Bill has a background in environmental communications and marketing, including education. As a resident of Southshore he is aware of the importance of a healty estuary. His most vivid memory as a child was visiting the Estuary catching flounder. His long term dream is to see the return of the flounder and the water to be safe for swimming. Bill was elected to the Trust in 2011 and has served for 4 years as the Chair till 2016 and is a dedicated member of the Charlesworth Wetland Reserve maintenance team who meet almost weekly to plant, weed and mulch there. Bill believes that Christchurch needs the Trust to be well-resourced and strong so that it can challenge, innitiate and advocate to make sure the estuary is protected and remains as a great recreational, aesthetic and ecological asset for the city.
Evan has a BSc(hons) First Class in Zoology (Otago) and has had an interest in ecology and natural history all his life. He is also founder and co Chair of the Avon-Otakaro Network and contracted Programme Manager of Eastern Vision. Evans' focus is on the interface between science, education and the comunity.
Ass.Prof. Islay Marsden (Chair of the Trust since September 2016)
I am an aquatic ecophysiologist from the School of Biological Science, University of Canterbury. Most of my research has been on marine systems and I am interested in how species, populations and communities are affected by natural and anthropogenic stressors. I have been a member of the Trust for 10 years and my students have completed numerous research projects within the estuary and associated wetlands. I am passionate about the restoration of natural habitats and mahinga kai and interested in the scientific, ecological and cultural values of estuarine habitats.
Karen ( Secretary for the board) is currently a PhD student at the University of Canterbury researching the connections between urban form, social connectedness and community action following the Canterbury-Christchurch earthquakes. She worked as advisor for Environmant Canterbury with Ngai Tahu on the co-governance arrangements Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere and Christchurch City Council on the greater Christchurch Urban development Strategy. Before coming back to New Zealand she developed and managed whole of government projects such as the NSW Planning and coastal assessment and set up the NSW Health environmental health functions for the Sydney Olympic Games. She worked for the NSW Environment Protection Authority for eight years in freshwater and marine science and policy helping to develop ANZECC Water Quality Objectives and Australi'a Ocean and Ballast Water Policies. Karen has a masters degree in Marine Ecology and is keen to restore the ecological value of the estuary at the same time as raise community awareness of this unique place.
For over 20 years Kit has studied the molecular genetic basis of human disease. When not working, he is a keen advocate for the Ihutai estuary and enjoys swimming and sailing in its waters. Kit's interests on the board are aimed at preserving environmental conditions that sustain a healthy ecosystem and promoting good urban and landscape design where human interaction occurs. When not promoting these interests, Kit works as a Scientific Officer in the Molucular Pathology Group of Canterbury Health Laboratories, with special interests in arrayCGH and massively parallel sequencing analyses in diagnostics. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth has been involved with the Trust since 2002 when the Trust was formed. Ruth is a strong and active supporter of the collaborative model operation and of the evidence based approach to work.
Glenn Livingstone is a current City Councillor representing Burwood-Pegasus ward.
Jo was elected to the board in September 2015.
She is a registered nurse. Jo is the current commodore of the Christchurch Yachtclub.
Quote from Jo; " I have always been impressed by the commitment of this Trust to ensure the welfare of the estuary and its ecosystems" . Members of the CHCH Yacht Club have been enjoying the estuary recreationsally since 1891 and it is one of three clubs on the estuary. I would like to contribute to the board what I can from yachting and other recreational user groups perspective.
Ann's professional background info;
B.Sc. Botany and aquatic ecology - Post graduate Diploma, Environmental Science - Marine Biology Master of Applied Science, Environmental management Urban and Regional Planning, Mana Kaitiakitanga and Ramsar
Ann's statement of her involvement as a board member;" I always loved the Estuary, it is part of who I am. Interested in the ecology and environmental health of the estuary, it's catchments and building social capital with local communities.
Cynthia Roberts is a current Environment Canterbury councillor
Sian joined the Estuary Trust as a board member in September 2017.
Expererience and expertise she brings to the Trust include;
Working with environmental and conservation orgainisations as well as with local, regional and national goverment organisations.
Sian is a self employed education and strategy consultant.
Was the Youth Engagement Team Leader with Environment Canterbury for 8 years and education officer for 5 years before that position.
Her experience, skills and qualifications in community engagement especially with youth and young children will be most valuable to the Trust in achieving our education goals.
Tim joined the Trust as a board member in September 2017
Tim was the Chair for the Coastal Pathway group for 3 years and a Trust member for 2 years. life long water sports enthusiast enjoying kayaking and windsurfing and passionate about the environment.
Profesionally, Tims' background is as a scientist with the health, education and food Crown Research Institute Crop & Food/plant and food research.
Grown up in the West Coaster, Tim has a good understanding and appreciation for interacting with nature.
Tim is also a current Community Trust Board Member in the Linwood/Central/Heathcote community.
The Trust welcomes the exprerience, wisdom and expertice Tim brings to the Board.