The Styx Board Members

SLLT Board Members
Rex Williams (Chair)

Rex Williams (Chair)

Since "retirement", Rex has taken up many governance positions, including being the Chancellor of Canterbury University, Chair of the West Coast District Health Board, and an Ecan Commissioner, among other positions. Rex was a key founder in the Water Rights Trust, formed to address increasing concern about poor water management and deteriorating water quality in Canterbury. He is a keen recreational angler and enjoys a number of outdoor sports.

Antony Shadbolt (Deputy Chair)

Antony Shadbolt (Deputy Chair)

Antony has more than 30 years’ experience in environmental horticulture, landscape architecture, planning, and ecology & wildlife research. He is a key driver in the re-establishment of ChCh's native forest habitats and is a Trustee of Trees for Canterbury.

Marilyn Watson (Secretary & Treasurer)

Marilyn Watson (Secretary & Treasurer)

Marilyn has a background in administration, and a strong interest in Environmental and Ecological issues. A key focus is how to support enthusiastic volunteers who are very busy individuals, grouped together in areas of interests and expertise.  Her position requires her to understand the diversity of individual behaviour, listen to all, highlight concerns, and then find answers. It is a challenging role which can be like herding cats!

Helen Rouse

Helen Rouse

Dr Helen Rouse has a background in coastal geomorphology, her passion is working at the interface between science and policy, helping communicate environmental science - whether it be coastal, freshwater or marine - to inform resource and hazard management decision-making for the benefit of New Zealand’s environment and communities.

Hugh Thorpe

Hugh Thorpe

Originally a civil engineer, but later a groundwater scientist. I've always been interested in water and environmental issues. I have been with the StYX Living Laboratory Trust for many years and have gained a lot of knowledge of all the urban rivers by acting as a guide for local groups who also wish to better appreciate what wonderful assets they are.

Louise Wilson

Louise Wilson

Louise Wilson is a primary school teacher. She and her husband built in Northwood 16 years ago. She is a long-term member of the Northwood Residents Association and joined the SLLT in 2017. Part of the Styx river runs through Northwood and is a big reason why many residents enjoy the flora and fauna associated with the river. At present [2017] she is liaising with the Board and schools to encourage students to become water monitoring volunteers. She volunteers  monthly at  bird monitoring sessions.

Mike Willis

Mike Willis

Mike cultivates conservation and cultural preservation through educational ecotourism; designing and building facilities that encourage meaningful interactions between the public and the wildlife & domestic stock that Willowbank breeds, raises and nurtures. His goal of becoming a major community conservation asset & attraction was such a success that in 2015, he received the Insignia of a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to wildlife conservation.

Nick Moody

Nick Moody

Nick works with communities & schools to help prevent pollution; monitor & restore local rivers. Teaching students about water quality, flows and aquatic life, gives them an appreciation of the importance of clean water in our communities and for our groundwater. He has also been a DOC Ranger, and a freshwater technician with EOS Ecology Ltd.

Perry Royal

Perry Royal

Perry is a Lecturer in Design Theory Architecture and Indigenous Vernacular Architecture.

Trustees have appointed a Board of Management made up of representatives from partner organisations and various sectors of the community.

Board of Management members are appointed for a three year term and give of their time and expertise on a voluntary basis.

Their role is one of management implementing initiatives that aim to fulfil the Trust's purpose.