NZSD Board

The New Zealand School of Dance is governed by a Board of Trustees.

The School is fortunate to have the guidance of these trustees who, between them, have a wealth of experience, and backgrounds in a number of industries. The NZSD also has a Professional Advisory Panel, which provides advice on professional standards.  


NZSD Board of Trustees

Dr Russell Ballard CNZM, Chair
Russell Ballard is an independent director with accreditation from both the NZ and UK Institutes of Directors. He is the immediate past Chancellor of Massey University. Current directorships include TeamTalk Ltd, Crown Forest Rental Trust, the Plant Market Access Council and the Agrichemical Education Trust. Previously he has been chairman of The Forest Research institute Ltd (Scion) and Timberlands West Coast Ltd and Deputy Chairman of The Correspondence School. Russell is the former Chief Executive of five Government departments; Ministry of Forestry, Department of Education, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Land Information New Zealand and Child Youth and Family Services. In 2004, Russell was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the public.

John Avery
John Avery is a full-time director having being a commercial lawyer for 35 years. He has held directorships across a wide spectrum from listed entities to start ups and not for profits in a range of industries including retailing, contracting and the leisure sectors. Current directorships include Fund Managers Auckland Ltd, Regional Facilities Auckland Ltd, Spider Tracks Ltd, Office Products Depot Ltd, Strategic Pay Ltd and The New Zealand School of Dance. Former directorships include The Warehouse Group Limited, Independent Timber Merchants Ltd, Snowplanet Ltd, The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Ltd, Signify Ltd and The Royal New Zealand Ballet. John is a former longstanding partner in law firm Hesketh Henry including tenures as both Managing Partner and Chairman. He also served as Chairman of umbrella organisation The Lawlink Group Ltd.

Sarah Kemp
Sarah Kemp is a qualified lawyer. An independent consultant and previous director of HR consulting firm Hatton Consulting Group, since 1999 Sarah has undertaken a wide range of projects across the government and private sector, specialising in organisational design and change. During her 15 years consulting she has been involved with projects for a variety of organisations including Immigration NZ, Inland Revenue, the Government Legal Services (GLS) Programme, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, NZ International Arts Festival, New Zealand Police, Ministry of Justice, Fonterra, TelstraClear and the NZ Fire Service. Prior to consulting Sarah held senior roles with the Department of Corrections and national law firm Morrison Kent. Sarah's legal experience covered a wide range of commercial law areas and she specialised in commercial litigation.

Mary Lewis
Mary Lewis is a qualified chartered accountant and an accredited coach of the international system of open book management – the Great Game of Business. She is an experienced coach and facilitator in her own business, Innovation New Zealand, and has worked alongside owners of businesses in New Zealand and internationally for over 20 years. She has in depth experience in management consultancy, change management, innovation systems financial management and audit. Mary was a member of the Wellington branch committee of the Institute of Directors (2009-2013) and contributed significantly to their diversity initiative. She is currently a member of the First Boards committee. Mary has held leadership positions in the community covering organisation, coaching and fundraising in Wellington cricket, schools and kindergartens.

Katrina Todd
Katrina Todd trained as a dancer at the New Zealand School of Dance and The Royal Ballet School before embarking on a ten year dance career. Returning to New Zealand in 1990 she completed Alexander Technique teacher training, then taught in her private practice and on the BA Performing Arts Degree at Unitec for 16 years. Her interest and passion for dance continues. She is a supporter of many dance and arts organisations and 2014 opened Wellesley Studios, a Dance House in Auckland, to provide space and opportunities for the dance community. She is a founding member of The New Zealand Dance Company Board of Trustees and has served on the Board of the Integrated Neurological Rehabilitation Foundation.

Heather Verry
Heather Verry, as CEO of the NZ Police Association, overseas the representation of collective and senior contract constabulary and police employees. Heather has had a diverse career in management and not-for-profit organisations, including CEO of the Manfeild events centre, known for its world-class motor-racing circuit, and acting CEO for Victim Support New Zealand. Passionate about sport, she has been involved in the event management of the Wellington street car race, the New Zealand Golf Open, the World Cup Diving in Wellington as well as two Diving New Zealand Grand Prix events, and is a service award holder & Life Member of Wellington Netball Union.

Student and Staff Representation Several members of staff and one of our full-time students also sit on the Board as staff and student representatives.