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, Chair, Nelson Centre of Musical Arts

Jan Trayes (Chair, Member Appointee)

  • MA hons Organisational Psychology
  • PHD Social/Music Psychology, University of Auckland
  • 25 years in primary and secondary education sector to Principal level
  • Lecturer, Auckland College of Education
  • Consultant/researcher for Stage Challenge NZ
  • Trustee, numerous school Boards
  • Consultant/Facilitator, wide range of School Boards and Boards of Directors
  • Trustee, Nelson Historic Theatre Trust
  • Grants Assessment Committee, Nelson Arts Council

Lissa Cowie, Trustee Nelson Centre of Musical ArtsLissa Cowie (Member Appointee)

  • BMusHons (Auckland), PGDipRAM and LRAM
  • 29 years professional cellist and teacher in Auckland, London, Glasgow and Nelson
  • Performances with many groups including Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Festival Orchestra, Elgin Piano Trio
  • Lissa has taught privately and at schools including Lady Eleanor Holles School, Jordanhill School and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD)
  • Trustee of the Adam Chamber Music Festival

Amanda Crehan (Council appointee)Amanda Crehan - Nelson Centre of Musical Arts

  • Solicitor and Managing Partner at Knapps Lawyers
  • 30 years legal experience as a lawyer in private practice in the UK and New Zealand
  • Director of NZ Law Limited
  • Vice Chair of Alzheimers Society Nelson Tasman
  • Immediate past Honorary Solicitor for Nelson Musical Theatre
  • Involvement in many local community groups including Nelson Civic Choir, Nelson Musical Theatre, Nelson Repertory Theatre, Avid Opera, Nelson Jazz Club

Alex Davidson, Trustee Nelson Centre of Musical ArtsAlex Davidson (Trustee appointee)

  • Chartered Accountant and Partner in the Nelson Marlborough Tax Division of Findex
  • Member, Institute of Directors (MInstD)
  • Over 20 years of experience in accounting, commercial and teaching roles, with the last 15 years specialising in taxation
  • Broad experience advising a diverse range of clients in all areas of taxation
  • Experience assisting charities and non-profit organisations with tax obligations
  • Trustee, Melrose House Society and Waimea Intermediate School


Maira FIllar, Trustee, Nelson Centre of Musical Arts

Maria Fillary (Council appointee)

  • B Comm (Otago), PG Dip Grad Marketing & Tourism
  • 20 years experience in tourism and arts marketing in New Zealand & the United Kingdom
  • Board member of Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve
  • Passion for music and arts

Alastair Kerr, Trustee, Nelson Centre of Musical ArtsAlastair Kerr (Trustee appointee)

  • MA Hons in History and Politics, University of Glasgow
  • Chairs construction company in the U.K.
  • Chair, Cognition Education, Vet N. Z. and Paper Plus here in NZ
  • He sits on other boards in Europe, the Middle East and Canada
  • Trustee, Nelson’s Adam Chamber Music Festival