2017 - present (Chairman)

Mark has worked in various areas of entertainment all his life. Starting with band management in the early 1980’s he progressed to tour and production management via a few years as an agent working with bands like The Smiths and Primal Scream. His production management career took him all over the world with Take That, The Chemical Brothers, New Order and many others. When he came to New Zealand 20 years ago he worked on the Big Day Out for ten years as well as many other freelance projects both here and overseas.
In 2011 he was asked to manage U2 at Mt Smart on contract for what was the ARC in those days and then moved into a permanent role with Regional Facilities Auckland as the Head of Stadium Events, a role that developed over time with the addition of both Western Springs and North Harbour Stadiums.
In 2016 Mark took up the role of CEO at The Trusts Arena. He set about increasing the breadth of live entertainment in the venue and improving the perception of what the venue can achieve in a broad range of events. In January 2022 Mark took up his current role as General manager at Spark Arena.

Mark was first elected to the board in 2017 and became Board Chair in 2020 He is passionate about advocating for venues and the wider events industry.


2020 - Present (Vice Chair)

Mark has been working in the venue management industry for ten years. He started his career in 2010 as an Operations Assistant at TSB Hub in Hawera after graduating from Massey University. After a number of years working at that facility he was offered the opportunity to become the Facility Manager. Mark worked at the TSB Hub for seven years before accepting the role of Venue Manager of Trafalgar Centre and Trafalgar Park in Nelson where he has been for the last three years. One of the proudest moments of his career so far was when the Trafalgar Centre won Medium Venue of the Year at the 2019 EVANZ Awards.


2021 - present

Chris has over 16 years' experience in the venues and events industry in Sydney, Melbourne & Christchurch.

Formerly Head of Operations for Venues Ōtautahi  Chris lead a fantastic group of people to deliver approximately 400 events per year (pre COVID) at the Christchurch Arena, Orangetheory Stadium, The Christchurch Town Hall, Hagley Oval and the Air Force Museum on New Zealand.

His experience in events and venues started on the ‘client’ side working for the AFL (Australian Football League), AFL clubs (GWS Giants, Collingwood Football Club) and the Parramatta Eels (NRL) managing the fan and member experience via the delivery of games, club events and game day experiences, working with venues such as the MCG, Sydney Showgrounds and Parramatta Stadium to ensure they delivered the best possible experience for members and fans. In 2015 he was provided an opportunity to work on the ‘venue’ side as Operations Manager with Vbase managing the five venues mentioned above.

In 2023 Chris moved to Eden Park to take up the role of General Manager, Operations at Eden Park.


2020 - Present

As Director of Auckland Stadiums James leads a dedicated team of venue professionals that run Mt Smart Stadium, Western Springs Stadium, and North Harbour Stadium.  Hosting over 640,000 visitors a year (in normal times!) he has embedded a strong culture of placing the customer at the centre of everything they do in order to deliver as much value as possible back to industry partners. 

With a 22-year involvement in the event venue industry the last eight years has been very much focused on the stadia sector. His previous consulting career saw him involved in a wide range of event venues throughout the country including theatres, convention centres, indoor arenas, and exhibition facilities.


2023 - present

Glen is the Presenter Services Manager at Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Art and Event Centre. Glen manages the arts, culture and entertainment programming and teams, with a focus on developing commercial partnerships; strengthening national and regional venues and touring; and the development of community programmes that uplift, create belonging and encourage discovery.

Prior to this Glen held leadership roles within the events and performing arts industry. He was Festival Director for Napier Art Deco Festival for 3 years, with the 2018 Festival winning ‘Best Regional Event’ at the national event awards and was Festival Director for the World Buskers Festival in Christchurch for 3 years. Glen was also an Associate Creative Director for the Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony in 2015.

He has held management positions at New Zealand Opera & Hawke’s Bay Opera House; was Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre and started his career as actor and director working with many of New Zealand's leading theatre companies including Auckland Theatre Company, Silo, Centrepoint Theatre and The Large Group. 

Glen has served on boards for Ngā Toi Hawke’s Bay and National Youth Drama School (Chair 2016/2017); and as a committee representative for New Zealand Actors Equity. 


2023 - present

Prior to being appointed Chief Executive of VŌ in March 2020, Caroline held several key senior executive leadership positions across the private and public sector including both as General Manager of People, Culture, and Safety and General Manager for Performance Transformation and Strategy at Christchurch International Airport and  five years at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, as the General Manager of the Change Management Office, General Manager for People, Capability, Performance, Safety and the Environment, Acting Deputy Chief Executive for Corporate Services, and General Manager for Human Resources.

With a long history in the events and venues industry, Caroline was also on the executive leadership team at VŌ (Vbase at the time) between 2007 and 2011 where she was the General Manager of People, Safety and the Environment and Environment and in the latter year, Acting General Manager for Business Development.

Caroline has also had a range of governance roles during her career and continues to build on this. She is currently the Advisor to the Te Kaha Project Delivery Board, responsible for governing the design and construction of Te Kaha, Christchurch’s new 36,000 capacity Stadium.

SARAH COWLEY - Chief Commercial Officer, iTicket

2023 – present

Sarah’s experience in the events industry began in 2010 with Ticketek NZ. During her 10+ years with this global ticketing company, she has managed key relationships with most major Venues and Promoters across New Zealand and worked across most international sporting events and tournaments held here. This has enhanced her proficiency in commercial contracts and partnership models, marketing and data analytics, and driving revenue growth for all parties (Venues and Promoters).

Her expertise lies in commercial and partnership structures, contractual negotiations and fulfilment, with a core focus on mutually beneficial partnerships. Her relationships have spanned Community Groups, Regional Councils, Venue Partners, National Sports and Arts entities, SME Enterprises, Board and C-Suite level stakeholders.

Currently, she is the Chief Commercial Officer for iTICKET - one of NZ's leading and preferred event ticketing companies - where she oversees the commercial streams and strategy, marketing solutions, and broader data analytical and technical capabilities. Dealing with a variety of events including some of NZ’s leading expos, festivals, theatres, and performing arts venues she has a strong focus on supporting arts entities and strategic partners to enhance their event experience.

Her well-rounded knowledge and experience in the industry, unwavering enthusiasm, and genuine passion for the NZ events sector and its people make her a great representative of our Associate Members on the EVANZ Board. She has long been a keen advocate for the implementation of a Ticketing Code of Conduct in New Zealand, centering on the rights and protection of our audience (ticket buyers), and will continue to focus on best-practice ticketing.



2019 - present

Sally-Anne started her career as  Press Officer at The Hexagon Theatre in the UK and has worked in a variety of roles in venues of all shapes and sizes including Wembley Stadium. Switching to the commercial sector, she worked in marketing and retail for household names including Royal Doulton and T-Mobile before moving to New Zealand  in 2003.

Most recently, Sally-Anne was Business Development Officer at New Plymouth EventVenues with responsibility for securing and promoting events at the TSB Showplace, TSB Stadium, Yarrow Stadium and the TSB Bowl of Brooklands. She also managed New Zealand Chamber Soloists, a piano trio who perform nationally and internationally.

She looks forward to growing EVANZ and to continually improving the networking and professional development opportunities on offer to members and associate members.  

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