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Executive team members

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Read about our executive team members.

Chief executive

Biography

I am responsible for leading Auckland Council, and ensuring that we do what we say we will do and deliver. In my remaining two years I will be focusing on:

  • improving the customer experience for all our customers
  • delivering the build-it budget at pace
  • achieving better cohesion within the council family of organisations
  • continuing our drive for efficiency in everything we do.
I have held executive and chief executive roles in education, local government and transport over the past 25 years.

When I’m not working, I spend all of my time with my family – I have six kids and two grandkids.

Group chief financial officer

Biography

As Group CFO I lead the division responsible for the Council’s finances. The Council group includes Auckland Council alongside its substantive CCOs in Watercare, Auckland Transport, Regional Facilities Auckland, Panuku Development and ATEED. The group also includes investments in a number of significant associated entities including Auckland International Airport, CRL Limited and Ports of Auckland.

The division has an important role to play on behalf of the public of Auckland who fund much of the infrastructure development and service delivery activities of the council. Prudent financial management is at the heart of that role and our staff take seriously the work they perform to ensure sound financial management and decision-making are delivered.

I have a background within both private and public sectors and have occupied senior executive roles in both the investment management and local government industries. I am a CFA charter holder and have extensive experience in investment and asset management within the finance industry. Within the local government sector I have contributed at a national level when I was a member of the establishment board responsible for setting up the local government funding agency in 2011, an entity that is now responsible for executing the majority of the financing activity of councils across NZ.

When I’m not working I value quiet weekends at the coast where golf, kayaking, swimming and biking are common pursuits alongside family time with my wife and two adult children.

Chief operating officer

Biography


As chief operating officer, I lead the division responsible for providing the vast majority of our public facing services.

Council’s operations touch Aucklanders’ lives in so many ways, from the provision of essential services such as rubbish collection and stormwater drainage through to social and cultural aspects such as libraries, art, parks and recreation, and community safety.

I trained as an engineer, and since then have held a variety of senior executive roles, working closely with government, utility and private sector organisations in New Zealand and overseas. Most recently I have focused on business leadership, change management and business development roles.

I also edited ‘Auckland Connected’, a book released in 2012, which looks at the opportunities and challenges facing Auckland in becoming the world’s most liveable city.

On a personal note, I have four sons, am a passionate supporter of all things sport-related, and value living in a region that delivers such fantastic sporting, cultural and creative opportunities. I’ve called Auckland home since I was eight years old.

Chief of strategy

Biography


I have the privilege of leading the wonderful team who deliver the strategies, planning and internal and external communications for Auckland.

Our team are responsible for: planning for place, which includes the unitary plan, area plans, structure plans and spatial priority areas; strategies such as the Auckland Plan, City Centre Masterplan, sustainability etc; expertise, planning, and monitoring for all aspects of our environment and infrastructures; creation of social and community policy; advocating for great urban form outcomes as Auckland developments happen; providing economic expertise to challenge our thinking; challenging the status quo in order to deliver new outcomes; thinking through co-design capability and social entrepreneurship; market research, consultation and engagement.

I have had a wide commercial background where my last role was CEO KiwiRail and I serve as a director on some diverse company boards.

I love spending time with my wife Debby and three daughters. I also love music, attending concerts and playing golf.

Governance director

Biography


I have held a number of senior management roles; previously chief of staff in the mayor's office (Auckland Council); general manager of HR and communications for Manukau City Council and then Chief Advisor to that organisation which included leading both the Chief Executive and Mayoral offices.

I’m thoroughly enjoying and being challenged in my role as director.

Good governance is critical to the organisation’s success and is a personal passion of mine, so working with the mayor, councillors, our local boards and CCOs, and driving outcomes with and for iwi is enormously satisfying.

Director People and Performance

Biography


I lead the key change projects aimed at transforming the customer experience, delivering better value for money to Aucklanders and building a high performance team in Auckland Council.

Before I became transformation director, I was chief operating officer for Auckland Council when it was established in 2010.

Throughout my career, I have held a variety of senior leadership positions in the public service sector, including, prior to the council, head of Work and Income New Zealand, one of the country's largest government agencies. I have also held leadership roles in the Department of Labour and the Department of Education and Employment in London.

I hold a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Victoria University.

Director urban growth and housing

Biography


In my role as Director, Urban Growth and Housing I lead and co-ordinate the council’s efforts in urban growth and housing.

I am a town planner by profession and have over 25 years of experience in local government. Previously, I was Director – Regulatory Services for Auckland Council, and before that the Plans and Places general manager, where I led the development of the Unitary Plan - the resource management plan for Auckland. Prior to this I held various roles in the former Auckland City Council including general manager Transport and City Planning department manager.

I am an Aucklander born and bred and have lived most of my adult life in the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges with my husband and two daughters. We love living in the bush close to Auckland’s west coast beaches.

Director community services

Biography


As Director of Community Services I am accountable for the delivery of service from: libraries; parks; sports grounds; beaches; swimming pools; recreation and fitness centres; cemeteries; community centres, houses and halls; art centres and public art; housing for older people; community development and events.

Prior to this role I was responsible for our Parks Sports and Recreation department, and before that I led the Community Services division at Manukau City.

I am an economist and urban planner by training and have worked overseas with development banks.

I am married with two daughters, and enjoy tramping and cycling as well as teaching local history.

Director infrastructure and environmental services

Biography


As director of Infrastructure and Environmental Services, I am responsible for: healthy waters, environmental services, the Development Programme Office, waste solutions and engineering and technical services.

Prior to this role I held senior executive and chief officer positions in private sector consulting firms in New Zealand and Asia.

My background is in civil engineering on major infrastructure projects in New Zealand, south Pacific and Asia.

Director regulatory services (acting)

Biography


The Regulatory Services directorate which I lead is responsible for a wide range of functions. These include processing applications made by customers for resource and building consents, issuing various licences including in relation to food and alcohol, dog registration, animal management and environmental health. The directorate also carries out a compliance and monitoring function.

I have a legal background and have spent most of my legal career in private practice providing advice to councils in relation to their regulatory functions.

I spent a year seconded to the Auckland Transition Agency helping set up Auckland Council. Prior to taking on this role, I was General Counsel at the Council.

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