meet the staff

meet your team

Our team is available 24/7, 365 days a year and work hard to provide you with academic support, facilities maintenance, events and advice. Our team have been carefully selected based on the their skill-set, qualifications and passion for young people. The years you spend at university will undoubtedly be some of the most memorable and we will make sure that you have the experience of a lifetime here at UC Accommodation.

who we are

Nicholas Cowie

General Manager

Nick’s primary objective with the University of Canterbury Accommodation is to ensure that all residents remain focused on their academic goals while enjoying the vibrant and diverse lifestyle that the Village has to offer. You’ll find Nick moving between Uni Hall, Sonoda and Ilam Apartments to ensure the smooth running of each site, and to make sure that all residents are getting the on-campus experience they deserve while completing their studies.

Lesa Devcich

Housekeeping Manager

Lesa is in charge of everything to do with cleaning and housekeeping at the Village. She manages the team of cleaners that make sure your apartment and common areas are clean and tidy. Make sure you say hello, she is always around!

John Liddell

Senior Evening Services Coordinator

John is the permanent staff member to go to for assistance outside of regular Reception hours. If you’re locked out of your room, you have a noise complaint, or if there is an emergency, John is there to respond. At the Village you are never without help if you need it, and John is there to assist with any and all of your requests or concerns. Make sure you say hello!

Christine Wilson

Residential Services Team Leader

Christine oversees the Accommodation Officers and Village Assistants to make sure all administration issues are taken care of in a timely fashion. You will find her behind the front desk assisting residents, taking payments and assisting with general inquiries whenever she can. Christine is always around to lend a helping hand!

Johnathon Bowman

Facilities and Maintenance Manager

Jodie Cameron

Evening Duty Manager

Richard Sibbald


Richard is the man behind the scenes when it comes to all financial matters with the Village. He’s just one of the very many friendly faces you’ll see at Uni Hall reception, so make sure you come and say hello!

Sharron Griffiths

Chef/Sous Chef

Sharon directly assists the kitchen team in producing a range of fresh and modern cuisine for the residents who live at University Hall. She is passionate about food and a regular friendly face, come and say hello!


Residential Assistant

I’m Amelia, made it into a 3rd year Geology Major and one of your RA’s in Ngata. I’m from the haven of Nelson and on the water sailing a dinghy is one of my favourite places. My fondest memories have got to be my first year when I was in Uni Hall, when all I did (outside studying obviously) was find neat cafes in the CBD with newly found friends and raiding the unexplored op shops for event costumes, holla! My favourite quote hits me in the heart, “Hello good sir, I would like your finest bottle of wine, please… I would like your most eight dollarest bottle of wine, please. From the finest valley in Arkansas ”Detective Jake Peralta- Brooklyn 99. Let's have a rocking year!


Residential Assistant

Hi my name is Dan, In 2017 I will be in my third year of study, studying History and Geography. I’m from Timaru, but my favorite part of New Zealand would have to be Twizel up in the high country. My favorite hobby is hanging out with my friends whilst eating. Something you don’t know about me is that I love pugs. My favorite quote would have to be: “Without History, there would be no future”.


Residential Assistant

I hail from the deep south of New Zealand in good old Invercargill. I am currently in my 3rd year of Commerce and have completed an Arts Degree in Psychology. My favourite place in New Zealand would have to Central Otago over the Summer, especially Wanaka. I really enjoy any sports with an oval ball and still play Touch competitively, and play Rugby and League every now and then. Something you may not know about me is that I have been a vegetarian since I was only 6 years old. My favourite quote would have to be anything Michael Jordan, played to win but had fun doing it!

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