Elisabeth Vaneveld

Elisabeth Vaneveld is a strategist, project leader and process facilitator with extensive experience in the cultural, community and public sectors in New Zealand and Australia. She has worked in the cultural sector for almost thirty-five years and have developed and led many projects across a wide variety of disciplines, scope and scale. A professional facilitator, she also has considerable experience in group work and organisational development. Her strategy work is focused on building capability within organisations to support long-term sustainability and success.

For ten years until April 2006, Elisabeth was Manager: Northern Arts Services, Creative New Zealand. Currently, she is the first Executive Director of The Big Idea Trust, a national organisation intent on driving arts-led creativity into all sectors of New Zealand society. The Trust’s major project is also New Zealand’s largest on-line community in the creative sector: www.thebigidea.co.nz Through TBI Assist, the Trust’s consulting arm, she is the Programme Director of ART Venture, a one-year acceleration programme for creative sector entrepreneurs working in the Auckland region; she is leading a multi-talented team in the design and implementation of that programme for ART (Arts Regional Trust).

Elisabeth has a deep interest in adult education and creative, sustainable business development and have a Masters in Management (Strategy-focus) from the University of Auckland.


The Arts Work | Strengthening connections between the arts sector and New Zealand’s creative economy, Creative New Zealand 2006 (with Jana Lyn-Holly)

In Support of the Artist Formerly Known as Dishwasher, The New Wave, Entrepreneurship & the Arts Symposium, Deakin University, 2002 (with Martin Rodgers)

The Tool Kit – te kete awhina: a planning tool for community consultation and quality decision making in local authorities, Creative New Zealand, 2001 (with Gaye Greenwood)

Local Enterprise Development in the OECD 1980 – 1994, Brotherhood of St. Laurence, 1995

For Women, by Women – creating a Women’s Centre for Victoria, State Government of Victoria, 1991