Meet Our People

Elected Officers

Richard O’Brien

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


Hamilton Operatic Society Board Members & Management

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.

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

Wardrobe Team

Maria Eaton
Vicki Buchanan

Hans Son

Treasurer – Appointed Board Member

Hans is an accountant who has over 4 years’ experience. He is married to his lovely wife Sophie and they have a baby boy. During high school he had a glimpse of theatre by participating in ‘Les Misérables’ and ‘Pirates of Penzance’ and wishes to further explore the world of theatre by becoming a member of the Hamilton Operatic Society Board of Management.

Outside of work, he enjoys fishing, diving, playing computer games and spending quality time with friends and family.

Victoria Munro

Co-opted 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 practising her needle-threading skills.

Philippa Chesham

Business Manager

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

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.

Nick Wilkinson

Elected Board Member

Nick has been an active member of the Hamilton Operatic Society for 25 years. in that time he has performed in 37 productions and directed 4 productions for the society. Nick brings with him extensive knowledge of the Waikato theatre scene and has developed good relationships and worked with many theatre groups, both amateur and professional. As well as working as a freelance actor and director, Nick in heavily involved in the disability sector where he runs leadership training courses and counselling workshops for families. Nick also works in the sector in a governance role for national organisations.

Margot Rawlings

Wardrobe Manager

Margot has a professional background in communications and business analytics, and together with her passion for theatre, she is now turning her hand to managing the wardrobe department at Hamilton Operatic Society. When Margot first moved to Hamilton in 1994 she worked with companies such as Shavian, Slip of the Tongue, Elektra and her own Extant, in production and stage management. She is now very excited about the challenge that lies ahead in building the wardrobe into a self-sustaining business at the hub of the HOS community.

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: Sandra Braithwaite, Harkness Henry    |    Accountant: KPMG
Auditor: Gener8    |    HR Consultant: Christine Sidwell