The DCL Team

RobRob Hall – Chief Executive Officer

Born and raised in Christchurch, Rob is a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Water and Environment Manager with a postgraduate diploma in surveying.  He is a fellow of both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Charted Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

While working in the UK he directed a number of global capital projects from concept to completion.  In 2011 Rob led his department to win the UK Construction Awards for an outstanding client organisation.

Prior to working in the development sector, Rob served in the Royal New Zealand Navy where he reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  He was also part of a multinational team surveying in Antarctica to improve knowledge of the region and the effects of climate change.

Rob has most recently served in senior management roles with both Heritage New Zealand and the Christchurch City Council before being appointed into his current role as Chief Executive of Development Christchurch Limited.


JoelJoel Lieschke – Director, Corporate Services and CFO

Joel is Director Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer at Development Christchurch Limited and on the Board of Directors at Habitat for Humanity – Christchurch Affiliate.

He is an experienced Chartered Accountant having worked for a variety of multinational companies including Diageo and Reckitt Benckiser as well as hospitality companies IHG and Marriott International at locations in Australia, Europe and the USA.

Joel is a qualified CPA and member of the Institute of Directors NZ with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Diploma in Hospitality Management.


Steve ClarkeSteve Clarke – Director, Investment and Engagement

Steve’s background is largely in the finance sector with experience in marketing and HR.

Steve’s involvement in post-quake regeneration was sparked by his prior role as CE of an engineering think tank, the NZ Centre for Advanced Engineering, which played a role in early work on response and resilience to the quakes sequence.

This led to roles in DDCU (with CERA) and then work through the establishment of DCL further to joining the organisation as an employee.


Michael GaleMichael Gale – Director, Development

Michael is leading the DCL Regeneration Program to accelerate the investment and development in selected suburban centres and the Christchurch CBD, resulting in a range of new projects being progressed via innovative private-public development partnership arrangements.

Michael holds two Bachelor of Commerce degrees from Canterbury University and Lincoln University and is a member of the Australian Property Institute, being a Certified Valuer, Property Manager and Property Development Practitioner.


Paul SilkPaul Silk – Commercial Advisor to DCL

Paul led the establishment of the new development agency at the request of the Christchurch City Council.  He served as an advisor on the formulation and establishment of Regenerate Christchurch, the new Crown-Council Agency.

Paul is also a Director of Ngāi Tahu Holdings Ltd, and on the board since 2011.  He has a commercial background in financial markets having worked in Sydney and London for 14 years before returning to New Zealand.  Paul continues to work for Medley Global Advisors, a leading provider of macro policy intelligence for hedge funds, asset managers and large financial institutions.


Cecilia Densham – Manager Communications and Engagement Cel

Cecilia has been involved in developing project communications and community involvement frameworks, providing issue management and strategic communications on both local and major infrastructure projects in Australia, the UK and more recently New Zealand.

She has an accomplished history of managing sensitive communities in highly impacted environments.  Her skills include corporate and internal communications, marketing, media, risk and crisis management.  Cecilia is a member of the International Association for Public Participation.


Cath CarterCath Carter – Development Manager

Cath has over 15 years of planning and project management experience within the private and public sector in New Zealand and the UK.  Cath specialises in the management of regeneration projects and programmes and has worked in both residential and town centre development.

She returned to New Zealand in 2011 after 8 years in the UK to be part of Christchurch’s recovery and since then has undertaken a variety of earthquake-related project management and planning roles.  Cath holds a master’s degree in Regional and Resource Planning and is a Certified Prince 2 Practitioner.


Stephen Hughes – Investment Advisor                       

Stephen has worked in the property industry since he Stephen Hughesgraduated from Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Valuation and Property Management in 1991.

His work with DCL involves engaging with private sector investors, developers and real estate professionals to fast-track development and the regeneration of selected suburban centres and the CBD of which he is very passionate about.


Julian Ellis – Commercial Manager

Julian holds degrees in law and finance from Canterbury University.  Prior to joining the DCL Team, he worked in private legal practice but has also held roles within the investment, banking, financial services firms.

Professionally, Julian’s interests revolve around land, buildings and infrastructure.  As a lifelong Cantabrian, he has a vested interest in the work DCL undertakes.


The Executive Assistant to Rob Hall is Carrie-Leigh Luckings.