Meet the Team

Megan Brown – TSB Showplace Coordinator (currently on maternity leave)

Megan was born and bred in the south-west of England and moved to New Plymouth in 2010.

Megan has a background in fundraising and events in the not-for-profit health sector.

She loves the Kiwi lifestyle and can often be found enjoying the great outdoors with her young daughter, husband and dog.



Penny Burmester  - Business Development Officer

Originally from the UK, Penny has called New Plymouth home for the past 20 years and is one of the more experienced members of the TSB Showplace team.

Penny has a varied background in customer service and hospitality roles. She was originally part of the NPDC venues team and has been juggling multiple events and clients at the TSB Showplace since 2006.

Most of her spare time is spent doing a role she loves - being a Mum!  but also she can often be seen power walking along the coastal walkway and stopping off at nearby cafes for the ‘Penny Special’ (1/4 shot, trim, cappuccino).


David Liggett – TSB Showplace Operations (currently acting Venue Coordinator)

David has an extensive background in retail management and over the years he has been seen on both sides of the venue, showing his talent as a performer on stage and also showing his experience in coordinating the operations of our events at the TSB Showplace - among everything else!

Having been with the team since 2006, David’s knowledge of the venue is second to none and he is known for his organisational skills, detailed lists, passion and creativity.

A family man, when he’s not at work he’s out on his new lifestyle block tending to the chooks, landscaping and riding around on his brand new ride-on lawnmower


Sharina Parsottam – Marketing & Communications

Sharina joined the team in 2016. She most recently came from the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust where she was the marketing coordinator. This saw her marketing a number of festivals including WOMAD, Tropfest New Zealand and the Taranaki International Arts Festival.

She enjoys supporting our clients with all things marketing, and takes pleasure in the variety of responsibilities that this involves. Feel free to quiz her on ideas for marketing your event!

Sharina appreciates live music, festivals and the arts. She can also be found jogging along the foreshore, relaxing by the ocean or enjoying a few refreshing ciders.

Alana Martin – TSB Showplace Operations

Alana has recently moved back to New Plymouth from Wellington where she has spent the past 10 years working in the hospitality industry, most recently specialising in Event Management.

Alana enjoys the fast passed work life of event management and thrives on coordinating the operations of each and every event, show and function.

When Alana isn’t at work planning your next event, you can find her relaxing with her family and friends over a strong coffee or a Central Otago Pinot Noir.


Luke Millard – TSB Showplace Operations

Returning home from several years of soaking in the Sydney events industry, Luke brings home an array of cultural, corporate and catering event operations experience. 

He’s passionate about our region and community, driven to build a diverse cultural offering for our people, and firmly planting our home on the map as a hub of cultural activity.

When his hands aren’t filled with work, you’ll find them wrapped around a guitar, a paintbrush, or a fishing rod.