Councillor for Hornby Ward.
Jimmy Chen was born in Taiwan – his parents were from Sichuan, China. Jimmy and his family (wife and two daughters) immigrated to Christchurch in 1996.
In Taiwan, he earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Commerce.
After 24 years in Christchurch, he is well-known in his community. Before being elected as a Christchurch City Councillor, he was a home tutor, tourist guide, interpreter, volunteer with Christchurch Citizens Advice Bureau, Trustee of Burnside High School, Chair of the Christchurch Intercultural Assembly, and a consulting member of the Canterbury Police Office Asian Consultants.
In 2010 Jimmy Chen was elected as a Christchurch City Councillor and was re-elected in 2013, 2016 and 2019. He is currently a Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board member, Trustee of Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum Trust Board, Trustee of Riccarton Bush Trust Board, Trustee of Hei Hei-Broomfield Community Development Trust Board and a senior Christchurch City Councillor in his fourth term. He is currently Chair of the Council's Multicultural Committee, Chair of Canterbury Waste Joint Committee and Chair of Canterbury Regional Landfill Joint Committee.
Jimmy Chen is a strong advocate for the people in the South-West suburbs of the city as well as an advocate for the multi-ethnic and multicultural communities.
As a city councillor, he led the Multicultural Working Party to develop the Multicultural Strategy, and the final version of this strategy was adopted by the Council in February 2017. This strategy is a commitment by the Council to provide a framework and a set of goals and actions to ensure every person in Christchurch feels a sense of belonging.
As Chair of the Multicultural Committee, he is taking the lead to oversee the implementation of the Multicultural Strategy. Also as Chair of the Canterbury Waste Joint Committee and Canterbury Regional Landfill Joint Committee, he has been taking a lead to focus on the vision – Canterbury is a sustainable region, working toward zero waste and a circular economy.
He actively participates in various communities' events and activities.