Our Trustees

Mike Button

Chair

Mike has a wealth of local and international experience in banking and finance. As co-owner of RoverMG Consulting he supports businesses with advice on financial issues, problem solving and guiding people to make positive business choices. Mike’s commitment to the Christchurch community is evident in his trusteeship of the Rotary Club of Cashmere and his role as a Justice of the Peace.

Kay Carston

Secretary

Kay has experience in communications and engagement, and has worked in both Christchurch and London. Prior to working as a communications advisor for two central government agencies involved with earthquake recovery and regeneration, Kay was a public affairs manager for Christchurch City Council. In her role at the City Council she facilitated the completion of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Trust Deed document. One of Kay’s early childhood memories is spending time at the Gardens.

Ashley Trewin

Treasurer

Ashley is from Southland with an automotive engineering background. He moved into the Chartered Accountancy field in the 1990’s and specialises in medium-sized businesses ranging from agriculture to industry. He has recently been focusing on the building trades in Christchurch. Ashley is Accounting Director at E3 Business Accountants, where he wants you to feel important and wanted. His motto is simple: "I want you to recognise your future and understand your past."

Lyn Holland

Lyn has served the Canterbury community in a number of local and national roles. She has been recognized with a Q.S.M for her dedication to, among others, the Girl Guides, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Christchurch Schools Chamber Music competition, Christchurch Art Gallery and Second Chance Education for Women. Lyn is a Justice of the Peace and was previously senior lecturer in mathematics and statistics at Lincoln University.

Brent Murdoch

Brent owned and operated a printing business from 1983 until 2016. He has also been involved in the Rubber Stamps manufacturing industry and the hairdressing industry, as well as property management and hospitality. Brent received a Paul Harris Fellowship award from the Rotary Club of Christchurch South for his services to their Healthy Heroes Programme. Now semi-retired, Brent enjoys a more agriculturally-based lifestyle. His knowledge of the graphic design, printing and signwriting industries brings a hands-on approach to the needs of the Trust.

John Clemens

John is qualified and experienced in plant biology, horticulture and landscape architecture. He was a staff member at the University of Sydney and Massey University where he was Director of the Nursery Research Centre. He was until recently Curator of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens where he was responsible for guiding the development of plant collections and helping visitors appreciate and understand the plant world.

Alan Morgan

Past President, Friends of the Botanic Gardens

Alan started his working life as an apprentice in the Botanic Gardens and later became a founding partner in Morgan and Pollard Ltd Landscapers, and Readylawn Industries, turf producers and contractors. Now semi-retired, he has returned to the Gardens currently as the President of the Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and is its representative on the Trust board. Alan is a past president of the Landscape Industries Association of NZ and is a long-term Rotarian.