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Victoria Spackman ONZM


Victoria Spackman is a co-owner of the Gibson Group and its immediate past Chief Executive (from 2012 to 2017). Victoria holds a full time role as Director Creative and Director Te Auaha, the New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity at the Weltec/Whitirea creative campus in Wellington, but continues to be involved with the Gibson Group as a director and shareholder.

In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious Private Sector In-House Lawyer of the Year Award by the New Zealand Law Society to recognise her contribution to the profession and the Gibson Group. Victoria was recognised as a Women of Influence in the 2015 nationwide awards and in June 2016 was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to theatre, film and television in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours List, which you can find here.

Victoria also has strong governance experience, having chaired Wellington’s iconic Bats Theatre for 12 years, served two 3-year terms on the Screenrights board and sat on the SPADA executive board for 6 years. In 2015 she was appointed by the Minister of Tertiary Education to the board of Education New Zealand. She is recognised as a leader in the creative sector and brings skills, experience and interests quite different to most in the industry. She has high-quality connections in NZ’s creative and technology industries, central and local government, as well as in the creative industries in Australia, the UK and China. She has degrees and post graduate qualifications across theatre, film, law and linguistics.

Executive Producer credits include NZ Idol, two series of Street Hospital and various other productions for the Gibson Group. She has also undertaken legal, financing and structuring work on films such as We’re Here to Help, Sione’s Wedding and Fresh Meat and international TV co-productions Kidnapped, Maddigan’s Quest, Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery, Panic at Rock Island and Paradise Café.

At a recent TEDx Auckland event, Victoria spoke to a full house about the Gibson Group's Wall Project. You can watch the video here.