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MEET THE TRUSTEES

The production of the SCIRT WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL is overseen by a wonderful group of volunteer trustees, all of whom are passionate about the SCIRT WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL, and about providing Christchurch with a well deserved laugh!

The World Buskers Festival Trust is:

Geoff Cranko - Chair

Geoff is Group Managing Partner of Strategy, one of the largest privately owned design and advertising companies in New Zealand.  He provides practical marketing and business knowledge to the festival and has been on the Trust since 2010. He sits on number of other private company boards and is also a trustee of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation and the CPIT Foundation.

Geoff is most looking forward to the last show of the festival - Beca BUSKER BEST BITS - having enjoyed the previous 10 days of world class entertainment.

Stephen Astor

Stephen is the owner of Stephen Astor CPA Ltd. He is also an owner of AUIP Ltd, a company that brings over 1000 university students to New Zealand, and he has been an Investment Manager at Southern Response (formerly AMI) since 1999. Stephen was a trustee on Festival City Trust, the Trust that governed the festival prior to Council's purchase of it in 2010, and has continued on with the World Buskers Festival Trust since its establishment in 2010.

Stephen's favourite SCIRT WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL events are Adgraphix NOTHING BUT STAND UP: THE GENTS and More FM NOTHING BUT STAND UP: THE LADIES.

Beth Dunn

Beth's governance experience includes Chairperson of the Anger Change Trust and the Riccarton High School Board of Trustees. She has previously been a trustee on the Riccarton House and Bush Trust and is a past member of the Riccarton Wigram Community Board. Beth is a Justice of the Peace, District Councillor (and Deputy Chair) of the Canterbury Westland District Council of the Automobile Association, a panellist on the Community Justice Panel and a Councillor on the Canterbury Justices of the Peace Association Council.

Beth can't wait to see LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT - I HEART CHOCOLAT at the 2014 SCIRT WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL.

Murray Johnson

Murray was a Trustee on the Eureka Trust for eight years. Murray recently sold his business in the packing industry and is currently employed by Fulton Hogan, initially assisting with earthquake recovery and now in traffic management. Murray has had a long term involvement with Canterbury rugby.

Murray can't wait to see the CHIPOLATAS at the 2014 festival.

Helena McIntyre

Helena's experience within the Meeting and Events industry has spanned over 20 years. She has worked in senior management roles for some of the Australia's leading event companies, including HS Communique, which she owned and managed in excess of ten years. With a Bachelor of Commerce and as a certified MEA graduate, Helena is one of Australasia's leading conference and incentive leaders. Helena joined the Trust in 2013.

Helena is a big fan of THE BOY WITH TAPE ON HIS FACE and can't wait to see him at the festival this year.

Stella Ward

Stella is the Executive Director of Allied Health. As part of the Executive Management Teams of West Coast and Canterbury District Health Boards Stella has a number of Executive Portfolios that include the Health Precinct; Health Innovation and she Chairs the West Coast Clinical Board and the West Coast Alliance Leadership Team

Stella first attended the SCIRT WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL in 1994! This year she is excited about celebrating the festival's 21st birthday, bringing belly laughs to a city that deserves a few, being surprised by the new acts and iSite BUSKERS BURLESQUE.