Alastair Carruthers is “honoured and delighted to be a part of the screen sector” as he takes up his new role as the NZFC Board Chair.
“It’s an exciting and dynamic time in the industry and New Zealand is bursting with talented storytellers through film. The screen sector is a vital and growing part of our economy and maintaining its strength is one of the Board’s key roles,” says Carruthers.
Following his first board meeting, his immediate priority is to begin the recruitment process for a new Chief Executive.
Carruthers is a company director and the co-founder of Homeland (a restaurant and cooking school in Auckland). He is a board member of Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, Cornwall Park Trust, Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum, Ringa Hora Services Workforce Development Council, and the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board. He has been Chair of the Allpress Espresso group, Co-Chair of the Te Papa Foundation, Chair of Creative NZ and the Arts Board, and a member of supervision boards for the Transport and Statistics Ministries. He has also participated on a Ministerial policy task force concerning philanthropy and taxation.
Alastair is a former council member and interim CEO of Unitec. He was Commissioner of the official NZ exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale of Art, and has over 20 years’ prior experience as the CEO of two leading NZ corporate and commercial law firms.
He has been an executive producer of two feature films, and was awarded a CNZM for Services to Arts governance in 2014.