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.

Rose Treadwell – Creative Promoter
07 928 5270

Meet our Waiheke Island-import: Rose joined the CBOP team in September 2018 as marketing and events coordinator, and has extended her reach to now include project management and PR, as well as general messaging and comms.

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 and teaching music.

Rose manages everything marketing and comms-related, whether you’re needing help promoting an event, you have a piece of exciting local arts news to share, or you want to tell the world about your arts practice – get in touch with Rose.