Sandra Preston – Chair
Sandra is a senior public sector leader with a career spanning 20 years in policy development, strategic leadership, and change implementation. She has led policy change on many of NZ’s most pressing issues such as housing and Treaty settlements.
As an art lover, Sandra has been collecting contemporary NZ art for over a decade. Building an art collection has become a way of life, and Sandra has developed relationships with private galleries and artists across the country. She loves the way art challenges identities, tells powerful stories, and helps us see things differently.
Sandra considers it a special privilege to be able to advocate for art and the Dowse as a Trustee of the Dowse Foundation. She sees her role as helping to promote art as a living expression of our communities, and supporting the vital role public galleries play in facilitating community access to the arts.
Sandra holds a masters in environmental management and policy from Lincoln University.