Board of Directors
BRIDGET MARSH - CHAIRPERSONBridget is a passionate advocate for people discovering exactly what is most important to them and supporting them to create their lives around that. She calls herself a possibilitator, realiser of dreams, mentor and instigator of action.
Currently Director of two buisnesses Creating What Matters (CWM) offering niche teaching, facilitating and coaching. And okaioceanikart gallery representing solely artists of the Pacific. Bridget brings management and leadership to the team. She is passionate about the need to meet the current challenges of environmental, societal and spiritual wellbeing of the whole planet and every living being on it. Xerxes Atlas is a fantastic opportunity to bring together many of her loves – the arts, business and working with creative people.
Prior to establishing Creating What Matters, Bridget was Head of Performing and Screen Arts (SPSA) at UNITEC Institute of Technology in Auckland. While at SPSA (13+ years) Bridget loved being part of an organisation that had a purpose, a vision and a set of values that were behind every decision and enabled the school to grow at 12% per annum year on year to become the largest of its kind in Australasia at the time she left.
Before that she was a sailor completing more than 25,000 nautical miles with approximately 5,000 being single handed. She was Greek Operations Manager for a large yacht charter firm and spent time cruising in the Eastern Mediterranean. Later whilst based in the Caribbean managed the Moorings fleet of 120 charter yachts in Tortola BVA.
A passionate lover of the arts, the outdoors, the oceans and islands of the world Bridget spends much of her free time facilitating the work of the Pachamama Alliance, an organisation committed to bringing about an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the planet. What excites her about Xerxes Atlas is to work with a deeply caring group of people on something that has not been done before. To showcase New Zealand as an innovative country and make a difference to the lives of many in troubled parts of the globe.
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JADE WOOD - SECRETARYJade, founder of Xerxes' Atlas, would like to be known as successful in pioneering new ways. Not content to follow the beaten path, he dreams up projects that challenge the norm and works out how to realise them. He has a passion for social justice issues mostly born out of his Christian faith. He has spent much time overseas in 3rd world countries helping people as best he can. The Human Rights Commission organised sponsorship for him to spend 3 weeks developing himself at Outward Bound and has since featured him in their magazine and website www.hrc.co.nz
Some of his successful projects have been a Restorative Justice recording project with New Zealand R'n'B duo 'Adeaze' and an inmate at Paremoremo prison and the Christian Singles Ball - a project he hasn't personally been able make use of, although Jodi is very supportive.
Jade has personally started 3 charitable trusts in New Zealand and is the founder/director of two companies, the first of which, Fernwood Technologies he started straight out of university.
While Jade has a logical, analytical side to him he also possesses huge creative flair - a champion dancer and also an active musician, teaching, playing and writing. He is a classically trained jazz flutist, an Associate of the Trinity College of London and also sings and plays the guitar, bass guitar and drums.
CHAD CARTER - TREASURERComing from a musical family Chad has always had a passion for entertainment, music, dancing and the type of people it attracts. Chad wants to have a project outside his finance career that keeps his passion for the arts alive.
Chad is a business analyst working in the media industry and brings a financial planning element to the team. He has a passion for music, dance and the arts possessing an eclectic personality. His 10 years of experience in a range of business analysis and planning roles will help the board in the financial side of the project. Outside of his career Chad also takes singing and dancing lessons. Chad is excited to be working on this project as he has always wanted to be involved in the arts in some way and this has given him the opportunity to work with positive open-minded driven people in a world first production.
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ALEX LEEAlex Lee is a filmmaker/stage director as well as a commercial and entertainment lawyer. He was an actor/presenter including being a Writer/Presenter on The World Today, a prime time nightly English language current affairs programme screened on Asia TV in Hong Kong as well a radio producer and host.
In 2002, he decided to enrol for a Master of Creative & Performing Arts (Film & TV Drama Directing) at the University of Auckland and graduated with First Class Honours in September 2004. He wrote and directed Wong Cha Cha, a Creative New Zealand supported short film, completed in February 2004. Merging his law skills and film-making passion, he produced and directed instructional videos for the Institute of Professional Legal Studies. He has also been a line producer for overseas television and commercial productions including television films for Radio Television Hong Kong. A short documentary Ma-kara at Makara directed by Alex and Dan Shanan was screened at the 2004 Warsaw International Jewish Film Festival, the 2004 Jewish Film Festival in Jerusalem, and DOCNZ 2005.
He produced the independent low budget feature film The Last Magic Show which won The Best Technical Contribution Award for a Digital Feature at the Air NZ Screen Awards and Honourbale Mention at the Dances with Films Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2006. He is also the Executive Producer of Song of the Hunted, a low budget Middle Kingdom fantasy feature film.
Alex set up TAG Creatives Limited (previously known as Tsunami Actors & Talent Limited), a boutique management agency for actors, writers and directors. He is also a director of Timeline Productions Limited and Smiley International Documentary Film Distribution Limited. In 2009, he has set up Inkubator Limited with Paula Mary Jones, a film production and mentoring company.
In 2003, he founded and set up the Asia Film Festival Aotearoa, a Pan-Asian film festival with the inaugural festival held in February 2004. As a Trustee for the Asia NZ Film Foundation Trust, he advocates Asian representation in the New Zealand film and TV industry.
He is a National Executive Board Member of the Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand, Exceutive Board Member of Film Auckland and previosuly taught Production Management to the postgraduate film students at the University of Auckland.
Recently co-founded the Oryza Foundation, an Asian performing arts foundation which ran its first public season a a series of new Asian plays Native Alienz at The Herald Theatre, The Edge, Auckland.
Alex is also the founder and co-director of The Documentary NZ Trust,a body set up to promote and advocate documentary film-making in NZ as well as running the DOCNZ International Documentary Film festival and Summit.
Alex is passionate about capturing our stories, story telling and film-making.
GEORGIA WOODGeorgia Wood (nee Duder) is an Auckland, New Zealand -based singer, actress and voice coach. A graduate of The University of Auckland and Toi Whakaari- the New Zealand Drama School, her performance experience is vast- from international musical theatre to intimate soirees, from a rock opera album (www.georgiawood.co.nz) to an album of lullabies. She has trained in bio-laryngeal mechanics, vocal technique and sound-healing, and tutors voice and performance skills privately and for the Performing Arts School of New Zealand. She is currently creating her own show ”Highlights- the blonde & their songs.”TM www.highlightstheshow.com A passionate believer in the human need for creativity, and is a firm believer in the human right to sing, and as a qualified yoga instructor she brings concepts of yoga into her voice teaching. She encourages all performance, including her own, to come from a place of communion, and desire for human connection, rather than ego. Xerses' Atlas, she believes, has the potential to be a new model of creativity that seeks to unite through the sharing of ideas, to focus on similarities within humanity rather than differences.
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KOBUS RETIEFAs our Public Relations guy, Kobus is a natural social-butterfly and very well networked among the Auckland movers and shakers. His natural flair for communication and love of pop culture has seen him involved with New Zealand’s leading publications and event promoters.
At the other end of the spectrum Kobus has also worked with some of New Zealand’s largest public and private sector organisations, on everything from workforce development and internal communication strategy to process reengineering.
South African-born Kobus graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in health systems and management from the University of Auckland. He stayed to complete a Master in Public Health with Honours in health-management and economics. As if this is not enough, Kobus also graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Communications and Public Relations.
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