Auckland Live Lead Team
Robbie Macrae, Director
Robbie has been with the organisation for over fourteen years and has been director since 2011. He is proud to be part of such a great Lead Team, supporting 110 full-time staff and over 350 casual staff across Auckland Live’s wide range of venues.
With a background in theatre programming, finance and marketing, Robbie has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and prior to coming to NZ he was with Arts Centre Melbourne and also spent ten years in the Australian airline industry in strategic planning and revenue management.
Bernie Haldane, Deputy Director and Head of Programming and Presenter Services
Bernie has been Head of Programming & Presenter Services since December 2015 overseeing the development and delivery of a broad range of programmes of arts and entertainment across our venues. Prior to joining Auckland Live, Bernie’s key industry roles included serving as Director, Presenter Services at Arts Centre Melbourne, overseeing the management of all key venue hire relationships and as Chief Executive of HotHouse Theatre, a medium sized theatre company with a formidable reputation nationally creating and touring new theatre work. She brings further skills in technical management, financial management, business practice and government relationships.
Bernie has served on numerous Australian industry groups with a focus on touring nationally and internationally and brings a passion for supporting artists extend the life of their work. She is also recipient of a Churchill Fellowship investigating sustainable theatre models, producer/presenter relationships and practices for new work development and touring in the UK, Canada and USA.
Kerry Griffiths, Head Of Technical Operations
Kerry has been Head of Technical Operations for Auckland Live and a key member of the lead team for over five years. Originally, Kerry was a classical musician but had a keen interest in acoustics, electronics and modern sound systems. He spent six years as a sound technician at the Christchurch Town Hall before moving to Auckland in 1991 to be a sound technician at the then recently opened Aotea Centre. Since then, Kerry has had many different technical roles within the organisation, he has a vast knowledge of every aspect of the production department and this ever growing and developing organisation.
David Bavage, Head of Visitor Experience
Dave is the Head of Visitor Experience for Auckland Live and oversees all areas of front of house from ushers to security and housekeeping through to the bars and the cafes in our venues. Dave has been at Auckland Live since September 2015 and came from similar roles at Auckland Museum and more recently Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Dave has real passion for the live entertainment industry and ensuring patrons have the best possible time in our venues. Dave says he has the best job at RFA as he gets to work with a fantastic team dedicated to delivering great customer experience and making sure everyone goes home happy.
Ange Gourdie, Head of Marketing and Ticketing
Angela Gourdie (Ange) has worked with most of Auckland Live's promoters and presenters over the years providing insights and consultation on the New Zealand marketing and ticketing landscape as well as managing campaigns and building our audience networks in her role as Marketing and Audience Development Manager for Auckland Live. Ange comes to the role with in-depth knowledge and understanding of commercial and performing arts events and a long standing relationship with our ticketing provider Ticketmaster. Prior to her time at Auckland Live, she worked for arts and entertainment companies who have a close association with Auckland Live including Auckland Arts Festival, Black Grace, Inside out Productions and Oceania Audio and Lighting.