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Rex Williams (Chair)

Rex Williams (Chair)

In October 2018 Rex joined the Trustees and was  elected to the role of  Chair - he previously chaired the Board of Management. 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.

John Knox (Deputy Chair)

John Knox (Deputy Chair)

John says, "My involvement with the Styx River was as a response from returning to Christchurch after living for many years in national parks in Australia. Noticing how Christchurch was rapidly pushing out into the country with urban growth, I thought it would be a good thing to be involved with conserving the Styx River in its natural state. It's not over yet, there is still plenty to do and to know that future generations, wildlife and the river will benefit from what is being accomplished."

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.

Emma Norrish

Emma Norrish

During my first term as a Community Board Member I learned so much about the Styx River and what is being done to conserve and restore it - things that I would not have known otherwise. I want to help share this knowledge about what the Styx has to offer, and how people can get involved. I am excited to have this opportunity as a trustee to be a part of the work that is going on, and to enhance the Styx for my children and future generations.

Hugh Thorpe

Hugh Thorpe

Originally a civil engineer, but later a groundwater scientist. Hugh has always been interested in water and environmental issues. Hugh has been with SLLT for many years and has 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.

Simon Rutherford

Simon Rutherford

Arapata Reuben

Arapata Reuben

Richard Ballantyne

Richard Ballantyne