Board of Governors


Rt Rev Victoria Matthews BA (Hons), MDiv, ThM,  Bishop of Christchurch

Chairman and Sub-Warden

Jono Brent BCom, MEngSt, CA, FNZIM

An alumnus of College House (1996) and the University of Canterbury, Jono joined our board in 2013. He became Chairman on 1 January 2018.  Since 2011 he has been CEO of Connetics Limited, a multi-discipline electrical and utilities construction and maintenance business based in Christchurch. A member of the Springston School Board of Trustees (where his children attend), Jono is also an advisory board member of Men @ Work Ltd, a trustee of the Christchurch City Choir Foundation Trust, and a board member of the Canterbury Rugby Football Union.

Board Fellows

Richard Adamson BCom

College House (2004-05) alumnus, Richard joined the Board in 2017. After graduating from UC Richard has held Corporate and Commercial Banking roles throughout the South Island and is now an Associate Client Director for ASB. Having grown up in Invercargill, Richard had a passion to help ensure the growth and success of New Zealand’s regional based business communities. He was a founding committee member of the Dunedin Young Professionals and has been a  board member of Otago Southland Employers Association. Outside of work, Richard's spare time is spent with his wife and daughter, on biking in the Port Hills and travelling.

Natalie Baird BA, LLB (Hons), LLM (Columbia)

CH alumna (1990), Natalie Baird joined us in mid-2015. Currently, a senior lecturer specialising in international human rights and refugee law at UC’s School of Law, Natalie has always had a strong interest in the welfare of others. She has worked at the Cambodian Defenders’ Project in Phnom Penh, at the Crown Law Office in the Treaty Issues and International Law team, and in the Prime Minister’s Department. She is currently Chair of Trade Aid New Zealand.

Hugh Lindo LLB

Thirteen years' service on the Christ's College Old Boys' Association, together with three years as president has made Hugh very aware of the historical and close relationship between 'College' and the 'House'. Hugh has an LLB from UC and has practised commercial law since 1986. He is a partner at national law firm Simpson Grierson. He is a board member of Christ's College,  co-vice president of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and a former chair of The Court Theatre Foundation.

John Rolleston LLB

College House (1979) and UC alumnus, John Rolleston has been a CH board member since 2011. Admitted to the Bar in 1983, John practised law in New Zealand before heading to London and France where he was involved in shipping and commodity trading, returning to New Zealand in 1988. For the last 25 years John has been founding shareholder and director of Timaru-based biotechnology company, South Pacific Sera Ltd. John holds a number of other directorships including DC Turnbull & Co Ltd and Genesis Private Equity Ltd; and he's chairman of the Waihi School Trust Board.

Anna WilkesBSc, MSc (Hons)

With an impeccable CH pedigree (CH student in 1994 and a tutor in 1997-98, and her father was a student in 1962-64), Anna joined the board in 2005 and served as its Chairman from 2016 to the end of 2017. Anna is a UC graduate with an MSc (Hons) in biochemistry; she is currently studying part-time for a Masters in resource and environmental planning from Massey University. Anna manages environmental policy matters for Ravensdown. Her work involves representing the company's and shareholders' interests in regional planning processes throughout the country as well as providing in-house technical and planning advice.

Phillip Williams BE (Electrical)

Phillip has been associated with UC and CH for more than 40 years. He’s a CH alumnus (1970-71), his engineering degree is from UC and he's been a CH board member since 1989. A director of Ali's Home Healthcare, and also the Aspire Gym and the Gladstone Motel in Richmond, Phillip has also worked for the Post Office Engineer's Office, Honeywell, Wormald NZ/Grennell and Tait Communications.

Ashley Wilson BE (Hons) Civil, MIPENZ, CPEng, IntPE

Ashley, a CH alumnus (1996),  joined the board in 2015. After graduating from UC, Ashley spent four years working as a structural engineer at Holmes Consulting Group in Christchurch. In 2003 he moved on to Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers, a specialist consulting structural engineering firm, where he is now a technical director and partner in the firm. From 2011-14 he was on the board of the Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ) and is still active in this organisation. Although most of Ashley’s leisure time is taken up with family life (he has three young children), he still manages to take advantage of Canterbury’s great outdoors with mountain biking, snowboarding and walking on the Port Hills. 


College House Representatives

Alastair Drayton BCom, Grad Dip Tchg, Principal

Rex Dillon B Com, ACIS, Bursar

John Godfrey BA, MSc, CFRE, Development Director