Staff Bios


Shona Willis, Manager

Shona took up the Manager’s role, a part time position, in September 2016. With a degree in business management, she comes from a background of local government, customer service, Not for Profit Management and Education – all of which have set her up perfectly for this job.

Shona is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the House and leading the amazing Team that make sure the House, Bush and Grounds are in the best possible condition. Fundraising, marketing and promotions take up a fair bit of time. She manages the contract with The Quarters Café and the Christchurch Famers Market and large part of her role is managing finances and supporting, and reporting, to the Board.

Phone: 027-544-0462

Michael Steenson, Ranger

Mike has a Master of Science in Geography from the University of Canterbury, in which he developed a passion to champion community values, involvement, and local knowledge into conservation planning and management.

As the Ranger of Pūtaringamotu Riccarton Bush, he seeks to improve native biodiversity across Christchurch through education, community involvement and outreach, and networking with the various conservation entities.

Mike also takes guided tours through the bush.

Phone: 027-358-3841




Tracey Kitchingman, Visitor Experience Coordinator

Tracey is our Visitor Experience Coordinator and looks after all things front of house, bookings, our Guides, and social media.

With a degree in art History and sociology (University of Auckland), Tracey’s background in museum volunteer and people coordination means she is passionate about customer service and showcasing Riccarton House, its inhabitants and its many hidden gems.

Tracey is working towards creating a boutique shop inside Riccarton House that showcases local artisans and curated products to complete your visit.

Phone: 021-167-1032


Alan, Gardener

Alan, who is City and Guilds qualified,  joined the Riccarton Bush Trust in 2007 and has spent his time restoring the grounds and gardens back to its former glory, resembling an early Edwardian garden.

Before working at Riccarton House, Alan has worked at several large house and gardens in his native United Kingdom.

Alan’s favourite garden job is pruning the roses. He also takes ground and garden tours.