Seismics and the City 2016 contributors.  See below for bios on all contributors.

Hon. Nicky Wagner
Assoc. Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Lianne Dalziel
Mayor of

André Lovatt
Chair, Regenerate Christchurch

Dr Laurie Johnson
Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, USA

Peter Townsend
Chief Executive,

Dr William Rolleston
Federated Farmers NZ

Ross Butler
Chair, Otakaro Limited

Kay Giles
Chief Executive,
CPIT Aoraki

Hugh Cowan
GM of Reinsurance,
Research & Education, EQC

Justin Kean
Director, Research & Consulting,

Leanne Curtis
Breakthrough Services

Amanda Cropp
Christchurch Business Bureau Chief,
Fairfax Media


Grant Wilkinson
Managing Director,
Ruakoko Solutions

Prof. Chris Kissling
Fellow of The Chartered Institute
of Logistics and Transport

Haydn Read
Programme Director, Smart Cities &
Shared Metadata Standards, LINZ

Antony Gough
Managing Director,
Hereford Holdings Ltd

Bruce Griffiths 
Owner, Operator,
Cook’n’ with Gas Bistro

Evan Smith
Programme Director, Eastern Vision

Samson Samasoni

Leanne Crozier
Decipher Group Ltd

Toni Gutschlag
GM, Mental Health Services,

Prof. David Johnston
Senior Scientist

Brendon Burns
Brendon Burns & Associates

Maan Alkaisi
Principal Investigator
MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

Lyall Lukey


HON. NICKY WAGNER – Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery

Hon Nicky Wagner is the Member of Parliament for Christchurch Central and Associate Minister for Earthquake Recovery. She was first elected to Parliament in 2005 and was appointed a Minister of the Crown in 2014. Ms Wagner currently holds the portfolios of Customs and Disability Issues with additional responsibilities as Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and Associate Minister of Conservation. Ms Wagner previously chaired the National Party’s Bluegreens caucus – the party’s advisory group on environmental issues – and was a member of the Select Committee established to investigate Climate Change and develop an Emissions Trading Scheme for New Zealand.

Following the Canterbury earthquakes she was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and subsequently spoke about the experiences of Christchurch at a United Nations forum on disaster response and recovery.

Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, her background was in business and as a councillor of the Canterbury Regional Council. She has an MBA in marketing and was a foundation partner in a company that promoted New Zealand designers. In 1998 she established an internet and e-commerce business specializing in on-line marketing. Ms Wagner also worked as a professional non-executive director in the retail, manufacturing, and distribution sectors, sat on the Board of the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce and acted as its representative on the Board of Business New Zealand.

Ms Wagner has always been involved in the local community and continues to work extensively with business enterprises, education organisations, environmental groups, and local government.

LIANNE DALZIEL – Mayor of Christchurch

Lianne Dalziel was born and raised in Christchurch beginning her education at Waimairi Primary and completing her studies with a law degree at the University of Canterbury. She was admitted to the bar in 1984.

From there her career rapidly advanced, initially in trade unions, where she was one of the few young female voices. She stood as a Labour MP for the Christchurch Central seat in 1990 and for the last 23 years, until October 2013 she worked in central government holding a variety of portfolios, including Immigration, Senior Citizens, ACC, Disability Issues, Women’s Affairs and Small Business.

Prior to the 2011 election Lianne was the Minister of Commerce, the Minister for Food Safety and an Associate Minister of Justice. These diverse responsibilities helped her develop the knowledge and expertise to work with and understand the needs of a range of sectors.

As the MP for Christchurch East from 1999 – 2013 she had no greater challenge than supporting the eastern suburbs after the Christchurch earthquakes.

After being elected as Mayor in October 2013, Lianne is committed to creating “One City Together” – a unified, talented City Council working with and listening to our community to create a resilient, sustainable city based on the strengths of our people.

DR LAURIE JOHNSON – Project Scientist, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, UC Berkeley, USA

Dr  Johnson is an urban planner specializing in disaster recovery and catastrophe risk management. She has been active in research and consulting on recovery planning and management following many of the world’s major urban disasters of the past 25 years, including the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence.

She was a lead author of the recovery plan for the City of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and coauthored Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans and Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation both published by the American Planning Association. Dr  Johnson is also a visiting project scientist at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) at the University of California-Berkeley, chairs the U.S. National Advisory Committee for Earthquake Hazards Reduction, and is on the board of directors of SPUR –the San Francisco Bay Area’s civic and good governance organization.

She is a long-standing member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. She holds a Doctor of Informatics degree from Kyoto University, Japan and a Master of Urban Planning and Bachelor of Science in Geophysics, both from Texas A&M University and is Principal at Laurie Johnson Consulting & Research San Rafael, California.

ANDRÉ LOVATT – Incoming Chair, Regenerate Christchurch and CEO, Arts Centre

André Lovatt is the Chief Executive of the Arts Centre, New Zealand’s largest collection of heritage buildings now undergoing a seven year, $290m post earthquake restoration. 2016 sees the Arts Centre restoration reaching the halfway point with over half the site due to be re-activated.

André is also the Chair Designate of Regenerate Christchurch and a Director of the Christchurch International Airport Limited.

André has a background in consulting engineering and the delivery of large building projects. Prior to returning to Christchurch in 2012, he led the Singapore operation of international design firm Arup for six years. This work included involvement with projects in Singapore, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.

André has engineering degrees from the University of Canterbury and a Masters of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.

In 2015, André was awarded a Blake Leader award by the Sir Peter Blake Trust.

HUGH COWAN – General Manager of Reinsurance, Research & Education, EQC

Dr Hugh Cowan leads EQC’s research function and since 2005, has overseen the EQC reinsurance programme.

His contributions to the Canterbury Recovery Programme have included the facilitation of engineering advice to Government for guidance on repairs to housing and the appointment of a project management office to coordinate repairs to more than 70,000 homes.

Hugh is a Fellow of the NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering and has led post-earthquake investigation missions to Colombia in 1999, Thailand in 2005 and Chile in 2010.

Hugh holds an MSc (First Class Hons) in Engineering Geology and a PhD from the University of Canterbury.

KAY GILES – Chief Executive, CPIT Aoraki

Kay Giles was appointed Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology’s (CPIT) Chief Executive in August 2010 and has successfully steered the South Island’s largest vocational education provider through many challenges since then.

CPIT has two main campuses and four campus connect branches offering computing education to the local communities. CPIT attracts more than 24,000 learners from its shores and across the globe into programmes from foundation studies to degree level across a wide range of disciplines. CPIT also undertakes significant research, technology transfer, and community outreach activities.

Kay has a passion for vocational education and training and the role it plays in contributing to economic, industry, community and individual development.

Prior to joining CPIT, Kay was Institute Director at SkillsTech Australia, the trades and technician institute in the Brisbane metropolitan area. Also in Australia, she has held management and directorship positions at the Department of Employment and Training; the Open Learning Institute; the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE and Wide Bay/Sunshine Coast Region TAFE; Training and Employment Queensland (TAFETEQ).

Kay is a member of the Canterbury Tertiary Alliance (involving University of Canterbury, Lincoln University and CPIT), Te Tapuae o Rēhua, Youth Futures Canterbury, Christchurch Health Precinct Steering Group, NZQA ITP Advisory Committee, Engineering Education to Employment Steering Group, Chair of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Working Group and a member of VETNZ. She has also been involved in a number of committees and working groups associated with the Christchurch rebuild following the 2010/2011 earthquakes.

Kay holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a Master of Social Planning and Development from the University of Queensland.

ROSS BUTLER – Chairman Designate, Otakaro Limited

Ross is a Director of Ōtākaro Limited the new Crown company established to deliver key anchor projects and precincts in Christchurch  Christchurch born and educated, Ross Butler is a professional director, with a range of governance roles on commercial, Crown entity, sporting, and community boards and trusts. After spending most of his executive and governance career in financial service and insurance entities in Australia, Ross is now based in Nelson.

Ross is currently chairman of Southern Response, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Mercer Investments Australia Pty Ltd and Mercer New Zealand, Rangitane Holdings Limited and Rangitane Investments Limited, and a Member of the Code Committee (Financial Advisers Act). He has previously been deputy chair, and chair of audit and risk committee, of GNS Science.

DR WILLIAM ROLLESTON – President, Federated Farmers New Zealand and Vice President, World Farmers Organisation.

Dr William Rolleston is the President of Federated Farmers New Zealand and Vice President of World Farmers Organisation. In partnership with his brother, William operates two businesses from their 30,000 stock unit property, Blue Cliffs Station – a traditional sheep and beef breeding operation and a biotechnology business, which farms animals for their blood and manufactures specialised proteins and sheep vaccines. These products are sold in NZ and around the world.

William has held positions relating to agriculture, science and economic development including: sheep based Covita, deer based VARNZ (Chairman); South Canterbury’s economic development agency (ADBT), the Animal Biosecurity Consultative Committee and the research funding agency FoRST.

He was the founding chairman of both Biotenz (now NZBio) and the Life Sciences Network (FFNZ was a founding member) for which he was awarded Distinguished Biotechnologist of the Year in 2009. He chaired the Ministry of Science and Innovation’s Board and is currently a member of their Science Board.

PETER TOWNSEND – Chief Executive, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce

Peter Townsend is the Chief Executive of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and has held that position since 1996. The Employers’ Chamber, as the largest business support agency in the South Island, concentrates on assisting members to improve their enterprises; ensuring members can operate in a business friendly environment; and encouraging new levels of business activity.

Peter holds several corporate directorships including being a Board member of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Callaghan Grants Committee. He is also a Board member of Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd and the Air Force Museum Trust. He is involved with a range of community groups and initiatives in this region that are in harmony with the objectives of the Employers’ Chamber. Since 4 September 2010, and especially since 22 February 2011, Peter has been actively involved in earthquake recovery issues.

In September 2013 Peter Townsend received the Individual Leadership Award at the AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards.

Peter is the Honorary Consul for Chile for the South Island, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Management. Peter has a BSc (Hons) and a post Graduate Diploma in Business. In December 2013 Peter was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

In February 2016 he was appointed as a Director of Otakaro Limited, formerly CrownCo, which will oversee the delivery of Christchurch’s anchor projects such as the convention centre and Metro sports facility.

JUSTIN KEAN – Director of Research and Consulting, JLL New Zealand

Justin is Director of Research and Consulting at JLL New Zealand. He is responsible for running the national research program for JLL as well as providing input into the wider JLL Asia Pacific platform and is also responsible for delivering strategic consulting solutions to the firm’s clients.

Justin has been in the property industry for 18 years. Most recently he worked as a global portfolio and fund manager for Aberdeen Asset Management in Amsterdam. Prior to this he worked with ING Real Estate managing the portfolio requirements of ING’s global client base which amounted to over EUR 1.6 billion in AUM. Justin began his career with CBRE and Jones Lang LaSalle in New Zealand and also worked with Jones Lang LaSalle in a research and consulting capacity in Shanghai and Singapore.

Relevant Experience and Projects

Justin has managed and developed national and international research programs in New Zealand, China and Singapore. Justin also advises key firm clients on strategic solutions on their long term property decisions. This has involved the interrogation and interaction with a wide range of market participants both internally to the organization and formal survey and data collection processes. Justin is highly attuned to the processes required to extract information, key themes and data from market participants in relation to a wide range of market drivers.

Justin also runs a regular program of client engagement in the property industry which involves presenting to, meeting with and engaging with property owners across the industry. This audience includes banks, institutional investors, private developers and government institutions.

LEANNE CURTIS – Spokesperson, Breakthrough Services

Leanne  was the Spokesperson of the grassroots earthquake recovery group, Canterbury Communities’ Earthquake Recovery Network (CanCERN) from it’s inception in 2010 through to the wind up late last year. CanCERN evolved to work pro-actively with residential recovery agencies to ensure the voice and experiences of affected residents were considered in all aspects of decision-making.

Leanne is still working in earthquake recovery with her CanCERN colleagues and their new facilitation company, Breakthrough Services.

GRANT WILKINSON – Managing Director, Ruamoko Solutions

Grant Wilkinson BE (1st Class Hons) (Civil), FIPENZ (Structural, Civil), CPEng

Grant is the Managing Director of Ruamoko Solutions, a consulting structural engineering firm, established in 2006. He was formerly a director at Holmes Consulting Group, where he was the project director/structural engineer for various large public building projects such as the Christchurch Art Gallery and the Christchurch Women’s Hospital. Grant is a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

His passion is developing solutions for his clients, and often this includes the design of advanced seismic protection systems where Grant has been at the forefront of pioneering seismic design.

While at Holmes, several of his projects won industry awards, including the coveted New Zealand Engineering Award, Category A, Building, for the Christchurch Women’s Hospital Building.

Grant has been involved as project director on several major base-isolated projects including Parliament Buildings, Christchurch Women’s Hospital, Wynn Williams House and the recent retrofit of the Christchurch Art Galler

PROF. CHRIS KISSLING – Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

Christopher Kissling is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and a Fellow of The Royal Aeronautical Society. He is a past Chairman of The Chartered Institute of Transport in New Zealand, and a recipient in 2003 of CILT NZ’s Norman Spencer Memorial Award for Services to the Institute and Transport.

He has held academic positions at the University of Canterbury NZ, University of British Columbia, Australian National University, and Lincoln University NZ.  Professor Kissling is an experienced supervisor of research undertaken for Masters and Doctoral degrees, and continues to be in demand internationally as an external examiner of theses and dissertations aligned with his expertise.

Dr Kissling was the Foundation Professor of Transport Studies, at Lincoln University in New Zealand. He guided the introduction of several degree programs in the fields of Resource Studies and Transport Studies writing many of the courses for those programs. He was made an Emeritus Professor by Lincoln University in 2010 and remains active as an Adjunct Professor for Tai Poutini Polytechnic.

In 2007 Professor Kissling co-authored, with Communications Professor (Emeritus) John Tiffin (Victoria University Wellington), the book titled Transport Communications: Understanding Global Networks Enabling Transport Services. Kogan Page, which opened a new field of study. A framework, (NETS), derived from that book’s title for analyzing supply chains is used to help make sense of 40 years of change in Air Transport Services in the South Pacific published as chapter 3 in Air Transport in the Asia Pacific, David Duval, (ed), Ashgate 2014. At least three recent Doctoral dissertations have included NETS analysis in their research.

In local community service, Prof Kissling is Deputy Chairman of the Christchurch Civic Trust, and a contributor of Opinion Editorials on transport matters for the Christchurch PRESS newspaper. He is a passionate campaigner for preserving heritage assets such as Christchurch’s iconic Hagley Park  and he takes a keen interest in the rebuild of Christchurch after the 2010-2012 earthquakes.

AMANDA CROPP – Christchurch Business Bureau Chief, Fairfax Media

Amanda has more than 30 years experience as a journalist and is currently the Christchurch business bureau chief for Fairfax Media writing for the Stuff website and The Press. A former news director for NewstalkZB and Radio New Zealand, she freelanced for a wide range of national and international newspapers and magazines before a stint as a senior communications advisor for the Christchurch City Council. As a Churchill Fellow Amanda studied journalistic ethics and investigative reporting in the United States where she also took part in a Fulbright vocational exchange at the St Petersburg Times. She is the author of two books: Shaken not Stirred: Family survival in a quake zone and Digging Deeper: A New Zealand guide to investigative reporting.

HAYDN READ – Programme Director, Smart Cities and Shared Metadata Standards, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).

Haydn has nearly 20 years international experience in manufacturing and operations management, predominantly as a senior executive in the steel industry. He returned to New Zealand in 2007 to manage assets and operations as Director of Works & Services and more recently in Wellington City Council as the strategic asset management planning and investment forecasting functions across its $6.5 billion portfolio. He current acts as an infrastructure specialist advising both central and local government’s long-term investment strategies, including a  Programme Director for LINZ and MBIE for Smart Cities and Asset Metadata initiatives currently in train.

Haydn has a Master’s of Science from Auckland University, an MBA in International Business and Finance, and is currently working on a PhD at Victoria University School of Government. The working title of his thesis is “Decision-making in Local Government – what influences decisions in large capital investments?”

ANTONY GOUGH – Managing Director, Hereford Holdings Ltd

Antony Gough, Managing Director of Hereford Holdings Ltd, is best known in Christchurch for creating “The Strip”, a parade of bars and restaurants along Oxford Terrace that became a popular social precinct and tourist destination along the Avon River.

Antony is a member of the Gough family, which has played a prominent role in the business life of Christchurch. He is a shareholder in the Gough Group, which imports heavy equipment and services for mining, forestry transport and power sectors. It is best known for being the sole New Zealand Caterpillar heavy machinery dealer for more than 80 years.

Antony graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree, with honours, in nuclear physics.   He is now, after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, a vocal and enthusiastic supporter of the city’s rebuild.
As chairman of the Central City Business Association, Antony was instrumental in establishing the
Re:Start container mall in Cashel Street.

In August 2013, Antony’s $140 million re-development project centred on his former Oxford Terrace precinct began. The Terrace project, the CBD’s first major rebuild project, will transform the iconic site bounded by Oxford Terrace, Cashel Mall and Hereford Street into a dynamic hub of retailers, hospitality providers, office space, residential apartments, a boutique hotel and car-parking. Laneways, courtyards and roofed terraces will connect the buildings and central courtyard with the different elements of the development, providing generous public spaces within the development.

The Terrace will combine the best of global urban design with the unique features of Christchurch to deliver a village development that will be a landmark in the city for the next 100 years.

EVAN SMITH – Programme Manager, Eastern Vision

As Co-Chair of AvON and an ex-red zone resident, Evan has been advocating to turn the Ōtākaro/Avon River red zone into a city-to-sea ecological reserve and multipurpose river park.  He is also Programme Manager for Eastern Vision, a group of influential leaders promoting a collaborative, community-led, well planned and integrated recovery for the eastern flatland suburbs.  He has been responsible for planning, implementing and analysing Eastern Vision’s community engagement on the eastern recovery using the on-line EVO::SPACE platform.

After completing a BSc (Hons) in Zoology in New Zealand he ventured overseas returning to Christchurch in 1993.  He has held senior management and analyst roles in social housing, disability and health support services, and tertiary education.  Following the September 2010 earthquake he convened the Riverside Community Group and then became one of the founding members of Canterbury Community Earthquake Recovery Network (CanCERN) and the Wider Earthquake Community Action Network (WeCan).  He was a founding member of One Voice Te Reo Kotahi and is a trustee of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust.


Samson heads SenateSHJ’s Christchurch office, bringing more than 30 years’ journalism and strategic communications experience to advise organisations in Canterbury seeking higher level counsel.

Before joining SenateSHJ, Samson provided communications advice to corporations and government agencies throughout New Zealand, the Pacific and the Middle East. Most recently, he managed communications for the Insurance Council, including stakeholder and media relations management in Canterbury. He also developed the Council’s financial literacy strategy and public education programme.

Samson spent 10 years in the Middle East as a management consultant based in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. He was also Managing Director of UK PR firm Bell Pottinger’s Qatar office, working across the region in a variety of sectors including government, energy, financial services, education, ICT and research. Prior to that, he worked on regional environmental communications, change communication initiatives and issues concerning Pasifika communities both in the Pacific and New Zealand, and has worked as a parliamentary private secretary.

TOPIC:  What Reputation Does Christchurch Want to Grow?
As a PR professional with 30 years experience here and abroad, I have strong views on how Christchurch needs to promote itself nationally and internationally.  The earthquakes have now defined Christchurch but we’ve got to move from the reputation of the “City that Shakes” (despite the recent 5.7!) to the City that rocks!”  In other words to a forward-looking, vibrant and smart city.


BRUCE GRIFFITHS – Cook‘n’ With Gas & The Astro Lounge

” It doesn’t matter how hard you get hit, as long as you can keep moving forward.” Rocky Belboa 

Bruce Griffiths is the owner, operator of Cook’n’ with gas Bistro, Christchurch which opened in 1999 and in 2012 he started The Astro Lounge.  He has worked at the Hyatt Kingsgate Queenstown, Sydney Opera House, Hyatt Kingsgate and Chelsea Hotels, London. He was the Executive Chef at the Clarendon Restaurant Christchurch and was New Zealand Chef of the year in 1994. During 1994/1995 Bruce held the position of New Zealand Beef and Lamb ambassador and between 1994-98 he was Executive Chef  at the Sign of the Takahe Christchurch.

Essentially Bruce’s view is that many small businesses have survived the earthquakes – his was the first restaurant to open in the central city after the quake – the private sector has done its bit and now they need to understand and be part of the greater plan for moving forward.  For example, central city businesses have not been regularly engaged or consulted about the MasterPlan for the city.  It’s difficult for small businesses to plan their own futures, if they don’t know the context/future in which they’ll be operating.

TOPIC:  We took the first hit, and didn’t see it coming.  Fighting our way back, but always on the back foot.  5 years on…punch drunk and wary, not about to hang up the gloves yet, still stupid enough to wanna keep fighting….

LEANNE CROZIER – Director, Decipher Group Ltd

Leanne is Director Operations and Delivery with Decipher Group Ltd.  She has extensive recruitment experience in leading the delivery of management, executive and governance selection processes and substantial business change planning and implementation experience.

She has LLB (Hons) from Canterbury University and practiced law for eight years. She has been with Decipher Group since April 2008.

TOPIC:  Deciphering employment trends in post-quakes Canterbury and tapping top talent in the pursuit of innovation.
“Senior well-paid executives from around the globe are putting up their hands for senior management roles in Christchurch, with some even taking significant pay cuts to be a part of the rebuild”.

Leanne Crozier will highlight employment opportunities that have emerged as a result of the rebuild, and also uncover trends that will endure over the long term.

She will draw on her company’s research which highlights the success of the manufacturing and rural sectors in attracting highly skilled executives to the market. Relevant statistics will be sourced from the New Zealand Manufacturers Association (NZMEA), the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment and social media recruitment platforms, such as LinkedIn to ensure a fresh and engaging perspective.

Other key areas she will cover include:
•How to attract top talent (local/global) in the landscape of the Christchurch Rebuild
•Strategies for employers to retain top talent
•Analysis of global recruiting trends and forecast for New Zealand
•Immigration and impact on employment trends
•Impact of social media platforms on recruitment

View: Career Market- Buoyant Manufacturing PDF

BRENDON BURNS – Brendon Burns & Associates

Brendon Burns was MP for Christchurch Central 2008-11 and is recognised as having worked ceaselessly for constituents after the earthquakes. He also initiated the group which became CanCERN and the IConIC group which led the fight for heritage preservation.

Brendon returned to Marlborough in 2012 and rebuilt his communications consultancy. This has included helping connect regions into the rebuild and work for an insurance advocate.

PROF. DAVID JOHNSTON – Senior Scientist, GNS

Professor David Johnston is a Principal Scientist at GNS Science  and Director of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research in the School of Psychology at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. His research has developed as part of multi-disciplinary theoretical and applied research program, involving the collaboration of physical and social scientists from several organisations and countries.  His research focuses on human responses to volcano, tsunami, earthquake and weather warnings, crisis decision-making and the role of public education and participation in building community resilience and recovery.

David was the Chair of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Scientific Committee (IRDR) (2013-2015), a program co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISCC), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster reduction (UNISDR); is the Editor of The Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies; and founding Editor of the Journal of Applied Volcanology.

TONI GUTSCHLAG- General Manager, Mental Heath Services, CDHB

Toni has led Specialist Mental Health Services as General Manager for the past 2 years; she has held a number of senior and clinical roles since joining the Canterbury District Health Board in 1994. Toni has established strong relationships across health, community and social sectors, locally and nationally.

She has effectively led Specialist Mental Health Services and the wider mental health sector during a period of unprecedented increased demand as a consequence of post-earthquake issues.

DR MAAN ALKAISI – Principal Investigator, MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

Dr. Alkaisi lost his wife at the CTV building on Feb 22 2011. His wife was a medical doctor working at the Clinic at the time the earthquake happened.

Since then Alkaisi chaired the quake families group and represented the families at various occasions. He campaigned for better engineering standards, safer buildings and accountability. He contributed to the Leading in Recovery: A Companion Through the Chaos, published by the Red Cross in 2015.

Alkaisi is a principal investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. He is founding member of the MacDiarmid Institute one of New Zealand’s research of excellence centres.

He holds a full Professor position at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch.

He has published over 120 refereed scientific articles and holds two patents, has given a number of invited and plenary talks at national and international conferences.

LYALL LUKEY – Convener

Lyall Lukey, SmartNet Co-ordinator and event organiser and Convener of the annual Education Leaders Forums, is the Managing Director of Lukey Resources, founded 1987 and the originator and director of SmartNet workshops, founded 1997

Lyall has a unique background spanning the academic and business worlds. His MA Honors thesis was entitled Industrial Conflict in New Zealand.  He is a former secondary school teacher and Visiting Teaching Fellow at the University of Canterbury.

Since 1984 Lukey Resources has worked with client organisations throughout New Zealand in the public and private sectors to enhance their intangible assets – especially what their people know and do – through knowledge sharing and skills development programmes. The company also designs multimedia and online learning resources and business coaching programmes to fill knowledge and performance gaps.

The SmartNet initiative, which he started in 1997, helps foster cross-sector collaboration and knowledge sharing via high energy business events and high level networking opportunities. SmartNet has an extensive database of New Zealand public and private sector organisations and local, national and international  speakers, facilitators and consultants.

Lyall is a former National President and a Life Member of the Service Club Round Table New Zealand. He is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Christchurch Sunrise and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was on the Board of Cholmondeley Children’s Home from 1987 to 2007 and was President from 2001 to 2005. He was made a Life Member of the Home in 2007. He is a foundation member of the Board of Trustees of the Cholmondeley Children’s Foundation.