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The Staff Team

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Professor Sonia Mazey

Sonia Mazey is an adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the University of Canterbury (UC) and former Pro-Vice Chancellor, UC business and Law (2012–20). She is a Board Director of the Asia Pacific Student Accommodation Association (APSAA) and former Chair of the Universities New Zealand Vice Chancellors' Sub-Committee for University Student Pastoral Care (CUSPaC).

Sonia held senior academic and management positions at Brunel, Cambridge and Oxford Universities in the UK before moving to Christchurch New Zealand in 2008. At UC, she was a Lecturer, Academic Manager and Dean prior to appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor.


Her research interests include European and European Union politics and public policy and she has published extensively in these fields.  More recent publications on New Zealand's public policy include Sonia Mazey and Jeremy Richardson (eds), Policy-making under Pressure: Rethinking the Policy process in Aotearoa New Zealand (Canterbury University Press 2021).

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Bruce White
Assistant Principal

A chartered accountant and company director, Bruce has held senior management positions in both the public and private sectors.  Over the last 14 years, he has worked in tertiary education at the Universities of Canterbury and Waikato.  


At UC, was Manager of the College of Engineering (2008-2011) and Deputy Registrar

(2011-2019) before moving to Global Manager for Benchmarking and Reputation at Waikato University.


Outside of work, Bruce can generally be found working on the lifestyle block that he and his wife, Debra have called home for the last 20 years.

Ollie van der Pol
Operations Manager

Ollie has a background in property, having spent several years managing shopping centres in central Christchurch, including the Re:START Container Mall and The Crossing.

She studied at Lincoln University, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (Valuation and Property Management). 


Ollie commenced at Arcady early 2020 and oversees the facilities, buildings, health and safety and summer conferencing. She’s the go-to person if anything needs fixing or isn’t up to standard – and she’ll get it sorted!


Any spare time is spent outdoors – running, adventure racing and mountain biking in Queenstown with her Bearded Collie.
Interestingly, Ollie has had a couple of boxing fights – a great stress relief.

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Olivia Hundleby
Community and Development Manager 

Olivia has a background working in communications and marketing with the last 2 years spent in pastoral care. She studied at the University of Canterbury (UC) graduating with a Bachelor of Communication (with a Political Communication major). She has lived overseas in the UAE and Canada before returning to NZ in 2019.


Olivia first started working at the hall in 2021. Her role is to facilitate Arcady events, oversee the RA team and ensure students are getting their pastoral care needs met. She is passionate about supporting others when she can.


Outside of the Hall, Olivia spends a lot of time volunteering but can also be found hanging out with her friends and family, reading a book or binge watching a show.  

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Eddye Davidson
Communications and Office Coordinator

Eddye has a background in banking and administration and operated her own equestrian facility while in the US.  She completed an Associate Degree in Accounting from the University of KY.


Eddye came to NZ in 2016 as a tour guide in AUS & NZ and enjoyed seeing many of the beautiful sites around these countries. She became the Communications and Office Coordinator at Arcady in 2023. She enjoys assisting the residents and welcoming visitors to Arcady.


Outside of work, Eddye coaches horseback riding lessons and is a NZ Dressage Judge. She also likes to spend time outdoors and enjoys gardening.

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Scott Townsend
Head Chef

Scott has worked in some of the UK’s top kitchens and restaurants including Michelin regime restaurants and hotels. Scott has taken on several high-profile roles in Christchurch kitchens including; Sous Chef at The George Luxury Hotel and Head Chef at The Carlton in 2015.

Scott leads the kitchen team at Arcady Hall to produce hearty and nutritional food with a simplistic and fresh approach. He believes that dining is a social and happy time that brings people together and should be an experience, no matter the occasion.

Scott is originally from the UK and moved to New Zealand 9 years ago. In his spare time you can find him at the gym or outdoors hiking and fishing.

Margaret Gainsford
Head House Mum

Margaret heads up the household staff who clean, scrub and wash in the four residential buildings and keep their “eyes and ears” out for any issues relating to students, maintenance and guests.


Margaret has worked at Arcady Hall for over 20 years and helps promote the home away from home ethos we have at Arcady.


In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family. She also hosts international students in her own home.

House Mum Team:

Dionne Kilkenny

Sonya Holland

Nadeeka Wijesundara

Linda Cheung

Kanchana Attapatu

Emily Williamson

Karl Krauze

Karl is our caretaker, handyman, gardener and "general fixit man” who is responsible for keeping the services running and the grounds looking beautiful. He ensures all repairs and maintenance are carried out in conjunction with Ollie our Operations Manager.

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Samantha Cording
Community and Development Manager - On Leave

Sam has a background in pastoral care and event management, having spent many years working in the University Accommodation sector. Sam studied at University of Canterbury (UC) graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Anthropology).

Sam is passionate about supporting the Arcady Residents through their first year of study. She began working at Arcady halfway through 2022. She facilitates the Arcady Events with the help of the RA team. Part of her role is to meet with students and support their pastoral care needs.

In Sam's spare time she plays Volleyball and ultimate frisbee. 


Kitchen Staff

Head Chef

Scott Townsend

Sous Chef

Yashaswin Kekre

Senior Chef

Ryan Moon

Kitchen Assistant

Hillary Harris

Weekday Kitchen Assistant

Liza Mae Ilustre


Kitchen Hands

Guy Greening

Matthew Axtell

Jess Pope

Daniel Cheong

Grace Padfield

Aidan McAra

Hayley Kawelenga

Stella Leong

Alex Taylor

Aiden Davies 

Imogen Barnes

Emmalee Abbott

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