Our People

Our Trustees

Jackie Lloyd


Jackie is an independent director. She was appointed as a Trustee of the Wellington Museums Trust in July 2011 and Chair in January 2016. Jackie’s other governance roles include Deputy Chair of New Zealand Post Group, Director of Naylor Love Enterprises and AgResearch, Trustee of The Lion Foundation and member of the National Council of the Institute of Directors in NZ (Inc).

Prior to her focus on governance, she served as global human resources director for the New Zealand Dairy Board and NZMP Fonterra, and subsequently as a consultant and New Zealand country manager for Hewitt Associates and The Gallup Organization. Jackie has a BA in Psychology and a BCom in Marketing and Manpower, is a member of Global Women and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Jane Wrightson


Jane is the chief executive of public media funding agency NZ On Air. She is also a trustee of the Digital Media Trust which runs cultural websites NZ On Screen and AudioCulture. She is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and holds an MBA with Distinction from Massey University and a BA in Literature from Victoria University. Her past directorships include Netball NZ and Swimming NZ. Jane has worked in media for over 30 years and previously held chief executive positions with the Broadcasting Standards Authority and SPADA, the Screen Production and Development Association. Jane became New Zealand’s first woman Chief Film Censor after working in commissioning, acquisitions and programming-related roles at TVNZ for a decade.

Rachel Farrant


Rachel has been a Business Advisory Partner at BDO Wellington Ltd for over fourteen years. BDO Wellington Ltd is an independent member of the fifth largest international accounting firm. She is also BDO Wellington’s HR Director, with HR responsibility for a firm with 100 staff. In her business advisory capacity, she works with clients in the retail, professional services, not-for-profit, commercial property, health and government sectors. She is a director of Fulton Hogan Ltd and member of its Audit Committee. She is also a director and the Chair of the Audit Committee of Korida Group Limited. She is also Chair of the Central Region General Practitioners Fees Review Committee. Rachel is a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Peter Johnston


Peter is Chair of Partners at Rainey Collins Lawyers and heads their Maori Legal Issues team.

His other current roles include Chair of the NZ Riding for the Disabled Association Perpetual Members Trust, Trustee of the Henwood Trust, Board Member of the NZ Riding for the Disabled Association and Advisory Trustee to a Maori land block. Peter is also an external Specialist Advisor and Legal Aid Auditor to the Ministry of Justice.

Of Ngati Porou descent Peter is a former Chairman of Te Awe Wellington Maori Business Network. In this role he worked closely with regional and national business networks.

Diane Calvert


Diane was elected for the first time to Wellington City Council (Onslow-Western ward) in 2016 and joined the Experience Wellington Board in November 2016. Diane comes with extensive leadership experience across the NZ public and private sectors from roles that have focused on operational, people and change management. These roles have spanned areas such as insolvency management, client services delivery through to health and safety reform.  For the past four years Diane has sat on the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation which has recently merged with New Zealand Organisation for Quality Inc (NZOQ). Diane has also been recently appointed to the Board of NZOQ Inc.

Peter Jackson


Peter is a cultural consultant of Te Atiawa and Taranaki Iwi descent. He helps organisations to fulfil their Treaty of Waitangi obligations. He has a Bachelor of Commerce & Administration from Victoria University of Wellington. A background in IT, property investment and small business ownership has provided him with a solid understanding of the mechanics of organisational success. Peter is a director on a number of iwi and community boards which include the Wellington Tenths Trust, Adult Community Education Aotearoa and Early Childhood New Zealand.

Senior Management and Executive Office

Pat Stuart

Chief Executive

Pat’s career in museums started in the 1990s as Manager, Public Programmes at the National Art Gallery and Museum and as part of the team that created Te Papa. She held a number of roles at Te Papa including a 10 months stint as Acting Chief Executive in 2002-03. Between 2005 and 2008 Pat was COO at Whitireia Polytechnic. As Experience Wellington Chief Executive, Pat has shaped its strategic direction stressing the importance of leadership, the values of team work and its vision of excellent experiences which Wellingtonians are proud to share with the world. Pat has overseen major projects including the 2009 development of City Gallery, the refurbishment of the collection store in 2012, Capital E’s move to Queens Wharf in 2014 and the opening of The Attic in 2015.

James Unwin

Finance Manager

James is a Chartered Accountant (FCA – ICAEW, CA – NZICA) and a member of the Finance and Management Faculty of the English Institute. He joined Experience Wellington in January 2016 and brings an extensive professional background in senior finance related roles with Deloittes, Ernst & Young (now EY) and Westpac Banking Corporation. James recently moved back to Wellington after several years in Hawkes Bay and Palmerston North where he was Chief Finance Officer for an innovative apple exporting company and previously, a chemical pump manufacturer.

Dr Sarah Rusholme

Director Children & Young People

After gaining her PhD, Sarah left the lab for an MSc in science communication and in 1998 joined the UK’s National Space Centre start-up team, leaving eight years later as their Director of Education and Exhibitions. Since arriving in New Zealand, Sarah has worked for the Marsden Fund at the Royal Society of New Zealand. She led the feasibility study for NZ’s Science Media Centre and became the Director of Carter Observatory in 2007, joining Experience Wellington in 2010. In her role as Head of Strategic Development Sarah was responsible for Experience Wellington’s strategic planning, cross-organisation research initiatives, and projects that connect institutions across the organisation and city. She has also worked as an independent consultant and a Teaching Associate for the Museum & Heritage Studies Programme at Victoria University. In October 2016 Sarah moved into the role as Director Children & Young People, leading the Capital E team.

Elizabeth Caldwell

Director City Gallery Wellington

Elizabeth Caldwell has been working in the NZ visual arts sector for more than 25 years. Professional roles prior to her present position as Director at the City Gallery Wellington include Director at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Senior Curator Visual Art and Collection Services at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Arts Adviser for Visual Art and Craft/Object Art at Creative New Zealand and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Robert McDougall Art Gallery (now Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu). Her academic qualifications include an MA (Hons.) in Art History from the University of Canterbury, Diploma of Secondary Teaching (Christchurch College of Education) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorial Studies (University of Melbourne).

Brett Mason

Director Museums Wellington

Brett joined Experience Wellington in 2001, as the Marketing Manager for both the Wellington Museum and Capital E. Brett became Director of Wellington Museum, then known as the Museum of Wellington City & Sea in 2006. Museums Wellington was set up in 2008, to manage the Wellington Museum, the Cable Car Museum and Nairn Street Cottage. Space Place at Carter Observatory became part of the group under Brett’s directorship in 2013. Brett is a Getty Leadership Institute graduate and a recipient of a Minister’s Discretionary Grant which allowed him to visit over 30 museums across the UK, Europe and in Los Angeles. Brett is a past Board Member of Museums Aotearoa and a Teaching Associate for the Museum & Heritage Studies Programme at Victoria University.

Simon Jones

Buildings Manager and H&S Coordinator

Simon joined Experience Wellington in 1997 assisting under contract first with the removal of old equipment from the then defunct Capital Discovery Place. He then assisted with the re-fit of the new Capital E facility in Civic Square. In June 1997 Simon was employed as the weekend manager at Capital E until 1999 when he then moved into the Exhibition and Events team. In 2013 around the same time as Capital E moved out of its building due to earthquake issues with the building Simon moved into the Experience Wellington head office to take on the role of Buildings Manager for the whole organisation.

Michelle Cheriton - on maternity leave

Manager People & Capability

Michelle is a Wellingtonian who has worked in both the public and private sectors in Human Resources roles. Prior to commencing employment at Experience Wellington Michelle was employed as a Human Resources Business Partner for one of New Zealand’s largest Construction and Infrastructure firms. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in Human Resources & Industrial Relations and Commercial Law. She is a member of Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ). She started her career at the Ministry of Defence where she developed her skills in a general HR position and then moved to London, where she worked for a not-for-profit organisation. Michelle has a keen interest in people, and in learning and development, and is currently undertaking a degree in organisational psychology.

Louise Saviker

Manager People & Capability

Louise has a background in private sector and community organisations where she has held general management, marketing, customer service and human resource roles.  Her entire career has been in membership and customer service focused organisations.  Louise has a Masters of Human Resources and Organisational Development from Southern Cross University, Australia.   

Louise is passionate about building planned and systematic approaches to improving organisational effectiveness, primarily through people, services and systems.  She is committed to creating diverse, healthy and safe working environments.

Jo Arenhold

Executive Advisor

Jo is a natural organiser with strong attention to detail, a strategic thinker and a trusted advisor. She enjoys writing and editing documents, and has a strong interest in communications and public relations.

Jo has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English & Media Studies, as well as a Certificate of Performing Arts. Her background combines an interesting mix of the corporate with the creative. She has worked in senior executive support roles for CEO’s, Boards, General Managers, and Managing Editors, and in technical production and event management roles across Wellington, London, and Dublin. Some of the organisations she has worked for include Presbyterian Support, Multi-Media Systems, Daily Mail, Freud Communications, and Tourism New Zealand.

Jo enjoys bringing people together, finding logical solutions, and is thrilled to be working in a creative environment again!

Marta Ordejón-Mateos

Assistant Support Manager

Marta has over 15 years’ experience in administration, customer service and sales, gained here in New Zealand and during her 11 year stay in the UK, where among other companies she worked at Bosch and Dell.

Her role at Experience Wellington as Assistant Support Manager enables her to feel part of all the teams across the organisation. Marta is originally from Spain, where she completed her studies in history and archaeology.

Clyde Monteiro


Clyde, a provisional member of Chartered Institute of Accountants Australia and New Zealand joins the Wellington Museums Trust after working in various accounting roles across Central Government, Local Government and the not-for-profit sectors. He has experience in Management Accounting, Financial Transactions and Corporate Finance and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Accounting, Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting and a Master in Applied Finance. 

Clyde is passionate about people, personal development and professional development. He is currently pursuing his Chartered Accountant designation.

Anita Patel

Accounts Assistant

Having worked in financial institutions and banks in Mumbai India, Anita has also worked for Small Business Accounting in Wellington. A commerce graduate, Anita also accomplished her Grad. Dip in Commerce (Majoring in Accounting) from Victoria University of Wellington. Since her school days, Anita has always loved solving math problems and finds it relaxing working with numbers. New Zealand always fascinated Anita and getting the opportunity to settle in Wellington and work for Experience Wellington is a dream come true.