Trust Board

The New Zealand Children's Choral Academy is a registered charity (Registered Charity CC59992), and is governed by a Trust Board made up of experienced leaders in the choral and charity sector.


Dr Karen Grylls, CNZM

Karen Grylls is Associate Professor in Choral Conducting at the University of Auckland. She conducted the New Zealand Youth Choir from 1989 to 2011, founded Voices NZ in 1998 and with the New Zealand Secondary Students’ choir now under the aegis of Choirs Aotearoa New Zealand, she is currently Artistic Director of these three internationally acclaimed national choirs.

She received an Auckland University Distinguished Teaching Award in Music (1996), and a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for her services to choral music (2023). She is also the recipient of two national citations for services to New Zealand music and was recently appointed to the Board of the NZ Choral Federation.

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Elise Bradley, MNZM

A passionate musician, award-winning conductor, and internationally respected educator, adjudicator and clinician, Elise Bradley directed the Toronto Children's Chorus for almost 15 years, and prior to that served for many years as the Head of Department Music at Westlake Girls’ High School in Auckland, New Zealand. She founded and conducted the school’s renowned treble choir, Key Cygnetures from 1991-2007, and directed the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir from 2001-2007. In January 2018 Ms. Bradley was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), an honour awarded in recognition of her services to Music

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Lois Chick

Lois Chick is the current chair of the NZCCA Trust Board, being part of the original set up team. Lois is a founder of New Zealand Graduate School of Education in Christchurch - a private Teacher’s College training graduate primary and secondary teachers.

She has held many governance roles and was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and leadership in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours. She has a lifelong interest in choral music and is passionate about all children having opportunities to sing.



Raymond Tan

Raymond wants to champion and support the growth of choral music and bring fresh perspectives to the board, having seen first-hand the unique benefits of Aotearoa’s choral experiences for his three boys from Westlake Boys High School.

With extensive governance experience with not-for-profit organisations, Raymond wishes to give back to the community after many years of supporting the various choral communities for over two decades. He is a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute who has founded and led several professional organisations in the past.

Raymond holds an MBA, an honours degree in strategic management, and several postgraduate and professional qualifications. He is currently a board member of the New Zealand Choral Federation, chairperson of the Glenfield Community Centre, and member of the Human Research Ethics Committee at Massey.