Meet the Team

Eric Holowacz – General Manager
020 442 1111

Our General Manager Eric Holowacz grew up in South Carolina and migrated to Wellington in 2002. He got his start at the South Carolina Arts Commission and Spoleto Festival and has worked in arts, culture, and heritage roles for over 25 years. His career includes the leadership of The Studios of Key West, Sedona Arts Center, Cairns Festival, and several arts councils and cultural facilities. He served as Arts Programmes and Services Manager for Wellington City Council from 2003 to 2007 and helped develop and activate Toi Pōneke arts centre, produced Artsplash Festival, and contributed to a public art framework. He has also served on numerous non-profit boards and volunteer civic leadership roles. He loves working with artists to enhance community identity, build creative partnerships, support the creative process, and develop new ideas for cultural engagement – and he is grateful to be doing that in the Bay of Plenty.

Annie Hill  – Funding & Project Advisor
07 928 5270

Annie commenced working at CBOP as Funding & Projects Advisor in January 2020. Her background is in communications, project management, facilitation and management support, where she has worked in roles in the business, not-for-profit, local government and tertiary sectors in New Zealand and overseas. Annie’s role includes supporting artists, groups and organisations in the areas of funding, grants management and upskilling, as well as facilitating mutually beneficial connections between the creative sector and the business community. She manages the Creative Communities Scheme and Jann Medlicott award, and is passionate about helping the arts and culture sector thrive and grow in the Bay of Plenty.

Alicia Beech – Arts and Culture Amplifier
07 928 5270

A Tauranga girl through and through, Alicia joined the CBOP team in 2018.

An abstract artist in her own right, she has been successfully promoting her work through online platforms including Instagram, selling her artwork to collectors around the world.

With over 10 years of experience in marketing, Alicia believes in thinking outside the box. Her role is to drive strategic marketing and communication initiatives – helping the team to support the Arts & Culture sector in our region.

Rose Treadwell – Creative Promoter
07 928 5270

Meet our Waiheke Island-import: Rose joined the CBOP team in September 2018 to assist with all things marketing and event-related. Her role has grown to include writing our weekly newsletter, managing community arts projects and general coffee/stationery retriever.

Rose arrived in the Bay with an array of creative attributes: she has a Bachelor of Classical Music, and has spent the last few years directing choirs, teaching various instruments, and performing in and running marketing for Auckland-based group ROOK.

While currently teaching a choir in Mt Maunganui, Rose brings together her previous managerial/marketing experience and her avid passion for all things creative and values her role at CBOP for increasing art and culture in the Bay.