In 2010 Jimmy Chen was elected as a Christchurch City Councillor, and was re-elected in 2013 and in 2016. He is currently Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board member, Trustee of Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum Trust Board, Trustee of Riccarton Bush Trust Board, Trustee of Hei Hei-Broomfield Community Development Trust Board, Trustee of the Church in Christchurch Trust Board, and a senior Christchurch City Councillor in his third term. He is currently Chair of the Council’s Multicultural Subcommittee as well as Chair of the Council’s International Relations Working Group.
Jimmy Chen is a strong advocate for the people in the south-west suburbs of the city as well as an advocate for the multi-ethnic and multicultural communities. As a City Councillor, he led the Multicultural Working Party to develop the Multicultural Strategy, and the final version of this strategy has been adopted by the Council in February 2017. This strategy is a commitment by the Council to provide a framework and a set of goals and actions to ensure every person in Christchurch feels a sense of belonging, and also give every person in Christchurch an equal opportunity to access the Council’s services and information, as well as participating in the decision-making process. As new Chair of the Multicultural Subcommittee, he is taking the lead to oversee the implementation of the Multicultural Strategy.
He has been appointed as a Trustee of Riccarton Bush Trust Board since November 2010, representing the Christchurch City Council.