Margot McRae is a journalist and writer who has campaigned to protect Devonport's heritage buildings since coming to live here in 1983. She has been a spokesperson for Devonport Heritage Inc since 1999, has served on the Devonport Community Board and was the chairperson of Devonport Primary School board of trustees. After a career in journalism she turned her hand to fictional writing and her first play Finding Murdoch has had three professional productions. She is an enthusiastic supporter of New Zealand theatre and continues to write plays and make documentaries about heritage restorations. Margot holds a BA and a Diploma in Journalism and was awarded the Queen's Service Medal in 2017 for her work, including with the Victoria Theatre Trust.
Mark is a qualified engineer and has been a Project Manager and Development Consultant for some 30 years. He was instrumental in the development of the Bruce Mason Theatre and the 1990 redevelopment of Shore City Shopping Centre. For the last 10 years Mark has been a part-time senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, teaching Property Development. Mark was involved in the management of the restoration of the Calliope Sea Scout Heritage Boathouse on King Edward Parade. He is currently Project Manager for the Devonport Yacht Club planned refurbishment, and has previously coordinated various community funding projects.
Hamish has a Bachelor of Architecture from Auckland University and trained with Sumich Chaplin Architects before venturing out to start his own architecture practise. Hamish has successfully delivered architect designed property developments for 15+ years in the form of high-end residential new-builds and renovations, social housing, tourism accommodation, and retail/commercial fitouts. Recently Hamish has established Pavilion Group & Architecture, a locally based architecture and property development enterprise.
Mark has almost 20 years experience in business development and investment banking. This has included advising a range of domestic and international clients on strategy and corporate finance related matters, and leading the execution of a number of significant corporate transactions.
Libby has resided in Devonport for almost 45 years. She has followed the progress of The Vic during that time and says “It has never been more vibrant than it is now and I am keen to be involved in keeping up the momentum to progress preservation and enhancement of this wonderful community asset”. A person committed to community, she was secretary of Devonport School Board of Trustees and is a past president and current member of Devonport Rotary. Libby is a retired pharmacist and ran her own pharmacy business for 15 years. No visit to The Vic is complete without a choc top ice cream!
David has lived in Devonport for the past 40 years – which as it happens is the whole of the New Zealand part of his life. He was the treasurer of the Devonport School Board of Trustees and involved with other local community organisations including the football and bowls clubs. He worked in accounting, finance and management and is now very happy to be able to play a part in support of Devonport’s wonderful local cinema and theatre.
The Victoria Theatre Trust gratefully acknowledges the following people who have made major donations to the Friends of the Vic. Their generosity has helped with the continued restoration of the Victoria Picture Palace and Theatre.
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