Trustees

Trustees are selected for the breadth of their perspectives and the depth of their knowledge of the Peninsula and have worked cohesively to develop the Trust’s objectives, its founding deed, and its statements of intent. The Trustees work on a voluntary basis and are appointed by the Christchurch City Council for terms of three years. The Trustees are assisted in their work by a full time Trust Manager.

New Trustees get down to work.

From left to right: Paul McNoe, Simon Mortlock (Chair), Richard Suggate, Maureen McCloy and Bryan Storey

Simon Mortlock

Chair

Simon Mortlock is a founding partner of Christchurch-based law firm Mortlock McCormack Law and brings to the Board his skills and experience in business start-up and strategy, contracts, governance, joint ventures, property development, local government and trusts.  Simon also serves as a trustee and director on several other trusts involved with youth development and environmental protection. Simon Mortlock lives in Governor’s Bay on Banks Peninsula and has a deep love of the Peninsula and a strong interest in recreational walking and the coastline.

Bob Webster

Trustee

Bob Webster brings extensive experience of negotiating with landowners to the Trust, gained in his role as a high country pastoral lease tenure review consultant with OPUS International.  He and his wife Carol Jensen have bought land on Banks Peninsula with the specific purpose of promoting the protection and restoration of native vegetation, and have regular first hand experience of conservation protection and covenant formation as well as experience with public access along the adjacent  Summit Walkway. Bob is also a keen tramper and runner and sees Banks Peninsula playing an increasingly important role as a place of public recreation for the local area and the people of Christchurch, as rising concerns about greenhouse gases and increasing fuel costs lead people to look locally for recreation and holidays.

Andrew Turner

Trustee

Andrew Turner was reelected as the Christchurch City Councilor for Banks Peninsula in November 2016 and is the Deputy Mayor. A Lyttelton resident and business owner, he describes himself as passionate about outdoor activities, including walking and camping, and has a deep love for the peninsula.  He has previously served the community  as Chair of the Lyttelton Harbour Business Association, a Board member of Project Lyttelton and as a member of the Lyttelton/Mt. Herbert Community Board.  He remains a trustee of the Lyttelton Information Centre.

Dr Cynthia Roberts

Trustee

Cynthia Roberts brings to The Trust a background in ecology (as science advisor and plant ecologist for the Department of Conservation), teaching (primary and tertiary), management (as HOD, CPIT) and ten years experience in business and ecotourism running multi-day trips such as tramping and kayaking (Bushwise Women).  Cynthia is passionate about conservation, education and the outdoors. She loves both learning and sharing her knowledge.

Cynthia currently works as an independent ecologist (nzecologist.com) enabling her to give time to RDBP Trust matters. Her qualifications include: B.A.(UC); Dip.Teaching; M. Appl Sci (Lincoln) and PhD in Ecology (UTAS). Research interests include seabird-island forest dynamics (Chatham Islands), animal-plant interactions, ecosystem dynamics, ephemeral wetlands and turf communities, weed ecology and forest restoration. Cynthia is a new Ecan counselor.

Chrissie Williams

Trustee

Chrissie Williams works at Environment Canterbury. She is programme leader for the Natural Environment Recovery Programme and involved in other earthquake recovery work. From 1995 -2011 Chrissie was a Christchurch City Councillor and a member of the Burwood Pegasus Community Board. On leaving the city council she worked for a year at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu as an adviser, focusing on housing and land issues after the Canterbury earthquakes. Although being brought up in Gore Chrissie spent childhood holidays on Banks Peninsula and now enjoys the outdoor recreation opportunities the Peninsula offers – walking, orienteering and sea kayaking.

Bryan Storey

Trustee

Bryan has just retired from being Director of Gateway Antarctica, the Centre for Antarctic Studies and Research at the University of Canterbury, and Professor of Antarctic Studies.  He has been involved in Antarctic research since 1974 when he worked for the British Antarctic Survey prior to bringing his family to New Zealand in 2000.  His Antarctic research has engendered a strong interest in climate change, biodiversity and conservation issues.  He is passionate about the Banks Peninsula where his family has a Bach at Post Levy for the past 15 years.

Richard Suggate

Trustee

Richard has recently retired after 27 years work for Department of Conservation, including as Manager of the North Canterbury area (including Banks Peninsula) and most recently as a National Business Development Manager, forging relationships with corporate partners such as Fonterra.

Maureen McCloy

Trustee

Maureen is the Corporate Services Manager of YHA New Zealand and serves its Board as National Secretary. YHA New Zealand began with a network of hostels on Banks Peninsula and shares with the Trust goals to get more young people active in the outdoors.

Paul McNoe

Trustee

Paul is Chief Executive of Red Bus, and and has a good understanding of tourism on Banks Peninsula as Red Bus runs the Akaroa Shuttle. Paul can be found in Akaroa at weekends enjoying his holiday home.

Suky Thompson

Trust Manager

Suky Thompson has been involved with projects to protect the heritage and environment of the Peninsula during her 20 years as a resident of Robinsons Bay near Akaroa. She operates a small business conducting heritage tours in Akaroa and a consultancy specialising in Peninsula projects. She obtained a Postgraduate diploma with distinction in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from  Lincoln University in 2013 and has recently joined its LEaP Research Centre as a Research Fellow.