Gap Filler People
Gap Filler Staff
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.
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.
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.
Event Space Development
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.
Phil has recently joined the team providing support as a ‘Jack of most trades’ roving handyman. With a background in Engineering and building, he enjoys getting involved in the diverse and innovative projects of Gap Filler.
After spending her formative career as a documentarian and animal welfare advocate, Heather has taken a slight detour into environmental certification for businesses. When she and her husband moved to NZ (a Yank and Brit, respectively) she found that paid work for advocating photographers was thin, so she adapted and went into business development. Now she spends her days convincing businesses they should do the right thing, e.g. care about people, their impact, our environment. In her free time, she plants trees with her family (“mandatory family fun”), co-manages the Christchurch Aunties charity, and trawls second-hand stores for awesome clothes and weird nicknacks.
Trustee and Acting General Manager
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.
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.
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.