Showbiz Christchurch President Markham Lee is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Scandrett to the Board of Christchurch Operatic Inc.
Tim fills one of the two external directors’ positions on the Board of Showbiz. Those positons were created a number of years ago so that the Board of Showbiz could appoint from outside the organisation to complement the skill base of the Board or management.
“We have kept this position vacant for around a year whilst we found the right person to fill our needs,” said Markham. “Tim ticks all the boxes and then some. It is not usual for this position to be filled by someone with industry knowledge, but to have someone who also brings such industry experience is fantastic.”
Tim has a long association with the arts in Christchurch. He has been a performer, a producer and event manager for many shows and events throughout the city, and has run a successful event management company which worked with many leading stakeholders in the Christchurch entertainment industry.
He is also Chair of the Board of the Christchurch City Council venue management company Vbase, a board member of ChristchurchNZ, and a second term City Councillor for the Cashmere Ward.
“I’ve always had a passion for the arts, and regard Showbiz Christchurch as the leading light in the Christchurch Performing Arts arena,” says Scandrett.
Current Showbiz Christchurch board members are Markham Lee (President), Sarah Greenwood (Vice President), Diane Brodie QSM, Violet Blay, Nickie Wellbourn, Phillip Blacktopp and Tim Scandrett.
Showbiz Christchurch, founded in 1938, is a not-for-profit organisation incorporated society, with an elected board, small management team and a community of more than 1000 members and regular volunteers. As well as providing education and development for the performance community, Showbiz Christchurch is one of the leading producers of world class musical theatre in New Zealand and is a driving force for the industry throughout New Zealand.
The organisation is a significant contributor to the vibrant arts environment in Christchurch and a partners with the Christchurch City Council providing arts and entertainment programmes to meet their community arts and culture objectives. Showbiz is the primary annual hirer of the Isaac Theatre Royal and is the major client of several of the cities key theatrical technical supply companies.