Pippa Ensor was nominated by the Deans family to represent their interests on the Riccarton Trust Board. She joined the Board in March 2017 and is appointed for a five year term.
Pippa is a sixth generation Deans and, incidentally, the last child to be christened in the John Deans christening robe now residing at Riccarton House.
Living at the Ngapara Downs homestead as a third generation Deans, she has experienced first hand how the generosity and forward-thinking actions of generations past can positively impact future generations. Riccarton House and Bush is also testament to this and has played a significant part in her life.
Although Pippa has spent the majority of her adult life outside of Canterbury, she has always called Christchurch home, maintaining a strong connection and passion for the region, the city and the people who call this region home.
Pippa is currently employed as Associate and Project Architect within the 15-strong Christchurch-based Athfield Architects office. Her current role includes office management and running of large-scale commercial projects. The most recent projects include the new Lyttelton Port Company Operations Centre, currently under construction, and the Canterbury Rugby Football Union Office & High Performance Facility at Rugby Park.
While carrying out predominantly new construction projects within New Zealand, her time working in Sweden and the United Kingdom meant she spent a great deal of time designing within historically significant building fabric. Large-scale landscape works within the Wellington waterfront also allowed her to engage with the built environment in a unique way.