Margot McRae, QSM (Co-Chair)
Margot McRae is a journalist and writer who has campaigned to protect Devonport's heritage buildings since coming to live here in 1983. She has been a spokesperson for Devonport Heritage Inc since 1999, has served on the Devonport Community Board and was the chairperson of Devonport Primary School board of trustees.
After a career in journalism she turned her hand to fictional writing and her first play Finding Murdoch has had three professional productions. She is an enthusiastic supporter of New Zealand theatre and continues to write plays and make documentaries about heritage restorations. Margot holds a BA and a Diploma in Journalism and was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in 2017 for her work, including with the Victoria Theatre Trust.
Mark Sigglekow (Co-Chair)
Mark is a qualified engineer and has been a Project Manager and Development Consultant for some 30 years. He was instrumental in the development of the Bruce Mason Theatre and the 1990 redevelopment of Shore City Shopping Centre. For the last 10 years Mark has been a part-time senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, teaching Property Development.Mark was involved in the management of the restoration of the Calliope Sea Scout Heritage Boathouse on King Edward Parade. He is currently Project Manager for the Devonport Yacht Club planned refurbishment, and has previously coordinated various community funding projects.
David Downs (Treasurer / Secretary)
David is another Devonport resident and keen Arts supporter. 15 years ago he established and ran The Classic Comedy and Bar on Queen St, a successful live comedy venue which is still operating today. Recently returned to NZ after a number of years living in Asia, David's day job is as General Manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, working with New Zealand businesses who are exporting overseas. David is an author, and is married to Katherine and they have 3 boys who are regulars at The Vic.
Patron/Trustee, James Mason Q.S.O, B.A, LL.B, is a retired Barrister. He received his Royal Honours in recognition of his services to the community and voluntary work for the New Zealand Charitable Trusts. In 2004, he was awarded Trustee of the Year in the New Zealand Trust Awards. He has ontributed considerably to preserving Devonport’s heritage and currently holds office as Trustee for the Michael King Writers Studio, Victoria Theatre, Fort Victoria, Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust and Auckland Civic Trust. James was born in Devonport, and his family were a prominent in early Devonport with streets and buildings named after them. In 1993, he formed a company to purchase the Victoria Theatre to ensure its retention as a cinema and live theatre. Extensive renovations to the building included converting a former shop to a bar and brasserie and installing a third cinema in the mezzanine area to create a viable complex, which he administered for the next three years.
Hamish is another Devonport local, who is an artist, architect and designer.
Mark PearceMark has almost 20 years experience in business development and investment banking. This has included advising a range of domestic and international clients on strategy and corporate finance related matters, and leading the execution of a number of significant corporate transactions.
Libby has resided in Devonport for almost 45 years. She has followed the progress of The Vic during that time and says “It has never been more vibrant than it is now and I am keen to be involved in keeping the momentum going to progress preservation and enhancement of this wonderful community asset”. A person committed to community, she was secretary of Devonport School Board of Trustees and is a past president and current member of Devonport Rotary. Libby is a retired pharmacist and ran her own pharmacy business for 16 years.
Rebekah is a Devonport local who works
for Creative Hub at New Zealand Trade & Enterprise developing content for
their marketing teams to grow businesses globally.
Prior to this role she worked in the television and film industry in New Zealand for over 20 years, both as a freelancer and corporate employee.
She has in-depth knowledge of programme making, the experience of a varied career in the television industry and a sound understanding of what makes good content.
Janet Mazenier, Gillian Werry, Matt Kemp, Karen Webster, Derek Parker, Adrian Orr, William Cox, Lynn Smart, Sarah Burren, Gerben Cath, Tom Henderson, Melanie Himiona, Paul Cornish, Paul Martin, Lynn Dawson.