Our People

We are reliant on volunteers and the generosity of the community and local businesses.

Richard O’Brien || Patron

Richard is known to most Hamiltonians as a figure in bronze standing on the site of the old Embassy Theatre building in Victoria Street.

Richard’s life in the world of entertainment began when he found work riding horses in movies in England in 1965. Since this unlikely beginning he has acted in film, theatre, television and on radio. Perhaps best known for writing the book, music and lyrics to the award winning, cult classic musical, The Rocky Horror Show, Richard is also known as the host of the incredibly successful UK Channel Four Television game show, The Crystal Maze. His critically acclaimed solo album, Absolute O’Brien, was awarded five stars by the influential Q Magazine.

As the voice of Lawrence Fletcher, the father of Phineas and Ferb in the Disney cartoon series of the same name, Richard recently attracted a new and younger audience.

Richard has been the Patron of Hamilton Operatic Society since 2009.

Fiona Bradley || President

Fiona has had a long and happy association of more than 35 years with Hamilton Operatic Society, having played major roles in productions such as Oliver!, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and many, many more.  

Fiona was Chairperson of the society for five years, and executive producer of wonderful shows such as Mary Poppins, Sister Act and Les Misérables. Working with dedicated and committed Board members and inspiring production teams was a privilege. When not on stage Fiona has also been involved backstage and Front of House. 

As a school principal, Fiona is passionate about providing a rich environment of theatre, music and dance to her students, many of whom have gone on to pursue a career in the Arts.

Hamilton Operatic Society Board Members

Nicole Hardy, Chairperson

Elected Board Member

Nicole has been involved with Hamilton Operatic for the past 11 years, starting as a follow spot operator before being given the privilege of Stage Managing many of Hamilton Operatic Society’s shows in recent years.

Nicole is a Geography teacher by day and relishes in having the opportunity to introduce the world of musical theatre to many of her students.

Dave Smith

Elected Board Member

Dave has been involved in the Society since 1984. His technical experience includes Head Mechanist for shows such as, Evita, Annie, Les Misérables, Chess, Grease and Blood Brothers. Dave has been a member of the Board of Management since 2000 as a co-opted member and a elected member since 2002. Dave also was Chairman of the Board of Management from 2006 until 2008 and Executive Producer for the phenomenally successful season of Cats.

Victoria Munro

Elected Board Member

Victoria brings a different perspective to Hamilton Operatic Society as it continues its creative drive across the Waikato and beyond. She blends a love of theatre with over 25 years experience in senior general management roles and human resource development. Victoria’s specific interests and skills are in education, sales strategy and communication and her strengths lie in attention to detail, critical thinking and organisational planning.

Victoria can usually be found backstage during productions supporting the performers with their wardrobe and dressing and practicing her needle-threading skills.

Chris Sidwell

Elected Board Member

Christine’s been involved with Hamilton Operatic since 1982. With hands on involvement with more than 50 HOS productions, Christine believes that she has music and theatre in her blood. The shows that were the biggest tests of her Stage Management skills were Les Miserables, Phantom and most recently Mary Poppins.

During the day, Christine is employed as a People and Performance Manager where she is involved in a senior Leadership Team as a performance coach. Recently, Christine has become involved in mental skills training for performing arts students.

Christine has previously been a co-opted Board member for the Hamilton Operatic Society and served on a number of other Boards previously. She brings strategic planning, business management and people leadership skills to the Board and looks forward to supporting the governance of the Hamilton Operatic Society

Hannah MacFarlane

Co-opted Board Member

Caroline Gill

Co-opted Board Member

Heather Longmuir


Astrid Shouler


Hamilton Operatic Society Management

Philippa Chesham

Operations Manager

Philippa has been involved with HOS for many years as cast, crew, orchestra and board member. Now as Operations Manager, she enjoys developing and maintaining business and corporate relationships, encouraging youth development, working with HOS members and finding new opportunities for the Society.

Sarah Hughes

Business Development Manager - Marketing

Sarah became involved in local Hamilton theatre scene during its pandemic era through performing in the HOS "A Night at the Meteor with Hamilton Operatic" in December 2020. Sarah has a Bachelor's of Music from Vision College and is currently studying towards her Honours at WINTEC in musical theatre singing. As the Business Development Manager for Marketing, Sarah enjoys using her musical background and creativity to market the Society and loves getting to play with the costumes in the Wardrobe.

During show seasons you'll either find Sarah on the stage performing or involved off the stage with music, hair and makeup, or any where she can be of help.

Renate O'Sullivan

Business Development Manager - Production Hire

Renate has been involved behind the scenes with HOS since 2014. With a background in theatre education, Renate has a IBD, BA (Theatre), GradDip inSecondary Teaching and is currently working towards her Masters in Communication (Theatre) at Wintec, while still actively teaching in a couple of local schools. A 'jack-of-all-trades', Renate has experience in costume, scenic designing, directing, performing, stage managing and writing. 

As the Business Development Manager for Production Hire, Renate would love to bring more awareness and recognition particularly to the work that goes on behind the scenes from the beginning of the creative process, right through to closing night.

Life Members

Bobbie Alderton QSM, Ron Braithwaite, Judy Braithwaite, Shirley Buchanan, Val Easte, Dave Gibbs, Noel Gleeson, Francie Gray, Sonja McGirr-Garrett, Sandra Herbert, John Keenan, Elaine Lucas, Brian Linehan, Paul Mitchell, Sabrina O’Brien, Richard O’Brien,  John Pak, Russ Rimmington, David Sidwell, Dave Smith, Colin Smith QSM, Jean Turk, Cheryl Turner, Kathie Young.


Honorary Solicitor: Henry Stokes - Perpetual Guardian
Accountant: KPMG
Auditor: Gener8 Solutions


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