Our People

Public meetings are held a number of times a year to update members and hear feedback. These meetings are notified on facebook and via email to signed up members. All supporters welcome.

Tim Lindley (Chair)

Tim has lived on Mt Pleasant for
around 25 years and loves the way
we can so easily get out and enjoy
our stunning natural environment of
hills, estuary and seaside. Tim is a
science consultant and managing
director of Aspire for Life Ltd an online
food, health and fitness company.
Tim is a keen sea kayaker and sees
the Christchurch Coastal Pathway
as an essential city asset, which will
encourage people of all abilities to
enjoy the good life Christchurch has to
offer even more.

Maria Simmonds (Secretary)

Maria has lived in Sumner for 21
years and works part-time as an
itinerant teacher of mainstreamed
special needs students. Maria loves
living in a seaside village with all the
opportunities it offers, from Boogie
boarding to biking, birdwatching and
beach combing. She wants a coastal
pathway for everyone to share
whether on foot, bike, wheelchair or

Janine Banbury

I live in Sumner where I enjoy walking
the beach and surrounding areas.
As a regular visitor to New Plymouth
I have observed how the NP walkway
has become a fundamental element
in the lifestyle of both locals
and visitors. Its success drives
my passion to create the Christchurch
Coastal Pathway. I am excited to see
initial infrastructure for the
Coastal Pathway is now a reality
along the causeway, associated with
the three laning project, through
Redcliffs, and look forward to the
Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group
achieving the goal of the 6.5 kilometre
iconic asset for both locals and
visitors to Christchurch to enjoy.
I am a director and co-owner of
three small businesses, and foundation
member of the Christchurch Coastal
Pathway group.

Liz Studholme

Liz Studholme has lived in Sumner
for 12 years. Weekends are spent
on The Esplanade and beach or up
in the surrounding hills. Liz believes
the pathway will make a significant
difference to people’s lives, whether it
is for safe transport or an accessible
place to get outdoors and enjoy the
coastline and everything it has to
offer. Liz has worked in Advertising
and Marketing and enjoyed working
on some of NZ’s well-known brands.
She has also worked in fundraising
for The Christchurch City Mission and
Pillars Inc.

Graham Colley

Graham lives in Redcliffs and is
passionate about the ‘riviera ‘ of
Christchurch and believes the people
of our city deserve a world class
coastal pathway so that all ages can
fully appreciate, interact and enjoy this
asset, and show it off with pride to our
visitors. Graham has a background in
Management /Sales and Marketing and
has been involved with school boards,
Lions International, Save the Children
Fund and am currently as a trustee of a
charitable fund directed towards medical
needs. Graham is excited to be involved
with the pathway which will showcase
our cities interaction with the coastline
and the Port Hills, inject vitality, vibe
and growth into the local communities,
and provide a ‘must do ‘ attraction for
residents and our visitors

Alisdair Hutchison

Alisdair has been interested in the Estuary and its shoreline since the 1970’s when he wrote a Masters thesis about it. In 1972 he joined the Christchurch Estuary Association – of which he is a life member. For many years he was a Board member of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust where he led its programme for improving public access to the foreshore. He is a former chair of the Sumner Residents Association. He has campaigned over many years for improvements to the Sumner Foreshore. Alisdair has been retired since 2010 following a government career in environmental management.
Alisdair was elected to the Coastal Pathway Committee in June 2013.

Bryan Inch

Bryan and his wife Jacqui have recently
rebuilt their house on Richmond Hill and
are enjoying being back in the Sumner
area. Bryan is a General Manager with
the fertilizer co-operative Ravensdown
and a Company Director. Prior to his
current role, he has spent over 20 years
in senior management in the banking
industry both in New Zealand and
Internationally, mostly with Rabobank,
and also 3 years as Chief Executive of
CBS Canterbury Building Society. Bryan
is currently a Director of McCashin’s
Brewery, 26000 Ltd, Duncan Forestry Ltd
and Partners Finance Advisory Board.
Bryan was attracted to the vision created
by the Pathway Group and is enjoying
working with the community to develop
an outstanding outdoor area and facility
for all to enjoy.

Linda Rutland
(Inaugural Chair)

Linda has lived in Mt Pleasant for the
past 20 years. Being a hill dweller
living close to the edge of the Avon
Heathcote Estuary, Linda has always
wanted better and safer accessibility
to the coastline, enabling people to
freely enjoy this stunning coastal
location. Linda has a background
in advocacy, local government and

Mike Sleigh

Mike has lived in Sumner for 16
years. He and his wife enjoy walking their
dog on the Esplanade and the beaches and
catching up with people thereHe is a
keen fisherman and uses the Sumner
slipway for launching. While his sons
are keen surfers and use Scarborough
beach year round.In his professional life he
has significant experience in major
infrastructure development, planning
and environmental law and tourism
businesses. He is a former founding
trustee of the Otamahua / Quail Island
Ecological Restoration Trust and a former
trustee of the Christchurch International
Arts Festival.

Angela Woodward
(Ngai Tahu, Ngati

Angela grew up in Christchurch,
regularly visiting Sumner in the
weekends and, after a 12-year stint in
the United Kingdom, she is pleased
to finally call Sumner home. Angela
has visited many such pathways on
her work travels around the world and
feels its about time we had a world
class pathway to welcome visitors
from all over Christchurch and the
world to enjoy our beautiful natural
environment and learn about our
local history. Angela has qualifications
in Law, Political Science and tertiary
teaching. She works in project
management and fundraising in the
non-profit sector and is an Adjunct
Senior Fellow in the Law School at
Canterbury University

Claudia Reid

Claudia Reid has had a decade of local
government experience mostly as the
Christchurch City Council’s sole Banks
Peninsula councillor. Until recently
she was a director of Christchurch and
Canterbury Tourism. She is a trustee
of the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula
Trust, currently realizing a bold vision
of environmental restoration and
low impact recreational and tourism
opportunities on the Peninsula. As a
city councillor, and early champion of
the coastal pathway project, Claudia
immediately recognized its potential
to create a world-class route, which
will be used in many different ways to
the benefit of both communities and
businesses in the area. She wants to
continue contributing as a team member
and make the vision a reality.

Dawn Dart

Dawn is a registered nurse specialising
in resuscitation equipment. She and
her family have lived in Beachville
road for the last 13 years. Dawn wants
to ensure the pathway becomes an
integral part of the community and can
be used by local residents and visitors
very soon. Dawn is a Beachville
resident and a keen supporter of the
pathway. She aims to bring information
and local resident input to a wonderful
project. Dawn looks forward to the day
we can walk, cycle, run and scooter
along a pathway from Ferrymead to
Scarborough, a place where everyone
can enjoy, young and old, able and

Scott Babington

My wife and I moved to St Andrews Hill in 2005, just prior to the birth of the first of our two children. I work as an oncologist at Christchurch Hospital, and I have recently taken on a role in the development of the hospital Information Service’s systems. Through this role I travel throughout the South Island region and sit on regional and national committees. I am also a member of the Canterbury Clinical network. I enjoy cycling, tramping, and skiing when I get an opportunity. We have been actively involved in various community and school activities, including a brief role as secretary on the inaugural coastal pathway committee.
I am very excited about the opportunity to help develop the Christchurch Coastal Pathway for the enjoyment of our community, Christchurch residents and visitors to the region. It is exciting to think that we will soon have an uninterrupted pathway from Ferrymead Bridge to Scarborough for us to walk, run, bike or whatever else along. It will be amazing!


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