Monday January 24th – Opening Hours 10am – 4pm

About the Centre

Board & Staff

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

Michael Ahrens, Chair

Jonathan Sibley, Deputy Chair

Angela Williams, Financial Officer

Paul Davies, Secretary

Tania Wright, NCC Representative

Kathryn McGarvey, Board Member

Ngaio Blackwood, Board Member


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

Lisa Feyen, General Manager

Michelle Ibbotson, Visitor Engagement Coordinator

Alexandra Dawson, Media Coordinator

Maree Goodchild, Finance Administrator

Bob Stansbury, Coordinator

Carol Goodier, Coordinator, Sewing Tutor & Gallery Technician

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

Lisa Feyen

General Manager

Lisa is originally from London with a background in design and visual merchandising. She moved to New Zealand in 1998 to live in Wellington and work at Kirkcaldie & Stains as Visual Merchandising Manager. Her real passion, however lies with community arts and Lisa finds her position at CAN extremely rewarding.
Lisa is also a BVAD graduate of Ideaschool, EIT and tutors printmaking regularly at CAN and occasionally at EIT. She is an active member of the Print Council of New Zealand, exhibits her work regularly and is voluntary coordinator of the ‘Hawke’s Bay Inkers’ community printmaking group. She has lived in Napier since 2007 with her husband and two children.

Maree Goodchild

CAN Finance Administrator

Bob Stansbury


Bob has been working at The CAN as volunteer and staff since it opened in December 2014. He says he is not particularly creative, so tells visitors he is the “Philistine in Residence”. Bob spent 20 years running a YHA backpacker hostel where he got hooked on “shooting the breeze” and having a laugh with people from all over the world. He says the CAN is a great location to continue this pastime. Bob also volunteers at Peoples Advocacy Society and Citizens Advice Bureau which keeps him anything but retired. Meet Bob when you visit at weekends or during his regular Monday volunteer slot.

Carol Goodier

Coordinator & Gallery Technician

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 Coordinator since 2016, hangs our exhibitions as the Gallery Technician and regularly tutors our sewing classes.