ASHLEY QUENSELL - PLATFORM 4 GROUP
2018 – present
Ashley’s background in the entertainment and events industry spans over 15 years where he has been directly involved at a strategic level in the operational service delivery and venue security management of many high-profile events, festivals and concerts, as well as entertainment arenas and sporting stadiums in New Zealand, culminating in his current position as General Manager of Events & Venues for Platform 4 Group (P4G).
Ashley is very passionate about the New Zealand entertainment and events industry especially in his specialist areas of major event security and venue security. Highlights of his career include the RWC 2011 as the Lead Venue Security Manager for 15 Test Matches, closely followed by the British & Irish Lions Series in 2005 and 2017 as a Multi-Venue Security Manager.
Ashley currently sits on the P4G Board, as well as being an elected Board of Trustee Member at New Windsor School (Chairperson) and Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School in West Auckland. He has an excellent understanding of the importance of governance and he aims to collaboratively contribute and assist the EVANZ Board with creating and implementing initiatives that will benefit EVANZ associate members.
Ashley joined the Executive in November 2018 as a co-opted member on a 2-year term.
JAMES WILSON - BAYCOURT COMMUNITY AND ARTS CENTRE
2019 - present
James is Manager of Baycourt Community and Arts Centre in Tauranga. Originally from Maidenhead, in South East England, James trained as a theatre director at Rose Bruford Drama School in Greenwich, South East London, and worked for a variety of arts venues in London including Lyric Hammersmith, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, and The Orange Tree Theatre.
Arriving in Aotearoa in 2005, James worked as General Manager for Massive Theatre Company, prior to joining Q Theatre as Executive Producer, just as the building was opening to the public. James was Chief Executive for Q Theatre between 2012 and 2018, leading the venue to become four-time winners of the EVANZ ‘best small venue’ award.
James served on the Executive board of PANNZ, and co-chaired the organisation for 4 years. As part of his work with PANNZ, James was involved in the development and launch of TourMakers, and worked closely with the exec and management team of PANNZ to grow the annual arts market into a key event for festivals, producers and venues, both in NZ and Internationally.
James is passionate about developing the profile of regional presenting venues, and working collaboratively with a range of venues to bring the best in touring performing arts work to regional audiences.