HAMILTON MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
Hamilton Gardens’ new director, Lucy Ryan, succeeds Dr Peter Sergel, who retired last year.
The new manager of Hamilton Gardens was the pick of the proverbial crop of potential candidates for the post.
Lucy Ryan will take office in August, following a successful tenure as Manager of the City of Hamilton Central Square.
The sought-after director post was announced following the retirement of former director Peter Sergel last year. For four decades, Sergel has helped transform the 45 hectare site into the attraction it is today.
Born and raised in Waikato, Ryan brought a wealth of knowledge and 20 years of experience to this role.
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Prior to joining the board, she spent over 15 years working in the museum sector, both at Te Papa and the Auckland Museum, where she developed a solid understanding of tourist attractions and led organizing teams. experiences and events.
With enthusiasm for gardening herself, Ryan said she was excited to take on the new challenge.
“The gardens are one of my favorite places of all time, and it’s an honor to be a part of this new chapter.”
Community CEO Lance Vervoort said Ryan was the right person to take the gardens to the next level.
“Lucy stood out through an extensive recruiting process, and we are delighted to have recruited her to the board.
“She already has a solid understanding of local government and I know she will bring a lot of heart to this role.”
Ryan said she was excited to collaborate with the many groups passionate about gardens and their future.
“Together, we will continue to build on the wonderful work that has already been done and make this beloved place grow stronger and stronger.
“Advancing our shared vision, outlined in the Hamilton Gardens Management Plan, will be at the heart of everything we do.
Over the past 40 years, council-owned Hamilton Gardens has grown to become one of the Waikato area’s most popular destinations.
Despite the lack of international tourism in 2020, the Gardens experienced their busiest summer to date, with 116,315 visits between Christmas Eve and Waitangi Day.