Cass Hendry (Arts Programme Manager)

Arts Therapist and frequent gym and cafe goer, Cass is interested in symbolic design and play as a therapeutic response to wellbeing.

Lynda Preest (Funding and Trust Administrator)

Contemporary crafter & serious foodie, Lynda likes Kiwiana and stylised inspired work. Lynda loves the beach lifestyle.

Ian Johnston (Art tutor)

Artist with a twist, Ian makes his own brand of fishing tackle, turned wood arts/crafts and sees the world in a rainbow of colours and in shades of black and white.

Maisie Bryenton (Art Tutor)

Painter & cake baker extraordinaire, Maisie works with gouache on paper and water soluble oils on board.  Maisie loves working with a wide range of people from different backgrounds.

Rhi Jackson (Art Tutor)

Painter and marathon runner, Rhi is an experienced group facilitator with a special interest in working with children. Rhi holds a BA in Mixed Media majoring in visual arts.


Melanie Odey (Chairperson)

Melanie joined the Board of Trustees for Arts for Health in August 2008 with work experience in the disability sector and in Education. Melanie has a Masters in Social Sciences majoring in Psychology, an MBA and a Certificate in Tertiary Teaching. Melanie enjoys recreational art and writing for enjoyment.

Jay Spencer (Secretary)

Jay joined the Board of Trustees for Arts for Health in February 2015. Jay brings skills in policy making and marketing to develop strong community profiles.   As an avid contemporary paper artist, Jay uses life experiences to tell her creative stories. 

Kirsty Holdaway (Treasurer)

Kirsty joined the Board in 2017 with experience as a Chief Financial Officer.  Kirsty's background includes working for New Zealand and overseas companies in a range of senior financial and management positions.  When not working Kirsty is actively engaged at the gym and maintaining her fitness.

Glenys Steel (Trustee)

Glenys has her own employment law practice, About Best Practice. She also coaches and judges at the University of Waikato Law School. When she is not working, you might find her surf kayaking or launching into a new painting. Glenys has been involved on the Board of Trustees of Arts for Health for over 10 years.

Arnold Andrews (Trustee)

Arnold is a Duty Manager at Hamilton City Council and specialises in Events.  Arnold holds a Masters in Business Management is involved with various projects ranging from mental health to rights of young workers. Being a fitness enthusiast, he likes to spend his leisure days participating in obstacle course races and running half marathons.

Carla Rule (Trustee)

Carla is a Registered Legal Executive holding a Diploma in Law.  Although Carla does not profess to be an artist in any way, she enjoys spending rainy Sundays pretending to be creative by adult colouring, painting by numbers or completing jigsaws.  In the summer she enjoys triathlon and in the winter, netball.  Mostly you will find her just hanging out with her dog, Walter.

Daniel Shen (Trustee)

Daniel has a broad background in both public sector policy and private sector consulting. He has a Bachelors of Management Studies majoring in Economics and Finance. Daniel is an avid fan of the arts community and enjoys supporting people achieve their goals. Daniel likes to travel and explore  different cultures.