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.

‘Ask a child who has attended one of our concerts – the Orchestra provides them with inspiration that can last a lifetime. Orchestra music united communities’  Susan Trodden – CEO 

More about Susan, our CEO

More about Sharon, our Events Manager

More about Anne-Marie, our Arts Administrator

More about Katrina, our Operations Manager

More about Peter Walls – Music Director Opus Orchestra

More about Rupert D’Cruze – Artistic Director Community

More about Tim Carpenter – Conductor YOW

More about Oliver Barratt – Conductor Rusty Players

The team also includes Stage Manager, Moses Simpson 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

Chair - Bob Simcock

Bob 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 a Councillor on the Waikato Regional Council and Chair of its Strategy and Policy Committee.

Nicolas Wells

Nicolas Wells is Treasurer for the Orchestras Central board.  Outside of this, he is Hamilton City Councils Strategic Property Unit Manager and can occassionally be found in the brass section of an orchestra or acting with Hamilton Playbox.

Katie Mayes

Katie has lived in the Waikato for ten years and is currently the leader of the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra.  She was a violinist with Opus Orchestra for five years and has a good understanding of orchestras after playing with many of them over the past twenty years.  Her career has focused on environmental policy and strategic planning in the public and private sectors.  Through her work experience, Katie brings strategic planning skills and sound management acumen to the trust.  A background in law and public policy includes an LLB from Otago, an MPhil from Massey and an MSc in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics.

Robert Johnson

 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.

Tim MacIndoe

Married to Anne with two adult daughters, 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. During his years in Parliament, Tim has served on the Social Services Select Committee for four years, as Deputy Chair of the Regulations Review Committee, on the Education and Science Select Committee for two years, and as Chair of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee prior to his appointment to the Government Whips Office in January 2013.

Daphne Bell

Daphne has long been an appreciative audience menber for orchestral performances and says she is besotted by Beethoven (and more).  She regards the merger of our three orchestras as a smart, forward-thinking initiative.  She has had a broad involvement in a range of local organisations and received an MNZM for services to the community.  She brings funding knowledge to Orchestras Central after nine years as a Hamilton City Councillor, five years with Trust Waikato and as a member of other funding trusts and organisations.


Rose brings a business and people focussed approach to the Trust. Currently General Manager Human Resources at DairyNZ, 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.

Jeremy Bell

Jeremy's background is mostly in theatre as a lecturer in Drama and as a freelance director in the UK and New Zealand. More recently he has been managing the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato, home both to the University's Music Programme and also the main Hamilton concert venue for both OPUS Orchestra and United Youth Orchestra. A self-confessed latecomer to the pleasures of the orchestral experience he hopes he brings some knowledge and experience of the trials and tribulations of the group creative process to the Orchestras Central board.



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