The Styx Board Members

SLLT Board Members
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.

Bethany Baker (Secretary/Project Delivery)

Bethany Baker (Secretary/Project Delivery)

Bethany is a graduate of the University of Canterbury with a Bachelors of Science in Geography endorsed with Environmental Science. She is currently working towards a Master’s in Natural Resources Management and Ecological Engineering at Lincoln University/BOKU University.

Bethany is passionate about conservation and her background is in the youth engagement/environmental education space. Bethany is a member of the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board, President of the Eco Clubs Network at the University of Canterbury, a member of the Ōpāwaho Strategic Leadership Group and is very excited to get more involved in the Styx. 

Dale Hedgcock

Dale Hedgcock

Dale is General Manager at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, which is an MOU partner of the Styx Living Laboratory Trust.

Dale moved to New Zealand in 2006 from South Africa. He studied mechanical engineering, but changed careers to work and focus on the family business. In his spare time Dale enjoys watching the kids' sports and running.

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.

Julia Rambacher (Chair)

Julia Rambacher (Chair)

 Having moved to New Zealand from Germany, Julia greatly enjoys being involved with a local river care group. As a water quality volunteer coordinator she organizes monthly monitoring events with the community, a great opportunity for herself and everyone else to get their hands wet, learn, and appreciate the beautiful Styx river. With her passion for conservation and the environment, she hopes to utilize her Master of Science degree in environmental sciences to help care for the river and give back to the community.

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.

Rick Robinson

Rick Robinson

Rick is a retired chartered accountant having worked in both local and central government.  I retired as an accountant specialising in tax as an investigator for Inland Revenue.  I have worked for local government in the public works area (drainage and roading) and since retirement I have involved myself in the activities of the North Canterbury Branch of NZ Forest and Bird trapping predators and working with ECAN on the bank of the Waimakariri River.

Stacey Bryan

Stacey Bryan

Stacey is an ecologist at Canterbury University, currently researching how to increase biodiversity in an agricultural landscape. She is also working towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism with an aim to bridge the gap between science and the rest of the world. She has a MSc in Wildlife Management and has worked in a range of conservation settings, from rehabilitating beavers in Canada to eradicating redback spiders in Central Otago.

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.