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New Director appointed to head Hamilton Gardens

New Director appointed to head Hamilton Gardens
June 11, 2021

Following her success as Hamilton City Council’s Central City Place Manager, Lucy Ryan had been named as the new Director of the internationally acclaimed Hamilton Gardens.

Ryan steps into the role of Director following the retirement of Dr Peter Sergel last year. Over four decades, Dr Sergel helped transform the 45 hectares into the attraction it is today.

Waikato born and raised, Ryan brings a wealth of knowledge and 20 years’ experience to the role. Before joining Council, she spent over 15 years working within the museum sector, at both Te Papa and Auckland Museum, developing a strong understanding of visitor attractions and leading teams to deliver memorable customer experiences and events.

With a zest for gardening herself, Ryan is excited to embark on the new challenge, commenting “the Gardens is an all-time favourite place of mine and it’s an honour to be a part of this new chapter.”

Announcing that Ryan is the right person to take the spectacular destination to the next level, Hamilton City Council’s General Manager of Community, Lance Vervoort stated “Lucy stood out through an extensive recruitment process and we’re thrilled to have recruited her from within Council.

“She already has a strong understanding of local government and I know she’ll bring a whole lot of heart into the role.”

Ryan is excited to collaborate with the many groups she knows are passionate about the Gardens and its future, adding “together we’ll continue building on the wonderful work that’s already been done and keep this beloved place moving from strength to strength.

“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, the Council-owned Hamilton Gardens has transformed into one of the Waikato region’s most popular destinations. Despite the lack of international tourism in 2020, the Gardens experienced its busiest summer yet, with 116,315 visits between Christmas Eve and Waitangi Day alone.

Ryan (pictured) will step into the role in August.

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