Auckland Live and Auckland Conventions, Venues and Events Management 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 General Manager 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.
Marija Gecan, General Manager Sales and Brand, Auckland Conventions, Venues and Events
With a career spanning over twenty years in the hospitality and tourism industries, Marija has a wealth of expertise in client management, business development and marketing. As the lead of the Auckland Conventions, Venues and Events’ sales team, she manages strategic client relationships with a primary focus on driving revenue and champions the Auckland Conventions brand.
Kerry Griffiths, General Manager, Technical Production
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.
Angela Gourdie, General Manager 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.
Penn Trevella, General Manager Customer Experience and Innovation
Penn returned to Auckland Live in October 2019 after three years leading customer experience across Regional Facilities Auckland. Prior to his role with RFA, he was head of Marketing and Ticketing at Auckland Live.
Penn started his career at the Royal New Zealand Ballet before relocating to the UK where his roles included Head of Marketing at the Wales Millennium Centre.
Penn is an enthusiastic customer champion and is passionate about understanding what motivates customers and how their experiences can be made more impactful.
Stuart Lyon, General Manager Operations
Stuart brings considerable expertise to the newly created role of GM Operations, particularly in creating successful, client-focused outcomes in venue and event management.
Prior to joining the Auckland Live + Conventions team, Stuart was GM Commercial with VenuesWest in Perth, Australia, where he delivered event operations for a wide variety of clients and events, from national rugby and football to massive stadium concerts and festivals. He also led multi-venue catering operations, including the operation of four cafes, and implemented significant business process changes that focused on the end-to-end customer journey.
As GM Operations, Stuart leads functions for Visitor Experience, Event Delivery and Operations, working with his team on customer-focused transformation to deliver an enhanced audience and client experience, ensuring we place customer service at the heart of everything we do.
He also works closely with other business units on event operations links and synergies.
Stuart has a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Curtin University; he is an accredited Venue Manager with the Venue Management Association (VMA).