Board of Trustees

Julie Hardaker (chair)

Julie Hardaker was mayor of Hamilton from 2010 – 2016 and has been a strong supporter of the arts for many years. She has practiced law for over 25 years and operates her own law firm in Hamilton. Julie is also a governance professional and a Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute. She is chair of Governance New Zealand and Women on Boards, a director of Bay Venues Limited, and former chair of New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority.  Julie holds other private and not-for-profit board roles. Julie has a strong interest in governance training and supporting women to achieve governance success.

Kim Budd (deputy chair)

Kim has been the principal of Kaipaki school since 2017. She plays violin, flute, and piano and was a member of the Waikato Secondary Schools Orchestra. Kim plays with the Rusty Player Orchestra.

Heather Connolly

Heather is the Head of Philanthropy for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Cancer Society, and manages a team that is focused on creating a more sustainable funding model for the organisation.  Prior to taking up this role in mid 2024, she spent 21 years at the University of Waikato in a variety of positions, the most recent being the Director of Engagement and Executive Education for the Waikato Management School.  During her tenure Heather was also the Director of the Waikato MBA, and she facilitated the teaching of courses in strategic management at undergraduate and graduate level.  Heather is often found at business events in the region, and is a passionate advocate for the arts, having studied piano, flute, violin and singing in her earlier years.  More recently she has been known for her involvement in bands in the Waikato as a vocalist.  She is also a supporter of musical theatre working both on and backstage over the years, with the various groups in the Waikato. Now with her children and their musical aspirations, her passion lies in creating a sustainable musical ecosystem for the next generation of musicians.  Heather has had prior governance roles as a trustee for 7 years for Endeavour School (Chair for 4 years), as well as in the past for Hamilton Operatic Society.

Kathryn Lauder

Kathryn is a piano teacher and works in Rotorua, both as an itinerant music teacher in local High Schools and from her own home studio. Kathryn studied Music at Auckland University in the 1990s majoring in Performance Piano and in Composition. After graduating, she worked as a Secondary Music Teacher at Diocesan School for Girls’ in Auckland and Bethlehem College in Tauranga where she was Head of the Music Department.  As part of these roles, Kathryn has directed a number of instrumental ensembles and has enjoyed seeing young people flourish and grow through Music.

Theresa Le Bas

Theresa is the senior partner of Tompkins Wake’s Environmental Law Team, with more than 25 years’ legal experience in national law firms in both New Zealand and Australia. Tompkins Wake is a national law firm with particularly strong ties to the Waikato community, nurtured through the provision of legal services in Hamilton for nearly a century and in Rotorua for more than a century. Theresa is a current board member of the Tompkins Wake Board and a trustee of the Rotorua Public Arts Trust. To balance out the analytical focus of daily working life, Theresa is an enthusiastic amateur cellist, an occasional pianist and a keen masters rower. Theresa plays with the Rusty Player Orchestra.

David Waine

David is the Founder/Director of Matley Financial Services. He has an interest in companies and business in general, with an uncanny ability to reference cases and legislation, as well as being involved in different governance roles in national and local committees. David is also a Trustee of the South Waikato Achievement Trust, the Woodlands Trust at Gordonton, Chair of John Paul Vincentian Trust, Chair of Rangiura Rest Home, Secretary of the Animal Welfare Foundation and Treasurer of the Waikato JP Association. 


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