Our People


for The Maroon Foundation
Since the Foundation’s launch in early 2019, the team has been working to put in place granting, investment and administration systems to ensure the Maroon Foundation is equipped to support Canterbury rugby for years to come.

Our committed team members each graciously volunteer their time to oversee all the Foundation's efforts and they have all personally given to the Maroon Foundation.

Brian (Chub) Hays

Executive Officer
Chub brings a mix of rugby, educational and governance experience to the role of Executive Officer of the Maroon Foundation.

Chub played for the UCRFC during 1971 in the Under 20 team (grade winners) and the Senior A team (wearing No. 3) throughout 1972–1979.

Chub has an impressive background in rugby coaching. He began as a 1st XV coach in 1980 for Burnside High School, followed by Cashmere High School and then Rangiora High School through to 2006. During this time he also served as a Sport Canterbury Lecturer — Coaching Coaches and was a Resource Coach for the New Zealand Rugby Football Union for 1985–2002 and and for the Canterbury Rugby Football Union during 1985–2000.

Other coaching highlights include University of Canterbury Senior Premier Coach during 1982–1986 and 1992–1996 resulting in three champions and two runners up during this time. Of particular note is Chub's time spent with the Crusaders undertaking rugby video analysis and game analysis over three years and three championships. He was also Canterbury U19 Coach and Canterbury Woman's Coach for three years.

Also of note is his success as the New Zealand Blackferns Assistant Coach in 1994 and again during 1998–2002 with the team World Cup Winners in 2002 in Barcelona. He was also a New Zealand Under 19 Rugby selector during 2003–2005.

Over the years, Chub has been actively involved in all facets of the UCRFC serving as UCRFC Executive in 2005–2013 and UCRFC Chairman during 2009–2013. He is a past President/Chairman of UCRFC Old Maroons and is now a Life Member.

Professionally, Chub was Deputy Principal for Rangiora High School for 14 years, Head of Faculty for Social Sciences at Cashmere High School for 10 years and at Rangiora High School for 4 years. Chub has been a Board of Trustees member at Burnside High School for 7 years and has been the Chairperson of the Canterbury Principals' Association during 2011–2017.



Lindsay North


Although now semi-retired and no longer formally practicing as lawyer, Lindsay North was a practicing lawyer for something over 45 years. One of the areas of his practice involved property and trusts and he has extensive experience as a trustee of private trusts. Lindsay understands and is familiar with the legal framework of the Foundation and the obligations on trustees of entities such as the Foundation.

Lindsay played senior rugby for the University of Canterbury Rugby Club from 1966–1971 inclusive and played for Canterbury in 1969 and 1970. He was the secretary of the rugby club for some years in the 70s and is currently the treasurer of the University of Canterbury Rugby Football Club Old Maroons Association Incorporated. Having been a member of that organisation and its predecessors since his playing career finished. He has also coached the club’s under 20 team from 1972–1974 and coached the senior B team in 1975

John (Ruzz) Barr


Ruzz has been President of the UCRFU Old Maroons since 1997 (excluding 2012–2013) and is a Life Member of the Club. He is actively involved in many areas of the Club’s life. He played for Canterbury University from 1973–1975, representing the Under 19’s, under 20’s and the Senior Div 1 Varsity B team. He also played for Auckland University Senior Reserves for 5 years.

Ruzz has a strong background in business, having held a number of GM and CEO roles for several New Zealand companies — UEB, NZ Insulators, Sunbeam Victa, EDAC Systems, Hamer & Hamer Technology and AEMS NZ. He is now a Professional Director and Governance Advisor, holding roles as Chairman of Canterbury Scientific, Southern Horticultural Products, Linden Leaves and Aqualinc Research. He is also President of the St George’s Hospital Society and represents the Society as a Director on the St George’s Hospital Board.

Educationally, Ruzz has a BSc in Physics from the University of Canterbury, a Proficiency in Marketing Management qualification from the University of Auckland and completed the Advanced Management programme at the University of Hawaii. He has also been a facilitator for the Institute of Directors ‘Director Development Programme’.

In addition to his Old Maroons involvement, Ruzz is also active in a number of other organisations; these are the Institute of Directors (past Canterbury Branch Chairman and past National Councillor), Fellow of the NZIM, New Zealand Organisation for Quality (past National President) and is a member of the GolbalScot Network and the World Class NZ Network.

Dean Chrystal


Currently Managing Director, Dean has been a Director at Planz Consultants (formerly Planit) since 1998 and has over 30 years planning experience. He has previously worked at a variety of different local authorities in both New Zealand and the UK.

He has been closely involved over the years in a number of high profile projects, including the Tekapo Camping Ground Residential Development, The Press Precinct redevelopment, Te Rere Hau Wind Farm, the Darfield Milk Powder Plant (Stages 1 and 2), the Pahiatua Dairy Factory expansion; the Studholme Dairy Plant expansion, AMI Stadium redevelopment and the Lincoln Structure Plan. For many of these projects Dean’s involvement was as team leader or project co-ordinator responsible for ensuring the targets are met and the project is completed on time.

Dean is also an Accredited Hearing Commissioner and has acted as Commissioner for local authorities throughout New Zealand in over 50 hearings (resource consents, plan changes, district plan reviews, cost reviews and designations).

Jared Brixton

University of Canterbury Rugby Club Chairman and Trustee
Born and raised in Christchurch, Jared has been an avid sports fan for as long as he can remember. He has played tennis, soccer and skied at local and national competitions, but it is rugby where he has found his passion. Only starting playing rugby whilst studying at the University of Canterbury in 1991. Since then, he has continued to play in various cities around New Zealand and overseas, but his move into the executive is where his business and rugby interests combined.

His professional career sees him lead KiwiHost, as Managing Director, where he leads staff, contractors and franchisees in delivering corporate training across New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. His training background comes in handy as one of the many coaches at the University of Canterbury Rugby Club.

Jared has been on the rugby club’s executive since 2013, but took over as Chairman in 2018. In that short time, Jared has overseen the signing of the an historic lease with the University of Canterbury and the conclusion of their long running legal battles with insurers over their earthquake claims, dating back to 2011. By concluding these deals, he is able to see the club invest in the Maroon Foundation for the betterment of the club going forward.


The assistance from the Foundation will ensure that the University Rugby Club remains a strong and viable part of the Canterbury Rugby community and build on its proud traditions of successfully developing our players.

Jared Brixton, University of Canterbury Rugby Club Chairman