Wednesday January 16th – Opening Hours 10am – 4pm

About the Centre

Board & Staff

Creative Arts Napier Inc. is a registered charity governed by a board of eight voting members:

Stephen Swabey, Chair

Chris Lord, Deputy Chair

Angela Willaims, Hon. Treasurer

Jerry Gull, Secretary

Erice Fairbrother

Wayne Walford

Katherine Bertram

Michael Ahrens

We have five part time members of staff, keeping the CAN open 7 days a week:

Lisa Feyen, Media Coordinator, acting as Interim Manager

Yvette O’Neill, Bookings Coordinator

Maree Goodchild, Finance Administrator

Bob Stansbury, Weekend Assistant

Carol Goodier, Weekend Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator

We also have a team of willing volunteers, whose contribution is invaluable.

Constitution Creative Arts Napier Inc August 2015 Final

Yvette O’Neill

CAN Bookings Coordinator

Yvette was born in London and worked there in the fashion industry. She emigrated to New Zealand in 1986.

While living in Wellington for over 20 years, Yvette studied at Inverlochy Art School, and during a creative career, worked for 14 years in the photographic industry. Since coming to Hawkes Bay in 2007, Yvette had the opportunity to paint and be creative full-time, with her artwork chosen for exhibition in many shows and galleries, including ‘East’ at Hastings City Gallery.

Yvette founded Viva Art Gallery in 2011; a gallery in Napier which operated on collective lines. Yvette joined the board of Creative Napier and worked with the team to help bring about the CAN, before joining the team in her current role.

Lisa Feyen

CAN Media Coordinator

Lisa is an artist/printmaker originally from London with a background in design and visual merchandising. She moved to New Zealand to live in Wellington and work at Kirkcaldie & Stains as Visual Merchandising Manager in 1998. She is an active member of the Print Council of New Zealand and is the Coordinator of the Hawke’s Bay Inkers community printmaking group.

Lisa is also a BVAD graduate of Ideaschool, EIT and tutors regularly at the CAN, EIT and occasionally at the MTG. She has lived in Napier since 2007 with her husband and two daughters.

Maree Goodchild

CAN Finance Administrator

Bob Stansbury

Weekend Assistant

Carol Goodier

Weekend Assistant

Carol can’t remember a time when she hasn’t sewed. In the early years Carol’s Mum was a source of great inspiration. Carol used to sit on her lap and ‘help’ her sew her outfits. Carol attended New Zealand College of Fashion Design in Auckland, and learnt the intricate skill of dress making, tailoring and pattern drafting. After several years of working in the textile industry, travelling the world and returning with a Canadian husband, Carol made Napier her home and brought up her family here.  Carol’s next achievement was a Bachelor of Visual Art and Design, completed in 2014 at EIT. She has worked at Creative Arts Napier as a valued Weekend Assistant since 2016, and regularly tutors our sewing classes.