CHOICE mourns the passing of one of our longest-serving colleagues, Chris Ruggles, who lost a fight with cancer on 3 September 2015.
After a teaching career Chris joined CHOICE 26 years ago as part of our customer services team. He then worked as a journalist on the newly started CHOICE Computer magazine, before becoming a digital home content producer and, for the past six years, Team Leader Digital Home.
Chris was a talented photographer, and his passion for high-quality images shaped our tests of TVs and cameras. He was also instrumental in the design and delivery of our sound lab, which allowed us to bring a range of audio tests in-house.
But it was his forward-thinking and vision that expanded his influence in the organisation well beyond his own subject area, team and department. His expertise was recognised and appreciated not only by his team and within CHOICE, but also by the community of international consumer organisations (in particular Consumer NZ), and by industry, government and standards committees.
CHOICE will be a poorer place without Chris. Rest in peace, mate.