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The Three Lakes Cultural Trust was established in 2019 as a tax-exempt charitable company registered with the Charities Services section of New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs. Its mission is to support and encourage arts and culture in Queenstown Lakes District in ways that enrich the quality of life of residents and that contribute to the cultural, social and economic vitality and resilience of the District.
The Trust will help facilitate the growth of the dynamic local scene by supporting exciting infrastructure ideas and initiatives, in turn promoting a greater enthusiasm for arts and culture.
The Trust is philanthropically funded and some generous local residents have sponsored the Cultural Masterplan. The Masterplan will provide a framework for the Trust, including a context for its fundraising activities and distribution of funds. While the Trust’s work and public survey is independent of Queenstown Lakes District Council, the Trust has the backing of the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC). QLDC intends to align the outcomes of the study with future development of cultural and community facilities.
Trustees of the Three Lakes Cultural Trust are currently Carroll Joynes (Chair), Gizelle Regan (Deputy Chair), Bill Moran, Abby McCormick O’Neil, and Annis Somerville. The Trust is delighted to have Lady Jan Edgar and the late Sir Eion Edgar as their co-patrons.
Lady Jan Edgar and the late Sir Eion Edgar
Lady Jan Edgar and the late Sir Eion Edgar K.N.Z.M., C.N.Z.M
Sir Eion Edgar retired as Chairman of Forsyth Barr Group Ltd in 2018, a Dunedin based firm of Sharebrokers and Investment Bankers and became their Ambassador,
In 2004 he was named The NBR New Zealander of the Year and was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame and received the award of Senior NZer of the Year in 2010.
Until his passing he was the Chairman of the Winter Games NZ Charitable Trust and the Queenstown Resort College. He was Chairman of the Sinclair Investment Group ( Family holding company) and was a former Trustee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand and The Foundation for Youth Development (formerly Project K), a Life Trustee of The Halberg Disability Foundation, The Rhododendrons for Dunedin Trust and The Skeggs Foundation.
He and his wife Jan have made substantial philanthropic gifts; the main ones being $1 million to each of the Edgar Centre in Dunedin, The Edgar National Centre for Diabetes and Obesity, the Edgar Olympic Foundation and the NZ Dementia Prevention Trust. They have also contributed to securing the naming rights of the new covered Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Their interests are family, all sports, travel, the arts and education.
Chair / Trustee
Carroll Joynes is a senior fellow at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and co-founded the Cultural Policy Center and served as executive director for its first ten years. He received his doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1981, taught at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York and at New York University, and returned to the University of Chicago as Associate Dean of Humanities in 1994.
In addition to establishing the CPC in 1999 and overseeing its development as co-director, he has served on the majority of its research projects, helping produce a comprehensive map of minority participation in Chicago cultural institutions, and contributing to Entering Cultural Communities: Diversity and Change in Nonprofit Arts.
He is co-principal investigator of Set in Stone, a large-scale study of cultural building in the United States. He also has served as a trustee of several cultural organizations in Chicago.
Bill Moran is a former Deputy Secretary at the Treasury and has extensive governance experience, starting 16 years ago as co-founder and chair of Play It Strange through to today where he is Chair of both Sport NZ and High-Performance Sport NZ, Chair of Turn Up the Music, a director of Pioneer Energy and a trustee of Youthtown amongst other roles.
Abby McCormick O'Neil
Abby McCormick O’Neil
Abby McCormick O’Neil is a founding Trustee and active board member of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance located in Chicago‘s Millennium Park. Founded in 2003, the Harris is the only major performing arts facility build in Chicago in the past 100 years, joining the Lyric Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as an internationally recognized performing arts venues. Along with her current board service, Abby has previously held the position of board chair.
As a longtime advocate of arts and culture and its importance to community life and wellbeing, Abby has championed arts education in primary and secondary schools, supported a wide range of programming and artistic mentorship in Chicago’s vibrant music and dance community, and sponsored fellowships in art leadership programs. She also has relationships with many of the leading cultural institutions in Chicago including The Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum.
She has championed a wide variety of other philanthropic activities as well, including advocating on behalf of and supporting research for people living with bi-polar illness, protecting victims of sex trafficking, and supporting initiatives in LGBTQ communities. As a life trustee of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, she is committed to removing obstacles of inequality and improving life for those living in Chicago’s distressed communities. She has a family foundation that is deeply involved in all aspects of her work. Abby makes her home in Chicago and Queenstown.
Annis Somerville (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waiaha Iwi)
Annis Somerville (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha Iwi)
Jo has a natural and inclusive leadership style, and her ability to create tangible results under pressure was clearly evidenced by the success of RenewArt 2020, the Three Lakes Cultural Trust’s inaugural project after the COVID-19 lockdown.
With a genuine passion for people and fabulous communication skills, coupled with a National Certificate in Adult Education, Jo has built her career in Queenstown over many years. Her extensive local knowledge and strong background in business development, event and relationship management is a real asset to the Trust.
Her role as GM is to support efficient and effective governance, deliver the Trust’s Strategic objectives through the provision of an annual plan that incorporates marketing and business planning, stakeholder relationships communications, website and digital media strategies.
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Samantha comes from a background in event management, she holds a Bachelor of Business from Southern Cross University and is a co-owner of a successful boutique events agency in the region. Samantha brings her passion for customer experience and business organisation to the Trust.
You will find her working across varying parts of the Trust including administrative support, social media engagement and helping our team deliver key projects efficiently and effectively.
Projects + Communications
Rama has spent the last decade as a Graphic Designer, working across a spectrum of roles in branding, advertising and publishing. She also has a Bachelor of Arts from Otago University with a double major in modern art theory and design studies, as well as experience working with art galleries here and abroad. She enjoys supporting creativity and positive change making wherever possible.
Rama works in a dynamic role with the team, diving deep into projects and helping us deliver effective storytelling across digital and print media.
Te Kete Toi Curator
Based in Wanaka, Carrie loves to connect people and is excited to be the go-to person for the Trust’s online arts and cultural platform (Te Kete Toi), launching later this year.
With strengths in communication and organisation, she adds great marketing and product development experience gained from her previous roles in the tech, and property industries, as well as her Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Management) from the University of Canterbury.