Our staff

Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh
Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh – Co-Directors/Chief Curators

Aileen and Johan bring a wealth of curatorial, publishing and managerial experience to the role.
Before leading the Govett-Brewster, the couple were Co-Directors of the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Brisbane, Australia and at the Centre for Contemporary Art, in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland prior. In the past decade, Aileen and Johan have curated nearly 50 exhibitions and projects across Europe, North America and Australia, with an emphasis on commissioning new art works. Their projects often respond to time and place, with colonial legacies, ideas of belonging, and new technologies running throughout. They have also edited and co-edited a number of books, including award winning titles in partnership with Sternberg Press, Berlin.


Antony Rhodes
Antony Rhodes – Business Development Lead / Deputy Director

Antony joins the Gallery as Business Development Lead / Deputy Director from a background spanning economic development, regional tourism promotion, political communications and arts marketing. Antony’s role covers a range of functions relating to the successful and sustained operations and growth of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre, and the role that the Gallery’s global brand and connections play in driving the ideas, innovation and aspirations of the New Plymouth district and Taranaki region.


+64 6 759 8317

Paul Brobbel
Paul Brobbel – Acting Exhibition & Collections Lead (Senior Curator) and Len Lye Curator

Paul’s role is to lead the development and delivery of programming at the Govett-Brewster, including exhibitions, publishing, research and collection development. He has been the Gallery's Len Lye curator since 2013, responsible for exhibitions, collection development, and scholarship around New Zealand's most internationally acclaimed artist. Previously, Paul was Assistant Collection Manager (Photography) at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand.

Recent publications include The Long Dream of Waking (ed., Canterbury University Press) and Keep it Moving (Getty Conservation Institute). He is the editor of the Gallery’s STATEMENTS essay series including recent texts by Erika Balsom (King’s College) and Caleb Kelly (UNSW Art & Design).


+64 6 759 6713

Lisa Berndt
Lisa Berndt – Curator Public Engagement

Lisa leads our public programmes and the much-loved, extraordinary Govett-Brewster education team. Lisa brings more than 18 years of experience as a cultural manager working in government organisations and has a strong belief in the arts as a powerful facilitator for innovation and social change. Most recently Lisa worked as the Gallery’s Business Development Lead. Prior to that she was the Head of Touring Exhibitions at ifa – the Institute for International Cultural Relations in Stuttgart/Germany, responsible for exhibition production and touring worldwide on behalf of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


+64 6 759 6086

Hanahiva Rose
Hanahiva Rose – Assistant Curator Contemporary Art and Collections

Hanahiva provides curatorial and organisational support for exhibitions; liaising with artists, curators and Govett-Brewster staff to achieve the exhibitions from concept to installation. She also assists with facilitating the public programmes that sit alongside the exhibitions. Previously Hanahiva has worked as an adviser at Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, as research assistant at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and as research assistant and curatorial intern on Oceania at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Hanahiva is regularly published nationally for her writing on Māori and Pacific art practices in Aotearoa.


+64 6 759 6598

Emma Glucina
Emma Glucina – Len Lye Curatorial Assistant

Emma assists with the management of the Len Lye Foundation Collection and Archive. She also provides curatorial support for exhibitions, and contributes to the development and delivery of associated public programmes, including Sense Art, the Gallery's inclusive programme for visitors with accessibility needs. Emma comes from a museum and art gallery background and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from The University of Auckland, Elam School of Fine Arts.


+64 6 759 0850

Elaine Rollins
Elaine Rollins – Assistant Curator Public Engagement

Elaine develops and delivers public programmes and nurtures gallery relationships with myriad community groups, exploring the best way to make exhibitions come alive and relevant –through artist talks, workshops, tours, and community conversations. Having worked at the Gallery since 2015, Elaine brings more than a decade’s experience of community engagement in Aotearoa and San Francisco. Prior, she mostly worked in the national USA public television network using documentary film to explore social justice issues.


+64 6 759 0855

Fran Mowforth
Fran Mowforth – Fundraising and Events Officer

Fran has worked at the Govett-Brewster since 2010; managing various projects and events as Business Support Officer and then Visitor Services Coordinator within the business development team. With previous experience in design and customer-focused roles across public and private sectors, Fran now manages the Gallery’s large-scale events, private venue hire and key stakeholder relations; seeking out new sponsors and supporters for a number of ongoing and future projects.


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Kelly McCosh
Kelly McCosh – Registrar

Kelly’s role is to carry out all procedures associated with the care, receipt and dispatch of art works from the permanent and loan collections and works on loan for exhibition, ensuring that the collection database is maintained accurately to provide correct research and registration information. Kelly oversees all loan documentation, freight and insurance arrangements of the art works. She arranges the photography of artworks for collection record; prepares condition reports of artworks; processes loan applications; and facilitates photography and copyright requests, incoming and outgoing.


+64 6 759 6716

Hannah Moselen
Hannah Moselen – Retail Manager

Hannah oversees all things shop related including the selection of giftware, jewellery and books from new and existing suppliers, shop merchandise, collaborations and gallery wholesale stock orders. Hannah is your direct contact for supplier enquiries at the Govett-Brewster Shop.


+64 6 759 6715

Alastair Ross
Alastair Ross – Cinema and AV

Alastair’s role is to prepare and programme film content for our cinema, liasing with clients, artists, filmmakers and distributors to ensure the Gallery offers a wide ranging and entertaining film programme.
Alastair also operates the projection and sound equipment for presentations and events.


+64 6 759 6060

Jon Geehan
Jon Geehan – Exhibitions Coordinator

Jon oversees the general exhibition management and planning of the Govett-Brewster. His role includes liaising with contractors; artists and curators; procurement of equipment and materials; recruitment, training and coordination of the exhibition changeover team; crating design packaging and transportation of artworks and photography production for publications, publicity and records.


+64 6 759 0857

Murray Hewitt
Murray Hewitt – Exhibition Technician

Murray's role involves the installation of artworks in the gallery spaces in whatever form, whether it be moving image, sculpture, painting, performance or sound. He is also responsible for the transportation of artwork, fabrication of supports and gallery furniture as well as wall building and painting. Murray also handles maintenance of the workshop and A/V equipment and liaising with contractors, artists and curators.


+64 6 759 6060

Lucy Nacey
Lucy Nacey – Digital Engagement Assistant

Lucy works within all areas of the team to create content for social media and digital platforms. With a focus on engaging and enriching the Gallery community online, she also provides support to the communications and marketing teams. Lucy comes from a background in retail design, marketing and artistic direction in a fashion environment. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Design with First Class Honours from Massey University of Wellington.


+64 27 358 7434

Matt White
Matt White – Graphic Designer

Matt is our in-house graphic designer, with experience in both publication and digital he designs everything from slides in the cinema, artwork labels, to our advertising and communications collateral.


+64 6 759 0859

Ingrid Wahlen
Ingrid Wahlen – Visitor Experience Coordinator

Ingrid coordinates the dedicated team of Information Officers, the friendly staff you'll meet in the galleries. Ingrid has a strong background in art history and managerial experience in the cultural sector. She has coordinated and curated art auctions, organised art fairs and worked as a project manager at Germany’s biggest distance learning university.


+64 20 4004 1652

Chris Barry
Chris Barry – Educator

Chris oversees the day-to-day management of the Govett-Brewster’s current Ministry of Education funded Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programme and has fun designing and implementing education programmes for all levels of students, the majority currently being used by primary school students and teachers. Chris also helps design and implement school holiday programmes and co-ordinates a weekly out-of-school-hours art programme for senior primary students. He advises educational groups and teachers about the resources, programmes and events available at the Govett-Brewster.


+64 6 759 0858

Rebecca Fawkner
Rebecca Fawkner – Educator

Rebecca works mainly within the Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC) programme funded by the Ministry of Education, designing and implementing Govett-Brewster education programmes for pre-school to tertiary students. Rebecca helps young people learn very useful and cool stuff from some times ‘out there’ contemporary art. Primary school students and teachers are the most frequent education visitors but students come from all types of schools and have very different reasons for immersing themselves in the world of art. As a part of the education team Rebecca also helps design and run hands-on art making workshops every school holidays.


+64 6 759 0858

Jess Marshall
Jess Marshall – Kaiako

Karanga atu ki a koutou ki raro i te maru o te maunga tītohea; he pou here tangata, he pou here waka, he pou here kaupapa.

Ko Jess Marshall tōku ingoa. He Pākehā ahau nō Taranaki e ngākau nui ana ki te ao Māori. Ko au te kaiako hou ki te Whare Toi o Ngāmotu.

Warm greetings to you all. My name is Jess Marshall and I'm the new Te Reo educator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre.

Nau mai, haere mai, rarau mai!


+64 6 759 0858

Ellie Field
Ellie Field – Educator

Ellie develops and delivers public programmes including Family Art, Seniors and Babes. She has worked for the Govett Brewster since 2015. She is a Young Visionaries tutor and supports the school holiday programme. Ellie’s background includes 5 years as a lecturer for Cambridge School of Visual and performing arts teaching A-level, and Art Foundation. She has worked on large scale installations in Singapore and South East Asia. She is also part of the exhibition team.


+64 6 759 0858

Kate Hutchings
Kate Hutchings – Business Support/Finance

Kate provides administrative and finance services to ensure the smooth and effective functioning of the Govett-Brewster/Len Lye Centre. Excellent time management and organisational skills are an essential requirement of this role. It is an enjoyable and exciting job that deals with a diverse range of people and always presents new challenges. Tasks include liaising with external contractors; maintaining and updating databases and the Govett-Brewster filing system; organising travel and accommodation for staff and visitors; and coordinating financial obligations.


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Some of the Govett-Brewster's Front of House team
Front of House Team

Our friendly and knowledgable front of house team greet visitors and are on hand to discuss the exhibitions.


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At front desk:
Natasha, Josh, Leo and Hayley

In the Gallery:
Ellie, Jo, Lance, Niki, Briana, Connor, Miriam, Wendy, Jacqui, Simone
and Melanie.