Our People

Our Executive Leadership Team

Diana Marsh

Tumu Whakarae | Chief Executive


Diana has been leading local, national and international arts organisations over the last 25 years, providing an excellent platform for her to lead Wheako Pōneke Experience Wellington and support it to continue to play an essential role celebrating arts and culture and connecting communities across Pōneke.

She was Chief Executive Tumu Whakarae of SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music for eight years and previously General Manager of Orchestra Wellington, Manager of the New Zealand String Quartet, and Manager of the Composing Women’s Festival. Diana was also the first person from outside Europe and the UK to be appointed as President of the International Association of Music Centres, an organisation that has 35 members representing around 39 countries.

Diana has spent most of her life in Te Whanganui-a-Tara and is passionate about our city.

Clare Helm

Kaihautu Matua | Chief Operating OfficerCorporate Services

Clare has a strong public sector background, as a former Director with Audit New Zealand and as Head of Corporate Services for NZ On Air. She has extensive experience in audit, probity, risk management, processes, and policies. 

Clare is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She holds a BA Hons from the London Institute of Archaeology.  

Clare is passionate about having systems in place to support and enable people and teams to deliver effectively. She is committed to creating a sustainable, diverse and healthy working environment.

Carolyn Mettrick

Te Tuarā Pākihi | Director Fundraising, Marketing and Communications


Carolyn has a strong background in fundraising, marketing and business development and is a firm believer that relationships are everything.

Joining Experience Wellington in November 2019, Carolyn is no stranger to the not-for-profit sector, previously working for Plunket as Head of Fundraising, Partnerships and Brand. Carolyn developed a diverse funding portfolio and established successful partnerships with well-known organisations.

Prior to 2012, Carolyn worked in the private sector and spent several years at Loyalty New Zealand (Fly Buys). She is strategic, thinks big and is results-driven. A collaborator and connector, Carolyn is committed to championing the cultural assets Experience Wellington has on offer.

Judith Cooke

Te Kaea Ohuhu | Director Exhibitions & Project Delivery, Acting Te Ringa Auaha | Director Art and Heritage

Judith brings a strong background in arts and cultural project delivery. She has worked with prestigious institutions including, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Melbourne Museum, National Gallery of Australia and was Director of an Australian regional gallery.  Judith prides herself in working behind the scenes to seamlessly deliver projects that educate, inform, entertain, and delight audiences.

She has helped manage Australian representation at the Venice and Sao Paolo Biennales and the Guggenheim Museum. At Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki she oversaw delivery for The 4th Auckland Triennial and Walters Prizes and supported its $121m redevelopment.  As Operations Manager at City Gallery, Judith, has overseen delivery of major exhibits such as Hilma af Klint; The Secret Paintings. She holds a BA Hons from the University of Sydney.

Alicia Harris

Acting Director, Commercial and Visitor Experience

Alicia’s career has been in visitor experience and customer service focused organisations, and she has a background in the private sector and community organisations where she has held leadership, visitor experience, and partnership roles.   

Alicia studied Anthropology, Gender Studies and Education at Otago University before moving into leadership roles in retail and sales.  Her experience in the cultural sector includes, Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington Zoo and Experiences Manager at Wētā Workshop, in addition to being part of the operations team at Wētā Workshop Unleashed.  

Alicia is passionate about improving organisational effectiveness, and bringing the stories of our organisation to life in our spaces, to deliver world class and unique experiences.  

Delyse Diack

Acting Director Te Matapihi

Delyse has a strong background in the not-for-profit sector, working in marketing and leadership positions and supporting organisations to have a positive audience impact. 

Before arriving in Wellington, Delyse worked in Auckland at Stardome Planetarium and Observatory. Delyse moved to Wellington in 2017 bringing her marketing and fundraising experience to the Marketing and Communications Manager position at Capital E. Working with the Capital E team she built campaigns that drove successful outcomes for the organisation and Capital E’s young audience.  

Since then, Delyse has lead the Experience Wellington Marketing Team to support the organisation’s success. Along with a passion for supporting creative exploration for children and young people, Delyse brings strategic planning and relationships building experience to her role along with an ability to deliver thoughtful and well-executed plans.