Trust Board

Bob Shearing QSM

Bob ShearingBob has been a Trust Board Member 2004. He is currently a Christchurch City Council Appointee.

In February 2017 Bob was elected Chairman of the Riccarton House and Bush Trust upon the retirement of the long-serving Charles Deans.

For many years Bob has had a keen interest in issues affecting the residents of the Riccarton Wigram area. He is currently a Trustee for a range of other local organisations including the Air Force Museum and the Christchurch (Riccarton) Racecourse. Bob also chairs several community-based organisations including the Enrich Community Chaplaincy Trust, working with the intellectually disabled in our community, and the Hornby Community Care Trust which offers rooms and support for a range of other local organisations.

Bob is a Director of R A Shearing Contractors Ltd, a local earthmoving and paving company.

Mike Mora

Mike MoraMike Mora is a Christchurch City Council appointee to the Trust since 1999, and was reappointed in October 2019 for a 3 year term.

Robert (Bob) Lineham – B.Com, FCA, CFInstD

Bob LinehamBob has a background as a senior local government manager and CEO of Christchurch City Holdings Limited for a career spanning 46 years. He is a graduate from Canterbury University, a fellow of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Bob Lineham was CEO of Christchurch City Holdings Limited until his retirement in June 2016. He had held this position since the company was established in 1993. In this role he has gained considerable experience in developing the company’s policies and advising on issues of corporate governance and directors responsibilities.

In 1985 he became the City Treasurer of Christchurch City Council where he held a number of senior management positions including Director of Finance for 18 years.

Bob was appointed to the Trust as a Christchurch City Council representative in May 2016  and re-appointed in 2019 for a further 3-year term.

He is an active participant in the affairs of his church and in his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, maintaining the garden on his lifestyle block at Lincoln.

Tim Deans

Tim DeansTim joined the Riccarton House Trust Board in May 2013 and was re-elected in 2018 for a further 5-year term. He is enjoying helping represent the family on the Board. He has found it fascinating to be involved in a small way with the rebuild, and his affection for the property has gained immensely from his involvement. He takes a particular interest in developing the marketing of Riccarton House through new media channels.

Tim, after qualifying with a Diploma of Ag. and a Dip. VFM at Lincoln, farmed at “Auchenflower” for 25 years, and now that the property is leased out is able to devote time to such rewarding activities as Riccarton, as well as being a Mediator with Christchurch Mediation Services, and doing private mediations.

He has been associated with local school and veterinary administration, and the “Brainwave Trust”, a trust focussed on improving the access to great brain health in those aged 0-4. He has also been a joint patron with the Limited Service Volunteer course at Burnham, helping 17-23 year olds get back on track.

Happily married to Gillie and father of three sons, with whom he loves participating in sports such as tennis, skiing and sailing.

Prof. David Norton

Professor David Norton (School of Forestry, University of Canterbury), represents the Canterbury Branch, Royal Society of New Zealand, on the Riccarton Bush Board of Trustees. He was appointed in May 2016 for a 5-year term. He has worked at the University since 1985 and has been extensively involved with Riccarton Bush, using it for teaching in ecology and conservation since the early 1990s, and contributed a chapter to the 1995 Riccarton Bush: Putaringamotu book edited by Brian Molloy. He is actively involved in research on integrating biodiversity conservation in agricultural systems, restoration ecology, threatened plant conservation and conservation management planning.

Pippa Ensor

Pippa EnsorPippa Ensor was nominated by the Deans family to represent their interests on the Riccarton Trust Board. She joined the Board in March 2017 and is appointed for a five year term.

Pippa is a sixth generation Deans and, incidentally, the last child to be christened in the John Deans christening robe now residing at Riccarton House.

Living at the Ngapara Downs homestead as a third generation Deans, she has experienced first hand how the generosity and forward-thinking actions of generations past can positively impact future generations. Riccarton House and Bush is also testament to this and has played a significant part in her life.

Although Pippa has spent the majority of her adult life outside of Canterbury, she has always called Christchurch home, maintaining a strong connection and passion for the region, the city and the people who call this region home.

Pippa is currently employed as Associate and Project Architect within the 15-strong Christchurch-based Athfield Architects office. Her current role includes office management and running of large-scale commercial projects. The most recent projects include the new Lyttelton Port Company Operations Centre, currently under construction, and the Canterbury Rugby Football Union Office & High Performance Facility at Rugby Park.

While carrying out predominantly new construction projects within New Zealand, her time working in Sweden and the United Kingdom meant she spent a great deal of time designing within historically significant building fabric. Large-scale landscape works within the Wellington waterfront also allowed her to engage with the built environment in a unique way.

Shirish Paranjape

Shirish ParanjapeShirish Paranjape represents the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board on the Trust. He was first appointed in 2016 and in 2019 was re-appointed for a further 3 year term.

Shirish is an electrical engineer by profession.

Outside of work and Community Board activities, Shirish is heavily involved in the local community – as a Justice of the Peace, a founder member of Rotary Christchurch New Horizons club, an active member of Christchurch Multicultural Council and Indian Social & Cultural Club, and one of the Avonhead Leads of the web-based forum “Neighbourly”.

Shirish likes travel, sports, classical music and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He likes to write about his travel experiences, and is also a regular contributor to TripAdvisor.

Jimmy Chen


In 2010 Jimmy Chen was elected as a Christchurch City Councillor, and was re-elected in 2013, 2016 and 2019. He is currently a 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.