Orchestra Wellington Board

Francis Cooke QC – Chair

Francis is a barrister specialising in public and commercial law cases. He graduated with an honours degree in law from Victoria University in 1989, and also has a Masters degree from Cambridge University. After periods with major law firms in Wellington and London he joined the independent bar in 1994, it was made a Queen’s Counsel in 2004.

He has been involved in many significant public law cases, particularly those involving challenges to Government decision making, over his career. He also advises Crown bodies, and has conducted inquiries on behalf of Crown bodies. He has appeared in many cases in the higher courts of New Zealand, including the Supreme Court and Privy Council in both public law and commercial cases.

Francis has been associated with Wellington arts, and particularly classical music, for many years. He worked closely with the Orchestra and the Board by providing both legal and strategic advice and assistance during the reviews of orchestral funding by Creative New Zealand and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage before joining the Board. He is a lover of classical music, and a strong supporter of Wellington and its status of the arts centre of New Zealand. He became Chair in 2014.

Murray Newman – Deputy Chair

After qualifying as a chartered account with Deloitte in 1993, Murray headed for the UK and returned in 2006 when he joined industry leaders in international information technology, Intergen.

During his time in London, Murray worked solely for professional service firms and spent time with such organisations as Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Clifford Chance. His last role in London was as the Finance Director of a nationwide law firm.

In addition to Murray’s CFO responsibilities with Intergen, he is also the Company Secretary for Intergen’s Board of Directors and the General Manager of Intergen’s Corporate Services team.

Murray was co-opted to the Board of Orchestra Wellington in 2012 not only to provide the Society with his extensive expertise in finance and accounting, but also because of his working knowledge of core administrative functions in incorporated structures and large-scale service provision.

Caroline Heath

After graduating from Victoria University of Wellington with a BMus and BA, Caroline joined the University faculty, managing the University orchestra and administering performance courses for a number of years.

Caroline has held a variety of roles in the Ministries of Health and Transport, specialising in economic, financial and governance advice. She was selected to counsel two independent government review groups and has advised on major infrastructure investment and development initiatives. Most recently, she has been working with public sector boards and governing bodies to improve performance.

Caroline performed with the Orchestra Wellington from 1998 until 2008. She was a founding member of the Orchestra Players’ Committee and a previous Player Representative on the Board.

Ian D McKinnon CNZM, QSO, JP

Ian’s career was first in the independent school sector. He taught at King’s College in Auckland, where he was also a boarding housemaster, and then at Eton College in the UK, where he subsequently returned as Lower Master, cf Deputy Headmaster, in 1988. He was Headmaster of Wanganui Collegiate School from 1980–1988 and Scots College, 1992–2002, in today’s terms being also CEO at both schools.

Following his time as a Head, he set up an Education Consultancy advising school. In addition he was Chair of the Wellington College of Education for two years, in the period leading to its merger with the University in January 2005, and Chair of The Correspondence School for three years during its restructure.

Further, he has served and continues to serve on various other governing bodies, including for a number of years the Waitangi (now Link) Foundation for UK–NZ relations. For his work in the UK on the New Zealand 1990 Commemorations he was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal. He received the QSO in 1991 for services to NZ in the UK and in 1992 was made a Freeman of the City of London. In 2005 he became a Distinguished Alumnus of Auckland University and in 2013 he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and the community. He is currently Chair of NZ National Commission of UNESCO and is also a Justice of the Peace.

Ian was a Wellington City Councillor from 2004 and Deputy Mayor from 2007 to 2013 and has been a steadfast advocate for further investment in the Orchestra and the wider arts sector by Local Authorities.

Özer Karagedikli

Özer is Adviser in the Modelling Team at the Reserve Bank of NZ. He has a multitude of skills & experience that will prove useful to the Orchestra, but more than this, he is passionate about orchestral music and is committed to the wellbeing of the organisation.


Rutger has 25 years’ experience in senior consultancy, leadership and engagement roles across a number of high profile public and private sector organisations. Currently, he is Strategic Advisor and member of ACC’s Transformation Programme leadership team. Before that, as Chief Risk Officer, he established and managed ACC’s Risk and Compliance Office.

Rutger brings energy, creativity and pragmatism to get the desired outcomes and is an independent thinker and doer with the ability to lead, listen and connect.

While he does not play a musical instrument himself, he is passionate about music and, with his wife Landa, has always actively supported the arts and loves attending concerts in Wellington and previously in Amsterdam (the Concertgebouw) and many large and not so large places across Europe.

Stephanie Rolfe

Stephanie is a former member of the Board of Orchestra Wellington and rejoined the Board in December 2014. Previously a member of the First Violin section of the NZSO, she joined Orchestra Wellington in 2007 and holds the position of Principal First Violin.

Stephanie is a public servant who has worked in strategic, operational, change management, and relationship management roles across a number of agencies. She is also President of the Wellington Regional Asthma Society and a member of the Asthma NZ Board.

Stephanie holds Master’s degrees in French and International Relations, and a PhD in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Hawai’i.