

Paul offers arts project assistance, facilitation, mentoring, marketing and promotions advice, project planning, and business  development assistance. His goal is to support and strengthen creative activity in the Waikato with a particular emphasis on positive and sustainable grass-roots creative community outcomes.

Paul brings years of creative development experience to this role. He has worked on a huge range of projects with young people, adults, people in prison, people who have experienced mental illness and intellectual disabilities, Māori communities, new migrants, and more. Paul has seen many times the power that creativity has to transform the lives of individuals and communities.

Craig McClure
Creative Development 

Craig works in facilitation, mentoring, project assistance and capability development in the regions. Having worked with both emerging and established artists, Craig is passionate about enabling creatives to succeed in their practice. Craig's background is in visual arts and has years of experience working with and running galleries as both artist and curator.

Craig has worked as a visual arts tutor for tertiary institutes and brings this skill set from the classroom to his role in creative development. He believes in bettering oneself by bettering those in the community around you.

Michelle Crowfoot
Support, Relationships & Liaison 

Michelle is our front of house goddess, creative space coordinator, and business support. The go-to gal for all Creative Waikato enquiries, and is the bomb at connecting the right people to together. If you are interested in booking our space give her a call.  Michelle also runs our fabulous on-line events calendar. 

Originally from the south of England, Michelle has lived in Auckland and Wellington. She's now nested in the Waikato and is passionate about raising the profile of the amazing range of diverse talent in arts of greater Waikato region. 

 

Desiree Ratima
Strategy & Research (maternity leave)

Des provides strategic arts planning and development advice.  If you're sometimes not quite sure where to start - Des is your woman. Specialising in organisational assessments, Des can help you identify the areas that require the greatest attention in order for you to achieve your goals.  Des also specialises in research and policy development, so is a critical part of the team when it comes to working in the area of wider regional and national arts issues.

Des has a varied work background having spent time in a law firm, business consultancy and local government. Des has extensive experience in strategy, planning, policy development, project management, organisational management and development, marketing/promotion and research. Des has served as a board member on the Foundation for Youth Development Trust – Waikato and was a Project K mentor. Des is passionate about providing opportunities for people and communities to be the best they can be.

 

Era Peihopa

Kaiwhakahaere i ngā Toi Māori

Creative Development - Toi Māori 

Ko Hikurangi te maunga

Ko Waiora te awa

Ko Ngati Hine te iwi

Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka

Era is keen to tautoko Māori artists in the region. This role combines her passions in Māoritanga and Toi Māori. She is keen to engage with artists and rōpu in local communities and believes the best way to do so is kanohi ki te kanohi. 

Era is currently working on delivering a series of workshops tailored to Māori artists with a particular focus on areas such as Marketing, Business Practice, Project Management and Funding. Artists will have access to best practice speakers, knowledgeable in their fields to gain insights and info for practical application in their own mahi or practice....Mauri ora!   

Jimmy
Welcomes & Retrievals 

Jimmy is highly experienced in all forms of greeting and can do so in any language. His invaluable contribution to the team includes entertainment of visitors (speciality in two legged belly dragging) and breaking the ice at awkward moments.

Jimmy has years of retrieval practice and anything thrown across the room will be immediately returned to you at no cost. This month Jimmy is offering upstairs-downstairs retrievals for the cost of a short belly rub. He looks forward to meeting and greeting you soon.