Register 2020


Hugh Lindo’s first year as Chair of the Board of Governors has been both challenging and rewarding, as he described in his prize-giving speech, published in this issue of Register . During the disruption created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the guidance provided by the Board of Governors was invaluable. Their attention is not limited to the short term, however, and their strategic vision for College, the wellbeing of its students and engagement with our greater community, was resolute. In spite of the difficulties, a feature of 2020 has been a focus on health and wellbeing, the maintenance of academic standards, and planning for the future. The end of 2020 marked the conclusion of a four-year strategy for College. A new plan has been set for the next phase, through to our 175th anniversary celebrations in 2025. Our next steps will occur through projects that consider motivation, philanthropy as a disposition, our connectedness through quality communication and commitment to others, and sustainability as a unique and thriving institution. Financially, College has undertaken a review of its Foundation Assets and prudently addressed the weighting of property investments away from a concentration of Christchurch-centred commercial property in favour of a more diverse sector and geographic spread via professionally managed funds.

One of the most exciting moments occurred in July, when the Board approved the construction of a new multi- purpose sports and wellbeing facility on Upper – known as Upper West – with physical works to commence during 2021. This will enhance the campus and is a much- needed facility for a growing roll. In July, the Board of Governors was pleased to welcome Old Boy Tim Kerr as the new CCOBA Board representative, filling the vacancy created by the departure of Peter Davie. Tim has a broad strategic and commercial background founded on a commerce degree from the University of Canterbury and has pursued a career in marketing and organisational strategy. He brings more than 10 years’ board experience in non-government organisations, social services and sport sectors, and is currently Marketing Manager at Ara Institute of Canterbury. Following Tim’s appointment, the Board again comprises nine Governors. Board Chair Hugh Lindo is ably assisted in his official role by Deputy Chair Jeremy Johnson and Chair of the Finance, Investment and Audit Committee Catherine McMillan.


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