Our Experience And Knowledge Set Us Apart

Who We Are

The word ‘xyst’ is of Greek origin and means a terrace or walkway with trees – or a planted and covered outdoor venue for athletic training, all trappings of a desirable standard of existence.

The name reflects the company’s passion for quality parks, public open spaces and community facilities, which all ultimately enhance the ‘existence’ of a community.

Xyst has offices in Melbourne and Brisbane and works throughout Australia. It also has offices in New Zealand and Canada located in Nelson, Dunedin, Auckland, Tauranga, Queenstown and Edmonton.

 The Team That Powers Xyst

Chris Rutherford

Chris Rutherford

Director

Chris, the founder of Xyst, has a wide range of experience in local government parks and recreation facility management encompassing operations, planning and asset management roles. He has worked for five Councils in the UK and NZ. In addition he has been the contract manager for a large contracts company and worked as an industry specialist in local government for Fujitsu.
ARPro – Accredited recreation professional. CIPP – Certified international parks professional. Ian Galloway Award. Fellow - New Zealand Recreation Association

Michele Frey

Michele Frey

Principal Environmental Consultant

Michele is an experienced environmental and recreation practitioner. She has broad consultancy experience ranging from national tourism research, parks, conservation and recreation strategy and asset management to lead roles in feasibility studies for sports facility developments, major recreation assessments and recreation strategies. She was elected to the Board of the NZ Recreation Association in 2015 and as its Deputy Chair in 2016.
ARPro – Accredited recreation professional.
Certified Environmental Practitioner

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Director

Paul has 30 years of central and local government experience in the parks sector, including general management roles. Paul was a founding member of the Yardstick steering group. Paul is an accredited recreation professional (NZRA) and a certified international parks professional (World Urban Parks). Paul specialises in parks and recreation planning and lighting design.
ARPro – Accredited recreation professional. CIPP – Certified international parks professional. Tech IES - Technician Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand

Brian Milne

Brian Milne

Director

Brian has a wide range of experience in local government parks and recreation facility management. In addition to a background in operations and planning work, Brian now specialises in asset management for the parks and facilities sector.
He is currently responsible for managing Yardstick’s online development and the Facilities Benchmark project.
Brian is based in our Brisbane office
Ian Galloway Award, ARPro – Accredited recreation professional

Alison Rawley

Alison Rawley

Consultant

Alison was previously the Parks Asset Manager at Taupo District Council, a position which she held for 3 years. Prior to this she was employed in roles within Taupo DC as Special Projects Officer, Senior Policy Planner and Senior Reserves Planner. Prior to working in Taupo she worked for a long period in various parks and parks planning roles at Rotorua DC.
Alison is based in our Nelson office.

Jayson Kelly

Jayson Kelly

Director

Jayson has over 25 years of local government experience in the parks sector, either as a council officer, parks manager, or senior consultant specialising in parks management.
He is currently responsible for the Parks Benchmark project.
Cockayne Gold Medal. Fellow of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture

Philippa (Pip) Mackay

Philippa (Pip) Mackay

Environmental Consultant

Pip is an environmental consultant with a background in planning. Her experience in resource management process includes consent applications and community consultation work such as hui, submissions data checking and workshop assistance. Her passion for the environment and people has lead to her interest in working in the parks and sustainability sector.

Eric Hamilton

Eric Hamilton

Consultant

Eric began working in the parks sector 30 years ago as a park ranger with regional councils in Auckland and Wellington. He then changed focus to a planning role ensuring that best practice is integrated into policy outputs. He has worked as a parks and recreation consultant for the last 15 years.
ARPro – Accredited recreation professional

Susie Yeats

Susie Yeats

Field Research Manager

Susie has a legal background, having been admitted to the Bar in 1987 as a Barrister and Solicitor. Prior to joining the Xyst team she was involved in a variety of community organisations both as a trustee and legal advisor.
Susie is responsible for the engagement of intercept surveyors, co-ordination of survey resources, programming of work schedules, undertaking of field surveys, training, quality control and data entry.

Elise Yule

Elise Yule

Environmental Consulant

Anne Relling

Anne Relling

Consultant

As asset management practices were introduced into DOC Anne took on roles of implementing AM practices across Fiordland after a stint in the DOC Wellington office. Her interest in walkways was met with a role with Queenstown Lakes DC as Walkways Project Officer prior to establishing her own recreation and parks consultancy. Anne is a past Lincoln University graduate holding a Diploma in Recreation Management.

Robin Rawson

Robin Rawson

Parks and Recreation Consultant

Robin is a registered Landscape Architect with a strong background in parks and recreation planning. She has extensive experience in landscape and infrastructure planning throughout New Zealand

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