Yee Yang 'Square' Lee
- Member for
- 10 years 3 months
Square is passionate about creating opportunities for arts practitioners and balancing creative expression and commercial sense to deliver quality arts enterprises. He has a special interest in governance in the not-for-profit sector, having completed his Masters with a thesis investigating the state and standard of governance in the New Zealand arts sector.
Square is a creative entrepreneur with qualifications in Law, Arts Management, Theatre/Film and as a Chartered Secretary. He had his first taste of working in the creative sector in 1999 in his hometown of Kuala Lumpur and has since then gained experience at various levels with a diverse range of for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, in Malaysia, Wales and New Zealand.
Square now freelances as an arts manager, producer, director, designer, trustee, web consultant/developer, board secretary and consultant for a diverse range of arts, not-for-profit and commercial clients through his arts, tech and governance consultancy WhySquare Limited.
Square is also involved with a range of local arts organisations, including being Founding Trustee & General Manager of The Oryza Foundation for Asian Performing Arts, Trustee of the Asia New Zealand Film Foundation Trust and Associate Producer for Short+Sweet New Zealand.
Square’s previous roles include: Acting General Manager for The New Zealand Dance Company, New Zealand Company Secretary for a Top-25 ASX-listed Trans-Tasman banking, insurance and financial services group and Company Secretary/Trust Secretary for Sir James Wallace’s agribusiness Wallace Corporation Ltd and philanthropic arts organisation, The James Wallace Arts Trust. In those roles, he gained wide-ranging technical, governance and commercial skills, working closely with diverse boards of directors, trustees and senior management in New Zealand and Australia.
Yee Yang 'Square' Lee is here to answer your questions on business structures, or even governance-related matters. "Feel free to fire them through and I'll do my best to help!"
This exercise will help you identify the practical implications and considerations when growing from a sole trader into a partnership or forming a company.
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If you work for yourself in the creative sector, chances are that you are your business, and your business has been built around what you have to offer. But are you set up for the future?