Gap Filler People
Andrew is Co-founder and architect-extraordinaire. Andrew has been involved in a number of iconic projects in Christchurch including temporary art gallery and studio project Artbox, the structural magnificence that are the Arcades and of course the Gap Filler projects. Never short of a clever idea or kind word, Andrew is now a much respected board member and occasional consultancy recruit. He enjoys tramping and has raced tuk tuk’s across India. He also gives (and demands) the best hugs!
Ciaran is the Chairperson of our Board. Ciaran is also a Mental Health Promoter with the Mental Health Foundation and has given us much valuable information and advice around community wellbeing and is always looking out for the well-being of our staff and fellow Board Members. Ciaran is an artist of words and has been Master of Ceremonies at many of our community events. He has a warmth and caring about him that is a joy to be around.
Erin is an award-winning communications practitioner. She began her career in Australia working with some of the world’s leading brands, before moving to New Zealand with her Kiwi husband to raise their family. She established Convergence Communications & Marketing with Leigh Harris in 2001.
Erin is known for bringing a creative approach to communications, along with sound experience in strategic planning. She is tertiary qualified in both marketing communications, and business management. She recently completed further study and was awarded a Certificate of Scholarly Excellence from Massey University for being one of their top extramural students. Erin is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand.
Outside of work Erin likes to travel, keep fit, spend time with her family and walk her rambunctious fox terrier, Miss Squeaky, in the Port Hills.
Lance is the Treasurer for the Trust Board. As an Associate for Kendons Chartered Accountants, Lance contributes his specialist expertise when it comes to trusts, business planning and performance, budgeting and cash flow forecasting and much more! Known for his easy-going manner, he’s regularly called upon for advice and has a knack for explaining financial things in layman’s terms that can be understood by all.
The elder statesman of our board, Martin Trusttum balances his senior status with a vibrant energy for things creative and urban. Martin started his working journey in music before switching to fashion, where he ran a business for fifteen years followed by teaching at CPIT. Teaching morphed into a project-oriented role, putting on events and facilitating relationships into and out of CPIT. Recently this included initiating the Arts Hub within CPIT and leading Artbox. Martin brings with him a great combination of organisational experience, creative direction, people skills and business understanding, joined with a quick laugh, warmth and a good hug.
Gap Filler Staff
As a keen skater, snowboarder and surfer Damian Doyle prefers to do everything Standing Sideways, so this is how you’ll find him whether he’s building a skate ramp, making a film, drinking tea or turning a Japanese highway into a terrain park. With his lateral thinking (and position), boundless energy, ideas and ability to make things happen, Damian is a valuable recent addition to the team.
Helen Holyoak started work for Gap Filler in May 2018. Her role is to get amongst it and play her part in making projects happen. She has come to Gap Filler with a senior level background in financial management of construction projects, which has given her the skills to respect and understand complex project development processes, work, and laugh with all natures of people and organisations. Without a doubt Helen’s favourite thing about Gap Filler is fundamentally what the organisation strives to achieve: maintaining true community by creating places people want to be.
Helen is the founder of the Dobson Dash, gets giddy around fresh powdery snow, has an elbow bear and likes regular reason to laugh and play.
Ryan is one of the founders of Gap Filler and has played a number of roles, as board Chair for 5 years, Strategic Director, and currently Creative Placemaking Lead, helping Gap Filler transition to a social enterprise. He is founder of Life in Vacant Spaces and a board member of Ohu Foundation, a new community-minded property development agency. He holds a PhD in Theatre & Film Studies from Canterbury University, and has had teaching and research roles at Canterbury University, Lincoln University, University of Technology Sydney and Copenhagen University in Theatre & Film Studies, Environmental Management, Design, and Landscape Architecture.
Ryan’s favourite thing about Gap Filler has been discovering the profundity in apparent absurdity, as with Eyes on the City where GF parked a portable grandstand around the city – replete with commentary box, commentator, and scoreboard – and analysed the site-specific action, with edgy commentary and the best guest interviews that could be mustered.
Project Delivery Manager
Simon is the man with the means, creating new ways to do anything and getting it done. Simon is the owner of The Commons favourite four-legged friend Mr Brock! Brokkie has brought joy to hundreds with an endless supply of energy for playing fetch. Simon is also a Sociometrist, creatively working with the relationships between people and groups of people.
Virginia shuffled her way down to Christchurch via Wellington to work Gap Filler, after doing some postgrad study in the UK. She will be wrangling admin, invoices, and staff as the Office Manager. Virginia is a freelance performance artist and publicist, working in administration and accounts to keep the bills paid! She’s really stoked to be working in the DIY, getting stuck in environment of Gap Filler and not at all sorry to be leaving behind sterile corporate offices. Virginia is pretty good at organising people and stuff, math, talking about intersectional feminism and drinking gin neat.
Her favourite art story to date is Shirley Manson from Garbage stopping by her installation The Lady Garden. Shirley chatted at her Wellington Town Hall gig about the naked ladies being body-painted in a Cuba Street shop window…
Correna Davies has been working for Gap Filler since May 2016. Her role has never been easy to define but in very broad terms she is an event manager and now a project developer too. A born and bred Cantabrian with a background in entertainment and events, her favourite thing about Gap Filler is working with all the beautiful people it attracts.
Once upon a time Correna was cycling past one of Gap Filler’s projects (Super Street Arcade, a giant arcade game placed on a busy street) and she couldn’t help but notice a couple who appeared to be in their 50s, running across the road toward the game giggling. They jumped up on the console all excited and started playing, also catching the eyes of a group of teenagers on the other side of the road. Correna carried on cycling past the teenagers, who said “Kids these days”, and had a good giggle all the way to work.
On Maternity Leave
Gap Filler co-founder, Coralie Winn assists the Gap Filler team in the creative activation of vacant sites around the city whilst previously being Gap Filler’s Director for 4.5 years before having her first child. She is relationship-focused, creative and determined. Gap Filler’s success can be attributed to Coralie’s ability to engage and involve people from across the community in collaborative projects. She also enjoys dancing like a crazy person in public at the Dance-O-Mat.
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