Murray Newman

Deputy Chair

After qualifying as a chartered account with Deloitte in 1993, Murray headed for the UK and returned in 2006. Since returning to New Zealand he has worked in the IT sector, firstly as CFO of Intergen and currently as CFO, GM Corporate Services and a Director of Dimension Data.

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.

Murray joined 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.

Ian D McKinnonCNZM, 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.

Rutger Keijser

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.

Ray Ahipene-Mercer


Peter Maunder

Penelope Borland


Kirsten MasonGeneral
Kerry-Anne GilberdSponsorship
Margaret MyersEvent
Richard MiahMarketing
Garry SmithOperations

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