Creative BOP appoints new staff

Creative Bay of Plenty has appointed two new staff members as part of the substantial restructure the organisation is currently undergoing.

Mount Maunganui local Rachel Beange will take up the Administration and Marketing manager from April 1, while Perth's Meagan Davis will join Creative BOP in a couple of months' as its new Funding and Liaison manager.

General Manager Lena Kovac says both positions are brand new roles which have been created to reflect the organisation's vision to better support the local creative sector and they will work alongside one current employee.

“Rachel holds a Bachelor of Management majoring in Public Relations and Marketing and has worked in community mental health and administration for a local dance school.

“She has a fierce passion for all things creative, a great vision and the right skills to see Creative BOP move forward.”

While Meagan will come to the Bay from Perth where she's been working in the Strategy Team for Western Australia's largest regional bank and is responsible for developing events and sponsorship programs to deliver cultural engagement initiatives.

“We believe that Meagan will be a fantastic asset to our growing community.”

While current Gallery Curator and Arts Development Advisor Parewhati Taikato will also move into a role in Community Cultural Development which will see her “act as a radar” for the community's needs in terms of professional development, mentoring and networking, adds Lena.

On behalf of the organisation, Lena would like to acknowledge outgoing staff members Christine Sadlier and Viv Quinn whose contracts expire at the end of March.

“While I am excited about where the organisation is headed, I am also incredibly grateful for Christine and Viv's hard work, dedication, loyalty and commitment in their time with the organisation.”

Creative BOP's new focus is on finding ways to better assist the creative communities of Tauranga and the Western Bay to develop their goals and become more self-sustainable, acting as a conduit between the two local Councils and the wider community in all creative sector matters.

“We are currently supporting the development of an Arts & Culture Strategy for the sub-region, which will give CBOP clear direction on how to best move forward as a sector support agency.”