Meet the team

The OCT Executive Team

We have a team of four in the office, supported by a group of hardworking volunteers including player reps, drivers, librarians and supper providers.

The Administration team is based at The Meteor Creative Hub.

‘we believe orchestral music can inspire us, bring us together and teach us about ourselves and the world around us – in short, it just makes life better!’  Susan Trodden – CEO 

More about Susan, our CEO

More about Sharon, our Events Manager

More about Anne-Marie, our Orchestra & Production Manager

More about Katrina, our Operations & Player Manager

More about Peter Walls – Music Director Opus Orchestra

More about Rupert D’Cruze – Artistic Director Community

More about Tim Carpenter – Conductor YOW

The team also includes Stage Manager, Moses Simpson, Finance Manager Loren Bennett and Intern, Natalie Garcia Gil. We also have a team of volunteers that support the work done in the office. 

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Board of Trustees

Robert (Bob) Simcock (Chair) has held both professional and governance roles in the health, agri-business, early childhood education, and central and local government sectors. As well as being Chair of Orchestras Central, Bob is currently Chair of the Waikato District Health Board, a Councillor on the Waikato Regional Council and Chair of its Strategy and Policy Committee.


Tim Macindoe has been MP for Hamilton West since November 2008.
Immediately prior to his election, Tim was Arts Waikato’s CEO and chaired the Waikato and Bay of Plenty Regional Orchestra Steering Committee.  Between 1996 and 2002, he was the Deputy Principal of St. Peter’s School, Cambridge.  He has directed, stage-managed and, in his younger days, performed in a number of plays and musicals.
Katie Mayes plays the violin with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra.  She played with Opus Orchestra for five years and has a good understanding of orchestras after playing in a large number over the past 35 years.  Katie was part of the OCT establishment group and has been involved in governance of orchestras for a number of years.  Through her work experience in the public and private sectors, Katie brings strategic planning skills and sound management acumen to the trust.


Robert Johnson has been a part of Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra as a double bass player and board member for the Waikato Orchestral Society for a number of years.  When he is not making music, he drives a school bus.
Jeremy Bell is manager of the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts in Hamilton, bringing with him a strong background in drama and performing arts.  He has been on staff at Waikato University for many years, where he helped develop the drama programme, after a time as a professional theatre director in London, including the Young Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company


Rosemary Macfarlane (Rose) brings a business and people focussed approach to the Trust.  Rose has a career spanning a range of people related roles: from teacher to social worker to HR; in public sector, private sector and not-for-profit organisations. With qualifications in both HR and business, Rose understands the need to connect individuals to the broader goals and ideals of the organisation(s) they are part of.   Rose’s focus is on shaping culture, growing leaders, and bringing together diverse skill sets, interests and hopes for the overall benefit of the organisation. She has an inclusive style, a pragmatic approach and a focus on the future.


Sean McCormack is Chief Financial Officer of NDA Group Ltd, a Hamilton headquartered, multinational stainless steel engineering and manufacturing business and as such brings a financial and commercial focussed approach to the Trust.   Originally from Ireland, but settled in the Waikato since 2004, Sean has had a career spanning finance roles across global professional services, IT, investment management and manufacturing/engineering organisations.  Sean is a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland



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