UC Alumni Ambassadors

UC Alumni Ambassadors work closely with the Alumni and UC Foundation team to support alumni relations activities in their local region. They help by developing connections with local alumni and those new to the area. 

Find a local ambassador below, or contact alumni@canterbury.ac.nz if you would like to volunteer to become an Ambassador. 

This page will be regularly updated with the contact details for our UC Alumni Ambassadors in different regions, so please check back for further details as they become available.  


Location Hong Kong
Name Richard Tan
Biography Richard studied Psychology at the University of Canterbury between 1975 and 1985. After graduation, he worked with Child, Youth and Family Services (now Oranga Tamariki), followed by a stint with the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand. He has been in Hong Kong for over 15 years and is an Associate Fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society. Richard is currently enjoying retirement and is great for offering advice on what to do in the area. 
Email address  rahk.tan@gmail.com
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-richard-tan-phd-7a5a6921/



Location Kuching
Name Jye Ying Lu 
Biography Jye is a graduate from Electrical & Electronics Engineering, with a Master of Engineering in Management, and a PhD. She is now a Director in Powerpoint Electrical Malaysia, mainly doing M&E consulting, engineering supply and EPC projects in various industries. She enjoys trying new activities and meeting new friends from all around the world. 
Email address dr.jyelu@gmail.com
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jye-ying-lu-2656a11b


Location Kota Kinabalu
Name Patrick Chu
Biography Patrick graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2001 with a Bachelor of Engineering, specialising in Civil Engineering. After looking at the jobs available in Christchurch, Patrick decided to move back to his home town of Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) to become a Site Engineer at a civil and structural consulting company for a new housing development. He has since moved on to a new role and has been Senior General Manager in a local, sustainable oil palm planation company, overlooking the operations of the estate since 2008. 
Email address Patjyc79@gmail.com

New Zealand

Location Wellington
Name Brian Lynch 
Biography Brian graduated from the University of Canterbury with double Masters Degrees with Honours, in History and Geography. He spent 20 years in the Foreign Service with postings in New York, Singapore, and London. He was Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Transport 1981-1991, then Chief Executive of the New Zealand Meat Industry Association 1992-2003. Brian was the Director of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs from 2003-2012, and has also been a Chair and Board Member of several government boards and not for profit organisations. Currently, Brian is the Chair of the New Zealand Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council.  
Email address brianlynch344@gmail.com 


Location Christchurch, New Zealand
Name Tiffany Nelson-Sauni
Biography Tiffany completed her LLB from the University of Canterbury in 2009. She worked in Samoa for the first four years of her legal career and currently works and lives in Christchurch. 
Email address nelson.samoa@gmail.com 


Location Apia, Samoa 
Name Zan Westerlund
Biography Zan completed two Bachelor degrees at the University of Canterbury: a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Physics (2003-2007) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), specialising in Civil Engineering (2008-2010). He is now working as a Project Manager for a construction company in Samoa (Bluebird Construction Company) as well as recently starting a smaller construction company (Rockworkz Limited) with his wife. 
Email address zan@bluebirdconstruction.ws 


Location Geneva 
Name Cassie Yao
Biography Cassie graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Master of Arts in Human Services in April 2019. She now works as an administrator at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva. Cassie enjoys outings with friends as well as meeting new people and hearing their stories. 
Email address lemon_yaoyao@hotmail.com  


 United Kingdom

Location London
Name Alene Wilton
Biography Alene graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History with Religious Studies and went on to complete her D.Phl. in History at the University of Oxford. Aside from a brief stint in Wellington from 1998-2001, working in Parliament and several government departments, she has lived and worked in the UK since leaving Canterbury. Having undertaken various corporate roles in the UK government, the National Health Service, and social housing, Alene is now the Chief Operating Officer for the Marine Stewardship Council, an international not-for-profit which sets standards for sustainable wild-capture fishing practices and works to transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis. Alene also chairs the UC Foundation Trust for the UK, as well as the UC Alumni Committee in the UK. 
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UC Alumni Associations  

Location New Zealand
Name UC MBA  Graduate Association

The UC MBA (Master of Business Administration) Graduate Association invites MBA, DipBA, and GradDipBA alumni to continue their learning through regular masterclasses and exclusive events featuring industry speakers and networking opportunities.

The current UC MBA Graduate Association committee members are Matthew Williams (President), Louisa Bagma-Duff, Lloyd Mander, Murray Dempsey, Mike Blackburn, Vidhi Marshall (MBA Candidate) and Laura Jones.

More information about the UC MBA Graduate Association, and their activities, can be found here 

You can keep in touch with the UC MBA Graduate Association through their active LinkedIn group (see below). 


For any questions about the UC MBA Graduate Association, please email kim.searle@canterbury.ac.nz