Our Trustees

The affairs and business of NCMA are controlled by our Board of Trustees. NCMA's trustees possess skills and expertise in the areas of music education, performance and business and/or financial management.

Jan Trayes, trustee, ncma

Jan Trayes (Chair)

Jan grew up in Auckland, attending Takapuna Grammar School, University of Auckland and Auckland College of Education. She has spent most of her working career in education, teaching at primary and secondary schools to senior management level and lecturing at Auckland College of Education. More recently, Jan has been based at the University of Auckland, gaining an Honours and Masters’ Degree in Organisational Psychology, concurrently working as an advisor to various Boards in schools and industry. She completed a PhD investigating youth performing arts in NZ and maintains a Research Fellowship at the University of Auckland. She is also a Trustee on the Nelson Historical Theatre Trust.

Mark Christensen, Trustee Nleson Centre for Musical ArtsMark Christensen

Mark was educated at Huntley School Marton, New Plymouth Boys High, and partially at Canterbury University.

He has served on the Buller Arts Council, the Southern Regional Arts Council, and currently chairs the Nelson Historic Theatre Trust. In 1992 Mark founded Multishowcase Cinemas to redevelop the State Theatre into the modern cinema multiplex it is today and is a Director of the company. He is the current President of the New Zealand Motion Picture Exhibitors Association, a member of NZ Motion Picture Industry Council, and a board member of the Independent Cinemas Association of Australia. In his spare time he installs projection and sound systems and provides design consultancy to cinemas.

Alex Davidson, Trustee Nleson Centre for Musical ArtsAlex Davidson

Alex Davidson is a Chartered Accountant and Associate Partner in the Nelson Marlborough Tax Division of Crowe Horwath (NZ) Limited. He has 20 years of experience in accounting, commercial and teaching roles, with the last 12 years specialising in taxation. Alex has broad experience advising a diverse range of clients in all areas of taxation, including assisting charities and non-profit organisations with their tax obligations.

Alex has recently returned to Nelson with his family and has a long-standing connection with NCMA as a performer and member of the audience. He is particularly passionate about Celtic music and plays Irish wooden flute and whistles, Highland and Scottish small pipes and guitar. He has been a tutor, committee member and treasurer for the Ceol Aneas Irish Music Festival, held in Nelson every Queen’s Birthday.

Lissa Cowie, Trustee Nleson Centre for Musical ArtsLissa Cowie

Lissa Cowie is a professional cellist and cello teacher with over 25 years of experience, working in Auckland, London, Glasgow and Nelson. She has performed with many groups including the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Festival Orchestra, Elgin Piano Trio and many other chamber music groups. Lissa has taught privately and at schools including Lady Eleanor Holles School, Jordanhill School and the Junior Department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD). She holds a BMusHons from Auckland University and PGDipRAM and LRAM from the Royal Academy of Music.

Since moving to Nelson in 2009 Lissa has strongly supported the top-of-the-South music scene where she performs, teaches and is a Trustee of the Adam Chamber Music Festival.

Gary O'Shea Nelson Centre of Musical Arts

Gary O'Shea

Gary was educated at Wymondham College (UK), Auckland University and Sheffield University and holds a master’s degree in educational management/administration.

He is a member of the Institute of Directors (MInstD) and served as a board member on the NZ Secondary Schools Sports Council.

He has recently retired from the teaching profession after a career spanning close to 40 years. During that time, he held leaderships roles in a wide range of schools in NZ and overseas (incl Niue and Hong Kong).

He held the position of Headmaster of Nelson College for over 13 years and brings to NCMA a wealth of experience in community linkage, strategic planning, youth needs and education.

He has a deep appreciation of the challenges faced by an iconic and historically significant institution including fundraising, heritage property renovation and philanthropy.

He is currently working as an independent education consultant, assisting client schools with governance and operation matters, including the performance appraisal of principals.

Alastair Kerr Nelson Centre of Musical ArtsAlastair Kerr

Alastair was born in the U.K. and educated at school in the West of Scotland and then the University of Glasgow where he gained an MA Hons in History and Politics.

He spent his executive career working across the world for many well known businesses and entrepreneurs. He now chairs a construction company in the U.K. and Cognition Education, Vet N. Z. and Paper Plus here in NZ where he lives. He sits on other boards in Europe, the Middle East and Canada and is a Trustee of the Adam Chamber Music Festival.