Greg Thomas is a consultant to the Lower Hutt Law Firm of Thomas Dewer Szirani Letts. He is been chair of E Tu and was a member of the steering committee which established the trust. He has a long standing interest in the visual arts and has been involved in the governance of other arts and not-for-profit groups. He is a past chair of the Katherine Mansfield birthplace society and the Wellesley College Board of Trustees.
Allan Brown has had extensive design and manufacturing business experience in Hutt City with Formway Furniture and Metallion. This included manufacturing a number of sculptural works for artists, most notably the Urban Forest and Smiling Windmills with Leon Van Den Eijkel. In his current role as Waterfront Operations Manager for Wellington City Council, he has responsibility for maintenance of many sculptural works. This design and maintenance experience is valuable in ensuring works installed by E Tu Awakairangi Hutt Public Art Trust are of good quality and will provide enjoyment over many years.
Dan Males is a Landscape Architect with Isthmus Group. As a member of E Tu, Dan has a particular specialism in implementation of complex projects with the necessary expertise to take a project through all stages from feasibility to construction.
David Ogden is a chartered accountant, with a parallel interest in local government, including as a councillor, mayor and health board member to name a few. He is a previous member for eight years of the Dowse Museum management board. His interest in the sculpture trust dates from well before its initial formation when he promoted and discussed the idea and actuality of it, with Tim Walker, the former curator of the Dowse Museum.
Desiree Mulligan has been a member of the Hutt City Central Ward Ccommunity committee, and it was while she was involved in this that she took an active role in the establishment of what became the E Tu Te Awakairangi sculpture trust. She was a representative on the Hutt City community arts advisory group, and is also on the committee of the Avalon Hall (historic community facility). As a teacher of History and English she is involved with the youth of our community and has a great interest in public art.
Ian Pike manages Wellington’s urban development Build Wellington team within Wellington City Council. Attention to urban form and the improvement of public places is a significant part of the remit of this position. Ian has been involved with a number of art installations on Wellington’s waterfront including the Len Lye Water Whirler, Solace in the Wind and Nga Kina. Ian has been a trustee on E Tu from its inception.
Leigh Sutton has a long involvement with her local and the wider Lower Hutt community. A self-employed publisher, she produces the Stokes Valley Times and the Taita Times monthly newspapers, along with the popular glossy magazine Vibrant Hutt which showcases the Hutt Valley and its people, businesses, attractions and events.
Leigh is a current Hutt City Councillor, a role she comes to after serving four terms at community committee level including two terms as Chair. She’s the current Chair of Keep Hutt City Beautiful, a Rotarian and long-term Trustee of the Stokes Valley Community Trust.
Charles works for Wellington City Council where he provides landscape design and advice to a range of Council directorates. This has included work focused towards Parks and Gardens, Urban Design, and Infrastructural projects. He has a background in spatial layout in urban and park settings, outdoor structures, urban and rural furniture, sculpture, tree and planting design.