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Darren Burden leaves Vbase

Outgoing Vbase chief executive Darren Burden is being praised for his leadership of the venue management company over the past four-and-a-half years.

Vbase in Christchurch, New Zealand, manages Horncastle Arena, AMI Stadium, Air Force Museum, Christchurch Town Hall and Hagley Oval Pavilion.

The company is being restructured by Christchurch City Council with the company’s operations being split in two to create a new company to own its assets.

Burden is leaving Vbase today after joining the company in January 2014. Current Vbase staff Chris Mintern will become general manager operations and Chris Wallace will be general manager events services.

Vbase Board Chair Tim Scandrett said:

Under Darren’s leadership Vbase has delivered more than 3,500 events and welcomed nearly three million guests.

With Darren at the helm, Vbase has hosted three world cup sporting events, and notched up some of the busiest weeks in the company’s history. Major concerts at the temporary AMI Stadium include the Foo Fighters and Bruce Springsteen.

He said that since Burden has been Chief Executive, Vbase has twice won the New Zealand venue industry’s Excellence in Customer Service Award. He added:

Darren’s accomplishments led to him being named by the venue industry as its 2016 Venue Executive of the Year.

We were very proud this year when he became the first New Zealander to be named Venue Professional of the Year at the 2018 Venue Management Association Awards, which is the body that represents venue industry professionals in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

Not many professionals in the industry would have been able to achieve what Darren has in a post-earthquake environment. The Vbase Board wish Darren the very best for the future.