Board of Governors

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Tim Bell
BSc (Hons), Ph.D
Board Chair

Tim Bell is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury. His main area of research is in Computer Science Education, and he was awarded the SIGSCE award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education in 2017 at the largest computing education conference in the world!


Although teaching computer science is his job, Tim also describes it as his passion. He loves to give students a vision for what they really want to do. Tim has always enjoyed working with young people and was an RA at Bishop Julius from 1985 to 1987. He joined the Board in 2005 to continue to be part of creating a home away from home for university students.


Outside of academia, Tim is an active musician, playing keyboard in bands, but also holding an A.T.C.L. in Pipe Organ performance.

Kimberley Washington B.Com (Hons), CA
Deputy Board Chair

Kimberley joined the Board in 2017, having been a resident at Bishop Julius Hall in 2008. She completed a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours at the University of Canterbury in 2011.


She is a Chartered Accountant and is currently working with Sicon as a Management Accountant.


In her spare time, Kimberley loves to give back to her community and she has been involved with GirlGuiding for some time. She has been the Unit Team Leader at Russley Guides since 2010, a role which is focused on teaching leadership skills, embracing the outdoors, STEAM activities, camping and more.


In her limited spare time, you might find Kimberley walking the dog or making the most of the Port Hills tracks.

Yalini Sundralingam BSc (Hons), MSc

Yalini joined the Board in April 2016 after a long association with the Hall. Her journey began when she arrived in Christchurch in 1988, after completing Honours in Computer Science at the University of Adelaide. Yalini had a positive stay at the hall, describing the community as warm and caring.


She stayed at the Hall whilst studying a Masters in Computer Science at UC and then went on to become an RA for the duration of her studies.


​Yalini is passionate about education and working with young people and is now working as a coordinating Senior Tutor at the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at University of Canterbury. She continues to give back to the Hall community with her voluntary position on the Board. In her spare time she enjoys film, food and wine.

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Tim Lonsdale

Tim has been a freelance business consultant since 2015 mostly in the New Zealand agri-sector. Tim’s passion lies in lifting New Zealand’s agricultural products out of commodity markets and into high-value branded goods and services through innovation and marketing. 


Tim also has interests in commercial property with a number of associated directorships. Tim studied at Lincoln University completing a Bachelor of Commercial Management in Economics and Marketing. He has worked in a range of industries including tourism, textiles and applied research through to Chief Executive level.


In his spare time, Tim likes to mountain bike, ski and fly-fish and keep fit in the pool.

Peter Roborgh
M.Sc (Hons)

A graduate of Canterbury University and a former Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Peter has governance experience in education and a number of commercial businesses including an ASX listed company he started.


His career history spans senior management and company leadership positions in several different markets, typically for growth businesses launching new propositions or facing significant market change.


Each of his adult children had their first university year in a hall of residence (as he did) and he recognises the meaningful benefits a supportive and enjoyable environment can have at this life stage.


Peter is a strong supporter of maintaining interests beyond academic ones.  He particularly enjoys outdoor pursuits and is a keen mountain biker.

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Phil Ryan

Phil is an experienced commercial manager with 25+ years experience in general and regional management roles encompassing Supply Chain, Logistics, Sales, Wholesale, Retail and Hospitality management in commercial, not-for-profit and co-operative organisations.


Phil was the first Chief Executive of the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) from 2000 to 2007 and has since held senior Sales and Supply Chain roles with Coca-Cola Amatil (in both New Zealand and Papua New Guinea), as National Commercial Manager for Farmlands Fuel, and more recently Citycare Property as Commercial Operations Manager including national responsibly for Fleet and Supply Chain.


Both his adult children are recent post-graduates of the University of Canterbury and their experiences and his time as Chief Executive of UCSA have led to a life-long interest in the importance of well-rounded experiences as young people transition through this crucial life stage.


Other interests include travel and keeping active including golf and four half marathons to date.

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Anne Hindson
BA, MCom, Mgmt


Anne is a graduate of Canterbury and Lincoln Universities. She is currently working as a freelance contractor in business development and project management.


Anne has previously held several CEO and Project leadership roles in the tourism, major event, sport and agribusiness sectors. She brings education, management and governance experience in the not-for-profit and private sectors, and a strong knowledge of and passion for young people and their development, having lectured at Lincoln University and Ara Institute of Technology, and more recently as CEO of an agribusiness leadership organisation.


She has experience of halls of residence through her two adult children and through utilising the halls for short courses during university holidays. In her spare time, Anne enjoys both road and mountain biking and touring, plays competitive tennis and enjoys time in the outdoors, or with a good book, dependent on the weather.

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Ven. Nick Mountfort 

Nick’s first degree was in Political Science, at Canterbury from 1982-1984. During this time he lived at College House and met his wife-to-be at Arcady (at the time it was Bishop Julius Hall).  He had a number of jobs before working for the Anglican Church for the last 28 years. Among many positions he has twice been a University Chaplain. Currently he is Vicar of Upper Riccarton Yaldhurst, which includes St Peters Church at Church Corner. As an Archdeacon he helps the Bishop have pastoral oversight of eight neighbouring parishes.  He and his wife have 2 adult daughters. His motivation for being on the board is to help make Uni as much a life enhancing time for others as it was for him.