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.

Paul Mitchell


Paul received a Hamilton City Council Civic Award in 2011 for, amongst other things, his services to Theatre in Hamilton. This followed a period of nine years when Paul was Chairman of The Board of The Hamilton Operatic Society and was executive producer of approximately 25 musical productions in this era. Paul’s association with the society started in 1992 when he performed in the musical Evita. He performed in one major production per year until he was elected to the Board and time prohibited continued appearances on stage. A highlight of Paul’s time in HOS was when he was executive producer for Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show in 2005 at Founders Theatre. This also started Richard’s involvement with the Society, which is another highlight.

Paul sees his present role as President of the Society as a privilege to hold. Many people have worked for the Hamilton Operatic Society for the past 100 years and it is a pleasure to take a turn at being part of this very important part of Hamilton’s past, present and future.

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


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

Life Members

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

Hans Son

Treasurer – Co-oped 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.

Trish Watson

Appointed Board Member

Trish is a tax specialised accountant with over 6 years experience. She has always had a love of theatre though prior to this role has kept on the audience side of things. She has young children, one of which has shown a strong interest in the performing arts. When the opportunity arose to be part of the Hamilton Operatic Society Board of Management she jumped at the chance as a way of giving time to the local community and to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes to put on a quality production.

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.

Wardrobe Team

Maria Eaton
Vicki Buchanan

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.