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 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