ChristchurchNZ has an independent board, monitored by the Christchurch City Council’s Finance and Performance Committee.
Dr Therese Arseneau, Chairperson
Therese has wide-ranging governance experience in New Zealand and Canada. Therese has been the Chair of ChristchurchNZ Holdings Ltd since November 2016, is the Chair of Ara Institute of Canterbury, and a Director of J Ballantyne & Company Limited. She was previously the Chair of Regenerate Christchurch, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and is a past Director and Chair of the economic development agency Enterprise North Canterbury. Originally from Canada, Therese is an example of a global citizen who has chosen Christchurch as home and is committed to working with city leaders to ensure prosperity for future generations.
Therese is a political scientist and has extensive experience as a political and election night analyst for TVNZ and TV3 in New Zealand and for CBC TV and Radio in Canada. In 2011 she received the University of Canterbury Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and is currently a Senior Research Fellow in Political Science at UC.
She holds a Doctorate and Master’s Degree in Politics at Oxford University, UK which she attended as a Commonwealth Scholar.
Stephen has had a long association with the development and construction sector and is currently the Managing Director of Jennian Homes Tauranga & Western BoP. Stephen’s career has also included Business Consulting, where Stephen helped merge some of New Zealand’s largest financial institutions, and eight years in the America’s Cup as Director and CEO of the San Francisco America’s Cup Event Authority and prior to that as Chief Operating Officer of Oracle Racing.
Stephen has an extensive international and local network and farming interests in the SouthIand.
Paul Bingham is Chairman of digital marketing platform Shuttlerock, Chair of Black Cat Cruises and Chair of Entrada Travel Group. He has also served on the boards of Air New Zealand, Tourism NZ and Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism.
Paul's career has spanned digital and marketing roles in a range of companies. He led Black Cat Cruises for 15 years as Managing Director, and was based in Asia, the UK, and the USA before returning to live in his hometown of Christchurch. He is a trustee of the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust and the Christchurch Foundation.
Jen is a professional director with governance experience in a range of sectors and an extensive background in resource management law and urban development. She is currently the chair of Rangitata Diversion Race Management Ltd and a director of MHV Water, Nelmac and Orion NZ Limited. Previous governance roles include Regenerate Christchurch, Ngāi Tahu Seafood, Independent Chair of Ashton Wheelans and Chair of The Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust. Jen is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a barrister and solicitor of the High Court.
Jen is highly committed to Ōtautahi Christchurch and was recognised by the Women of Influence Awards and New Zealander of the Year Awards for her governance leadership following the Canterbury earthquakes.
Lauren is an experienced executive with a diverse range of domestic and international experience in the media and entertainment sectors. This includes 10 years with Fairfax Media before founding Storyation, a Sydney-based content marketing company recently acquired by News Corp. She has been responsible for developing digital content marketing strategies for leading brands in Australia and NZ such as Microsoft, Tourism NZ, IAG, Qantas and Telstra and has worked with a number of destination marketing agencies across Australia and New Zealand. She was recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year at the B&T Women in Australia Awards 2018 and as an Australian Financial Review “Fast 100” business.
Lauren has a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in the US. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and is currently an Independent Director of DPL Insurance and the Crusaders.
Christchurch-based Toby has a wide range of global property development and investment management experience and currently leads the global real estate strategy for the New Zealand Superfund. Toby has led and founded industrial infrastructure and property companies in Europe, Canada and Africa. Toby also has worked and explored across Antarctica.
Toby is currently a director of Retire Australia, one of the largest developers and operators of retirement villages in Australia. He brings his experience in urban development, dealing with central government and iwi as well as knowledge of the tourism sector. He is experienced in driving improved sustainability and impact outcomes through urban development. Toby is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors and a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.
Victoria was a practicing lawyer for 20+ years, before embarking on a career in executive leadership and politics.
Currently the Christchurch City Councillor for Papanui, Victoria’s previous executive roles include General Manager, Strategy and Influence for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Executive Director of the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Trust, and Executive Director of the post-earthquake Independent Hearings Panel tasked with delivering the Christchurch replacement District Plan.
Victoria has a range of governance experience including current roles in the education, family welfare, and sporting sectors. Previous roles include being a trustee of the YMCA and working extensively with Women’s Refuge, and Community Law Centres.
Victoria has lived in Christchurch for most of her working life and is proud to call Christchurch home. She is passionate about the future of our city, and the sustainable economic growth of the greater Christchurch region.
Councillor Jake McLellan is 31 years old and has served central Christchurch on the Community Board for the last six years and as the Councillor for Central since 2019.
Originally from Southland, Jake moved to Christchurch when he was 10 years old, and he has a Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications (Screen and Television Production).
Now in his second term on Council, Jake serves on Council's Audit and Risk Management committee as well as the Insurance, Chief Executive Performance and Youth committees. Jake is also a Trustee of the Ōtautahi Community House Trust.
Katherine Allen, Associate Director
Katherine’s career has spanned several different industries and operating structures with most of her career spent in Christchurch. Katherine has worked in a variety of roles in retail, tourism, and health. She is currently General Manager for Urology Associates, a large private medical practice.
Katherine spent two years serving on the board of Ronald McDonald House South Island as an intern director and has recently joined Trade Aid Christchurch as a trustee. Having studied at Lincoln University and lived in Christchurch for most of her working life Katherine is passionate about the city, its people, and its prosperity.