Peter Biggs CNZM (Biggsy) has had a 25-year distinguished career in the advertising industry, leading award-winning agencies in New Zealand and Australia. He has had a significant involvement in the arts sector for many years, including being Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand (Creative NZ) from 1999 – 2006, a member of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Board, a Trustee of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Board and a founding Board member of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He was Chair of Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (formerly the New Zealand Book Council) from 2010 to 2021 and is currently Chair Emeritus. He was a founding Trustee of the Featherston Booktown Trust and became Chair in 2018. A generous arts philanthropist, Biggsy was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.