Meet our Team

Our in-house team is dedicated and experienced in a large number of events, and we're ready to make your event a huge success!

Please contact the team to discuss your event needs.

Yarrow Stadium

Julie Johns, Stadium Coordinator
Julie has worked at the Council for ten years, the last five as the Yarrow Stadium Coordinator. She also has wide experience in other Council venues and an excellent understanding of how to meet client needs. Prior to this, Julie spent ten years working in Auckland, Sydney, Ireland and the UK in a range of customer service and marketing roles.

Jock Sutherland, Operations Coordinator
Jock has worked at the stadium for 8 years and has wide experience with all types of events at the venue. He works well with clients to present the venue appropriately to their needs.

Ken Roycroft, Operations Assistant

Ken has been at the venue since April 2013 and with his previous experience and approachable personality he is able to realise client visions for venue set-up and event delivery.

TSB Stadium & TSB Bowl of Brooklands

Eli Paurini, Operations Coordinator
Eli has been working in various positions for the TSB Stadium for seven years, starting off as a casual on-call worker. He has worked his way up to be the full time Operation’s Coordinator. Eli is in charge of taking bookings, creating contracts, meeting with hirers and setting up the venue.


Zoe Kensington, Operations Assistant TSB Stadium and TSB Bowl of Brooklands
Zoe has been working in various positions for the Events and Venues team since November 2014. Starting off in the Summer Scene team for the TSB Festival of lights programme, Zoe has also worked as a casual on-call worker for the Ticketing team and as a customer service operator across NPeventvenues.


Events and Venues Team

Ron Murray, Manager Recreation and Events

Ron is in his second spell with NPDC, having worked as Manager Events from 2005-2008. He returned 'home' to New Plymouth in 2013 after 5 years in Queensland working as an Events Manager with Fraser Coast Regional Council and then Manager of the Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre in the same region. Originally from the UK he spent nine years at the Royal Marines School of Music and after becoming established in events and leisure management there, emigrated to New Zealand in 2000. He has run his own events and sponsorship business and held senior management positions in events, venues, tourism, sports coaching and development in the UK, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

Nelita Byrne, Venues Lead

Nelita oversees the strategic development and business plan in her role leading the team that manages the venue operations. Prior to this role Nelita was Venue Manager of the TSB Showplace with Taranaki Arts Festival Trust. Nelita has over ten years experience working in the industry and is a member of VMA and a graduate of PVMS. She has served on the board of PANNZ and is a current executive member of EVANZ. Contact Nelita for sponsorship, business development and major event enquiries.

Marieke Connell, Marketing and Communication Coordinator

Marieke looks after all the marketing and communication collateral for the diverse range of events at TSB Stadium, Yarrow Stadium and TSB Bowl of Brooklands. Marieke has previously worked in Perth as a media planner and buyer. Contact Marieke for media and marketing enquiries.

Michelle Cowley, Coordinator Events

Michelle has been part of the events team since September 2012, and assists the Events Lead with delivering a wide range of community events including the On Stage programme for the TSB Bank Festival of Lights, Waitangi Day and various other events held at the event venues such as rugby matches and concerts.

David Bird, Coordinator Events

David’s main role involves planning and delivering NPDC managed events such as TSB Bank Festival of Lights. Other roles include assisting the venues team during major events and providing support for various events held within New Plymouth. David has over ten years experience working in venues, most recently as an Operations Assistant at the TSB Showplace.



Kelly Fenwick, Customer Support Officer Ticketing

Kelly has been working in our ticketing team for 7 years, and has a great knowledge over many ticketing systems.  Kelly provides the front counter sales service, admin duties and ticketing services across NPeventvenues.

Agnes Kimura, Customer Support Officer Ticketing

Agnes is one of our ticketing customer service operators who has been with our team for over 2 years. Agnes also provides reception duties to the TSB Showplace, ticketing services at all our venues and helps out with the events team for major events.

Angela Wasley, Administration and Project Support
Angela has been part of the Events and Venues team since February 2015. Angela shares the teams administration tasks with Shannon Bishop while also assisting with a variety of venue projects such an ITM cup, Wellington Phoenix vs NZA, the Georgie Pie Super Smash T20 cricket series and the Vodafone Warriors match. Angela recently returned home to Taranaki after spending 16 years working in Sydney in a variety of Executive Assistant and Project Support roles.

Shannon Bishop, Events and Venues Administrator
Shannon provides administrative assistance to the Venues & Events Manager and wider venues team. Shannon has previously worked in a legal administrative role within NPDC. Contact Shannon for general venue enquiries.

Susan Tozer, Customer Support Officer Ticketing
Susan is a full-time Customer Support Officer who provides ticketing services at all of our venues and is based at TSB Showplace. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Auckland and a strong background in customer service experience.

Carrie Peterson, Ticketing Co-ordinator
Carrie oversees the day to day operation of the ticketing team across all four of our venues and is based at the TSB Showplace. Carrie started with us in November 2015 and comes from a background of Contract Management and Business Services Coordination.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the team to discuss your event needs.

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