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Ensuring that Christchurch, New Zealand becomes a smart, world-class contemporary city requires the best public and private thinking, experience and expertise.

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Nic Coward

Nic Coward
Chair (UK)

Nic is chairman, director and adviser in a wide range of organisations and sectors, building on 20 years in senior executive roles at some of world sport’s biggest names, such as the Premier League, Wembley and British Horseracing. Nic still works in sports, chairing national governing bodies England Golf and UK Athletics as well as a committee of the England and Wales Cricket Board, and consulting to sports across the globe, with a focus now on India and the major growth sport, the Pro Kabaddi League. He is an NED of Dunedin based business, Oritain, one of the world’s leading origin and supply chain authentication businesses, and chairs rugby sports tech business Sportable, and manufacturing businesses in the UK, as well the 100 years old UK-based retail motor trade and property businesses in the English West Midlands. He started working life as a solicitor at Freshfields in London.

Sam Martin

Sam Martin
Board Member (UK)

Sam is a kiwi who was educated in Ōtautahi Christchurch, both for high school and university. He describes his time in the city as his “formative” years. Sam is co-owner of the distinguished landscape architectural practice Exterior Architecture who work across the UK and Europe working on the design of large-scale urban developments, town centre renewal and master planning. The company employs several kiwis. Sam lives in London with his wife and two of his children. His eldest son has recently moved to Christchurch to finish his final years of high school.

Karen Pflug

Karen Pflug
Board Member (UK)

Karen moved from northern England to New Zealand to begin her working life. While in Ōtautahi Christchurch both her and her husband became kiwi citizens. Her career has primarily been in innovation and design, working for some of the biggest brands on the planet around the world. She recently returned to the UK to take on the role of CEO of Ikano Insight, a global data insight and business intelligence agency that is owned by the founders of IKEA. Karen lives in the Surrey Hills with her husband and two children. They look forward to bringing the kids to Christchurch in the near future.

Humphry Rolleston

Humphry Rolleston
Chair (NZ), Board (UK)

Humphry is a Christchurch based businessman. His family company Asset Management Ltd owns businesses involved in the Security, Hydraulics, Tourism, Manufacturing and disruptive technology sectors. He is a fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors and the NZ Institute of Management.