Patrons         Team         Board 


Dame Kate Harcourt and Taika Waititi (actor, 1995 festival) 


Diana Cable (Programme & Partnerships Manager)

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 04 385 8227 

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.

Natasha Thyne (Programme Administrator | Y&H Tours)

Email: [email protected] 
Phone: 04 385 8227 

Natasha joined the office team at the start of 2018. She is a Y&H Alumni having been involved in two Festivals (stage manager 2016, costume designer 2017) and is extremely passionate about all things theatre and dance. When she is not in the office she can be found backstage working on various productions and events around Wellington, at the gym or catching up on the latest reality TV craze.  


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.

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.

Hilaire Carmody (Trustee)

Hilaire currently works for NZ On Air. She was previously EA to the CE and Secretary to the Board at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. Her background is in performing arts and festival management having worked for organisations such as the Royal New Zealand Ballet, The NZ Fringe Festival and the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Theatre and Film Studies as we as a Graduate Diploma in Event Management.