LIVS Board Members

Irene Boles, LIVS Chair

Irene Boles moved to New Zealand in December 2010 after getting her Masters Degree in Architecture at the Technical University of Milan.  She came to Christchurch two weeks before the February Earthquake, and since then she has been involved in a number of community focused activities related to the recovery and activation of the city she now considers her home.  Her involvement has been with diverse projects including the Sumner Masterplan, FESTA, Christchurch the Transitional City Pt IV (co-editor) and TEDx Christchurch.   Irene is currently tutoring the BAS and NAT dip programmes at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and works as a consultant for Anselmi Attiani Architects (winners of the Breathe Competition).  

Tim Lester

Tim Lester is a solicitor at Buddle Findlay and initially provided pro-bono legal support to LIVS. This led him to becoming a trustee in 2014. He spent a number of years in the UK and returned to Christchurch in 2012 and found a very different city to what he left. He is drawn to LIVS by the energy of its personnel and supporters and is excited to watch Christchurch transition into a new city. Outside of work and LIVS he enjoys spending time with his young family, playing sport and getting in some triathlon training.

Bridget Beck, LIVS Treasurer

Bridget Beck initially joined LIVS as the inaugural Treasurer and has since been appointed as a Trustee.  She is an Associate at Kendons and has prior experience working in local government and for a large Invercargill CA firm during which time she completed her B.Com and obtained her CA. Bridget has a variety of responsibilities at Kendons and is also involved in the management of the accounting team.  She has worked for not-for-profit organisations in both a professional and personal capacity, including Plunket at an Area Treasurer level.  Outside of work Bridget plays the Cello for the Canterbury Philharmonia Orchestra and enjoys the outdoors, in particular tramping, and also attends many sporting events that her husband and two teenage boys participate in.

Gaby Montejo

Gaby Montejo is an interdisciplinary artist with a sometimes performative style who uses human relations as a catalyst and works with politics as medium; making for an event that is not always predicted or defined.  With often some aspect of food displayed at the centre of Gaby’s practice, he shows internationally and has had national exhibitions as well as a number of local initiatives, collaborations, and social interventions.

Sylvia Smyth

Sylvia Smyth has over 10 years experience working with communities. She has a Masters of International Public Health and a background largely focused on international development in Asia. She came home to Christchurch after the earthquakes and is eager to contribute to the recovery. Sylvia currently works as the Coordinator for Renew Brighton and sits on various boards and projects.


Henry Sunderland

Henry Sunderland, an art and design teacher at CPIT, is a creative lateral thinker and gnomologist with a predilection for the ironic and kitsch. His works, projects and ideas have helped to inspire a good number of young and old since 1976. By using wit, acerbic social conscience and developed communication skills, he makes a serious point by fun and unusual means. He has been successful in influencing community leaders and engaging national and international media as a means to encourage thought and debate on issues such as community public creativity, ‘concepts’ of good and bad taste, and areas of much needed environmental awareness.

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