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Festival Team

Director - Chris Green

Chris brings to the team a range of skills and experience from many years in marketing and commercial roles and has a diverse background in a range of industries, from sports marketing through to communications and consumer goods. Chris also worked with the previous director Sue Clarke for the 2010 festival in the Associate Director role. To contact Chris phone 03 474 9256, 021 340 563 or via email.

Associate Director - Jen Smith

Jen Smith joins the festival from Dundee, Scotland, where she has organised a variety of events – from working as part of the Dundee Science Festival team through to a Royal dinner aboard a 190-year-old ship or an art-meets-science photography exhibition. A Fine Arts graduate specialising in sculpture and photography, Smith’s most recent role was running her native city’s prestigious tourism attraction, a historic warship and museum. Before moving to Dunedin, she travelled around Canada, the US and Fiji working as a volunteer. You can contact Jen on 022 645 0539 or via email.


His Worship, Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull

Vice Chancellor - University of Otago Professor Harlene Hayne


(L to R: Dave Cull, Prof Harlene Hayne, Emeritus Prof George Peterson, Mike Harte)

Executive Committee

Dr Michele Coleman, President

Rosie Clark, Vice President

Mrs Wai Piggott, Treasurer

Dame Elizabeth Hanan

Professor Keith Hunter

Dr Angela Clark

Deputy Mayor Chris Staynes

Mike Harte

Dr Peter Jones

Professor Vernon K. Ward

Professor Nancy Longnecker

Life Members

Dame Elizabeth Hanan

Professor Jean Fleming

Wai Piggott

Mike Harte

Emeritus Professor George Petersen