There has been a staffing reshuffle in Wanaka’s Festival of Colour team in recent weeks, as general manager Laura Williamson steps aside to focus on her magazine editing work at 1964.
Two festival event team stalwarts and Abbey Lewis been appointed to two new roles as operations managers for the event, which is held every two years.
They will assist recently appointed festival executive director Charlie Unwin in delivering the 2023 Festival of Colour, which will be Wanaka’s 10th.
Former festival director Philip Tremewan relinquished his role recently to new artistic director Sophie Kelly, but remains the programmer for next year’s Aspiring Conversations Festival.
Mr Tremewan worked alongside Ms Williamson for five years and said in a November newsletter the team was sad to see her go.
“We are extremely grateful for all her hard work and ability to juggle a vast range of tasks, usually with a smile on her face,” he said.
Ms Williamson was appointed general manager in 2017, after working in various festival roles.
“We were delighted to have Laura bring her great energy, warmth, intelligence and organisational skills to the general manager role and wish her well on her next adventures. But the good news is, we don’t think we’ve seen the last of Laura on the festival team. She is keen to stay involved in some capacity,” Mr Tremewan said.
Ms McConville has worked as a freelance event manager in New Zealand, mostly Wanaka, and overseas.
Both she and Ms Lewis, a former museum registrar and events sector freelancer, have had a long association with the Festival of Colour.