Current EVANZ Executive


Keith Parker

Keith has been in the Event Industry for over 20 years and very proud of being able to say he started in the industry as a chair stacker making his way up to his current position.
He worked in Rotorua leaving there as the Stadium Manager then onto the role of Venue Manager at Waikato Stadium and Seddon Park in Hamilton. Keith is now Operations Manager of Eden Park in Auckland. He also spent some time in Christchurch working with the Vbase team assisting with the opening of their temporary stadium. Keith has previously served a three year term on the EVANZ Executive; he is a current VMA member and a PVMS Graduate.
Keith's passion is assisting and improving our venue delivery to our clients and working daily with other venues and their staff to provide advice and guidance where he can. 
Keith has served 2 terms on the EVANZ Executive. He has set up the annual Eden Park Event Scholarship and work experience programmes and organised operations forums for EVANZ member venues’ staff.


Joelene ElliiottBorn and raised in a small eastern bay town, Joelene moved to Rotorua after finishing high school to study Tourism at Waiariki Polytechnic, which led to employment with Tourism Rotorua Marketing as a Marketing Assistant. 

An opportunity arose to work at the Rotorua Convention Centre where she completed a Diploma in Tourism Industry Management, graduated from Public Venue Managers School and was promoted to Operations Manager for the Rotorua Convention Centre, Civic Theatre, Soundshell and Tea House.

With her background and experience (spanning over 15 years so far) she continues to work in the industry managing Rotorua’s  premier facility, the Energy Events Centre.  Also in 2013 she completed the Accredited Venue Manager (AVM) programme designed to recognise extensive venue management experience, contribution and qualifications for middle to senior managers.

Joelene has served 3 years on the Executive (one year as a co-opted member)


Adam LynchAfter an earlier career in Europe working in Hospo and Hotel, Adam moved to New Zealand in 2007. Since then he has held a number of senior roles across the events and venues industry. Adam has worked in ticketing in Wellington and Auckland, as the Operations Manager at Vbase prior to the earthquakes, Operations Manager at Vector Arena (now Spark Arena) and most recently as the Head of Operations at Venues Wellington. Adam is now in Matamata as the Chief Operating Officer at Hobbiton Movie Set, one of New Zealand’s busiest tourist attractions.

New Zealand is fortunate to have some highly experienced and knowledgeable venue operators. Adam is a firm believer in information and knowledge sharing amongst peers, and he looks forward to furthering EVANZ work in this area, through the Operations Forums we have established, their online support networks, advocacy and networking.


Helaina has over 25 years’ experience across the performing arts industry in New Zealand and is currently Project Manager for Creative Industries Development at Auckland Live. Located in the Aotea Arts Quarter in Auckland’s CBD, Auckland Live is New Zealand’s largest performing arts centre responsible for programming and managing a range of iconic venues across the city. The Creative Industries portfolio is focused on the strategic development of the future of New Zealand’s professional performing arts industry locally, nationally and internationally and this includes a strong focus on the upskilling and ongoing training of industry professionals.

Prior to joining Auckland Live, Helaina was General Manager and Executive Producer of the award-winning devised physical theatre company Red Leap Theatre and Artist and Logistics Manager with the Auckland Arts Festival. She was with Creative New Zealand for six years covering a range of art form portfolios with a particular focus on the performing arts that included the role of Senior Advisor for Theatre and Dance.
Helaina’s career in New Zealand’s performing arts industry has been informed and influenced by her early years as an independent professional dancer working and touring for 16 years with many of New Zealand’s leading dancemakers.
Helaina has strong and enduring networks and relationships across government and the performing arts industry both nationally and internationally. 


Megan Peacock Coyle

Megan has been in the venue industry for 12 years. She started at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House as Technical & Operations Coordinator after completing her Masters in Theatre Arts Directing at Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School and Victoria University in Wellington. She was promoted to Arts Programming Manager and  was appointed to the board of PANNZ and in 2012 became the Chair of the organisation at which time PANNZ won the RFP for the National Touring Agency funding from CNZ. During this time she moved from Hawke’s Bay Opera House to be the Director of the Oamaru Opera House where I was working to build a hub for performing arts  in Oamaru. At the end of 2014 she moved to Tauranga as Manager of Baycourt for 3 and a half years, again focusing on building Baycourt up as the city hub for performing arts. In 2017 Megan took on the role of Manager Hawke’s Bay Opera House & Arts Precinct to build a new team during the earthquake strengthening of the building and create a community performing arts hub after 5 years of being closed.

Megan is very passionate about the venue and performing arts industry and believes she can contribute to ensuring that EVANZ members are well represented on the board. My passion around venue management is change making, working to build or re-build a positive and engaged community in the performing arts in their region. Megan is a hard worker who is committed to growth, development and innovation and has never been known to avoid a challenge. Megan tries very hard to be forthright and open and will always work towards a fair and equitable outcome for all. She is very excited about her term as EVANZ board member and the PANNZ board representative and believes she can be a positive and progressive thinking team member.


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 15 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 is passionate about increasing the breadth of live entertainment in the venue and improving the perception of what the venue can achieve in the future. He is very aware that he has received a lot from both the business and the people involved and now feel it’s the right time to be giving something back. 


Ashley QuensellAshley’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.