Who We Are


Deirdre O’Sullivan (Chair)

Deirdre is the Chief Executive for Parkinson’s New Zealand and comes to the Young and Hungry Board with strong experience across not-for-profit and government organisations.  She has a proven track record developing strategic and creative initiatives and her key areas of expertise are marketing and fundraising, financial management, strategic planning and policy and procedures amongst many others. Deirdre has three young children and is co-owner of Gymbaroo Wellington childcare centre.  She has a great interest in the arts and in supporting young people.

Brianne Kerr (Trustee)

Brianne Kerr set up her own freelance publicity business in 2004 and has been run off her feet ever since. As the publicist for over 150 diverse artistic projects in the last four years Bri has obtained extensive media coverage and used her expertise to get ‘bums on seats’ for theatre, dance shows, festivals, bands and exhibitions. Bri started on the road as a publicist by becoming a Young and Hungry publicity mentee in 2002, 2003 and 2004. She then went on to become a mentor in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Vicki Cooksley (Trustee)

Vicki has spent the last 16 years working as a Production, Stage, Company and Venue Manager and Technician for companies and festivals including the NZ International Arts Festival, Auckland Arts Festival, WOW, NZ Opera and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. She spent 7 years as Operations Manager of Metro Productions which saw her involved in many projects from corporate and community events and festivals.  Since 2011 Vicki has been co-owner of Entertainment Production Services which provides management services to many festivals, organisations and businesses within the theatre, event and entertainment community.  Vicki is currently President of Entertainment Technology NZ (ETNZ) and contracts as a tutor to Toi Whakaari, The New Zealand Drama School.

Diana McAlpine (Trustee)

Diana is an Organisational Psychologist who is working as a Freelance Human Resources Consultant. She is currently consulting to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Prior to this she has held senior HR roles within private and public sectors. She has a depth of experience in strategy development, organisational development and change. Diana is passionate about the Arts. Her involvement has been as a theatre and festival goer while also enjoying the NZ literary and art scene. She is an amateur singer performing at friends and family weddings and participating in choirs.

Kelly Dare (Trustee)

Kelly Dare brings a diverse background of expertise to her role on the Board of Young and Hungry.  Her love of the arts and events has grown through her extensive experience working on a range of projects around the world. Working in marketing, managerial and production roles, she has worked across festivals including SXSW, London Film Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Kelly is now back in Wellington and is working as a digital producer at Resn.  She is excited by the opportunity to work with youth doing something she loves.

Diana Cable (Programme & Partnerships Manager)

Diana has many years experience as an arts administrator. Her roles have included Production & Company Manager for the Wellington City Opera, a Music Producer at Radio New Zealand Concert, Artistic Administrator of the New Zealand International Arts Festival, Operations Manager at Chamber Music New Zealand and she worked for seven years as an independent producer.

Clare Kerrison (Programme Administrator)

In March 2016 we welcomed Clare Kerrison into the Young and Hungry office part time. Clare works on Young and Hungry’s new programme – the EnsembleImpact national tour. 

Clare is Pākehā and British. She recently returned from a stint in the UK where she was administrator for an arts consulting firm and ran her own improv school. Before leaving NZ she was Business Manager for BATS Theatre in Wellington and played the title role in the 2009 contemporary NZ version of Hedda Gabler, directed by David Lawrence.