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.

Roger Taylor, Trustee Nleson Centre for Musical ArtsRoger Taylor, MNZM

Roger was educated at Nelson College and University of Canterbury graduating with a BA and MCom. He is a Chartered Accountant and practised as a Corporate Finance Advisor and Company Director. Roger is a Council Member of Victoria University of Wellington and Director of Port Taranaki Limited. He is a Trustee of the Adam Chamber Music Festival and a former Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Member of the QEII Arts Council and the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company.

Bob Bickerton, trustee, Nelson Centre for Musical Arts NCMABob Bickerton, MNZM

Bob has a long association with NCMA, spanning over 30 years. He was appointed Director of the Nelson School of Music in 1987 and served through to 1994 where he organised the School’s centenary celebrations which included Nelson’s first music/arts festival. He is a Freelance Performer and Sound Engineer and currently manages the Adam Chamber Music Festival. Bob joined the board in August 2014.

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.

Jan Trayes, trustee, ncmaJan Trayes

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 consultant to the Stage Challenge Foundation and a Trustee on the Nelson Historical Theatre Trust.

Louise Walsh NCMA TrusteeLouise Walsh

Louise Walsh grew up and was educated in Wellington where a wide range of music has always been a part of her life. She studied law at Victoria University and was admitted to the bar in 1999. Subsequently, she has had ten years’ legal experience, working in both the private and public sector in New Zealand and the UK. Louise works as a lawyer in a local practice in the area of property, commercial and estate planning. Louise and her husband have three children, two of whom are now enjoying music lessons at NCMA.