Your National Exec welcome your input and feedback. 

Do take the time to email any of us with your thoughts at any time.


The National Executive has a governance and management role to ensure our legal obligations are met and our member celebrants are supported. Strategies are put in place to achieve our objectives in the key areas of standards, education, networking and profile-raising.

We aim for balanced succession with a mix of experienced and new members. The Executive is supported by YourVA - a virtual administration organisation. Executive team members volunteer their time and expertise.

The Executive members play a direct role, sometimes in collaboration with appointed specialists, in providing services for members, including our publication Pānui, our website, member liaison, professional development, national education events and marketing.  Each National Executive member has a management area to coordinate, and responsibility for liaison with one or more Branches.  The flow of information, ideas and inspiration within our organisation is key to its vitality and to achieve our aim of promoting celebrancy and Celebrants Aotearoa celebrants in Aotearoa.


Rachel Clarke (she/her)


Wellington (Te Upoko o Te Ika a Maui) - Wairarapa
Canterbury / Waitaha
Manawatū - Whānganui
Joanne (Jo) Smith (she/her)

021 796 675

Vice President
Hawkes Bay East Coast / Te Matau a Māui
Elaine Spearman (she/her)

021 523 777

Northland / Te Tai Tokerau
Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau
Brenda Chapman (she/her)


Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau
Helen O'Shaughnessy she/her



Bay of Plenty / Te Moana a Toi
Niki Ovenden


Hawkes Bay East Coast / Te Matau a Māui
Anna Flanagan (she/her)

029 477 2662

Top of the South / Te Tauihu
Southern / Murihiku