Regenerate Christchurch Appointment Announcements

Posted 10 Oct 2016 by Regenerate Popular

Regenerate Christchurch is pleased to announce that we have appointed three of the five members of the Regenerate Christchurch Executive Leadership Team.


General Manager, Residential Red Zone – Rob Kerr

Rob has an engineering background and brings a wealth of technical and leadership experience to Regenerate Christchurch. Rob became involved in earthquake work immediately post the 2010 quake as Infrastructure Recovery manager for Waimakariri District Council and has remained close to the recovery and rebuild ever since through a number of leadership positions, most recently as Development Director for Otakaro Limited. Key projects that Rob has lead include the Te Papa Otakaro/Avon River Precinct, Margaret Mahy Family Playground and the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. Rob brings a strong community engagement focus to all of his projects through an inclusive and consultative approach.


General Manager, Regeneration Planning - James Lunday

Hailing from Scotland, James is an Urban Designer/Planner with 35 years’ experience on major transformation projects in Glasgow, Melbourne and the United Kingdom. As well as extensive national and international experience, James also has a long involvement in Christchurch. This first major engagement in Canterbury was Lead Urban designer driving the Plan change for Pegasus Town at Woodend from 1994 to 1996. Since then he has continued to have a presence in Christchurch and Canterbury working on significant plan changes, urban design projects and buildings. James has been member of Manukau and Auckland Urban Design Panels, an Urban Design adviser to NZTA. He appears as an expert witness in Environmental Court and is regarded as a leader in the Urban Design profession.


General Manager, Partnerships and Engagement – Chris Mene

Chris is an engagement specialist who has played a significant role in post-earthquake crisis response, recovery and transformation facilitation with communities around greater Christchurch.

One of only two New Zealand based accredited trainers and a hands on practitioner of International Association of Public Participation. Chris also contributes to Christchurch via his extensive involvement in the health, education, local government, social service and philanthropic sectors. Chris will play a key part in ensuring that Regenerate Christchurch engages communities in a meaningful and respectful manner to ensure they are able to participate and be involved in decision making processes that affect them.


The organisation currently has an interim team of 15 and through recruitment will employ a core team of 25 staff for the next five years.


The appointments of Rob, Chris and James to these important roles reflect the focus Regenerate Christchurch has placed on the significance of regeneration for the community’s social, economic, cultural and environmental wellbeing and this is evident on the broad range of skills they bring to our organisation.


These leaders will drive the organisation over the next five years, partner with communities on planning and engagement and help deliver regeneration outcomes for our communities.


Rob, James and Chris will commence in November. Recruitment for the remaining positions of Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Corporate services are still in progress and we will announce these appointments in due course. 


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