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Executive team members
Read about our executive team members.
I joined Auckland Council as its third Chief Executive on 1 September 2020.
I spent much of my early working life in Australia in the financial services, telecommunications and technology sectors – my time at these large service-based organisations has provided me with a strong focus on customer service delivery.
On moving to New Zealand in 2011, I worked for Westpac before joining ACC as its Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer.
I love the diversity of what the council does, and I recognise the criticality of those services to the growth and success of Auckland and all Aucklanders.
I lead the Group Services division which consists of Communications, Strategy & Capability, People & Culture, Corporate Property & Support Services, ICT, Financial Transformation and Maori Outcomes.
Our aim is to support the organisation to enable an Auckland that we can all be proud of.
Throughout my career, I have held a variety of senior leadership positions in the public service sector, including Head of Work and Income New Zealand prior to Council, one of the largest government agencies in New Zealand.
I have also held leadership roles in the Department of Labour and the Department of Education and Employment in London.
I was also the Chief Operating Officer for Auckland Council prior to the amalgamation.
I hold a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Victoria University. I also completed the Advanced Management Programme for senior executives at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Group Chief Financial Officer
My role as Group CFO is to lead the division responsible for:
financial and business performance
financial strategy and planning
treasury and other financial-related functions, including billing and payments.
A major current focus of mine is identifying new financing and funding arrangements to satisfy the city's infrastructure investment requirements, against the backdrop of Auckland's rapid growth.
Another priority area is enabling quality decision-making and providing high-quality financial and commercial advice on the many activities within council.
For over 30 years my work history has been concentrated in the accounting and economics disciplines in areas such as:
central government (NZ Treasury)
telecommunications (Vodafone and Telecom)
non-profit (University of Auckland)
local Government (Christchurch City Council).
My family moved to Auckland at the start of the millennium and we love living in this great city.
I have the privilege of leading the wonderful team who deliver the strategies, planning and internal and external communications for Auckland.
Our team is responsible for:
- planning for place, which includes the unitary plan, area plans, structure plans and spatial priority areas
- strategies such as the Auckland Plan, Auckland City Centre Masterplan, sustainability
- expertise, planning, and monitoring for all aspects of our environment and infrastructure
- creation of social and community policy
- advocating for great urban form outcomes as Auckland developments happen
- providing economic expertise to challenge our thinking
- thinking through co-design capability and social entrepreneurship
- market research, media and communications.
I trained as a planner and have had 20 years in local government in Auckland. I'm passionate about partnering with others to make a difference to current and future Aucklanders.
I am an Aucklander born and bred and love this region.
When I'm not working I love to spend time with my two beautiful nieces and keeping up-to-date with anything sports-related.
Director Customer and Community Services
As a proud Aucklander and Director of Customer and Community Services, I'm responsible for Auckland’s:
- sports grounds
- swimming pools
- recreation and fitness centres
- cemeteries, community centres
- houses and halls
- arts centres and public art
- housing for older people
- community development
Before joining the Auckland Council, I led or supported large private and public organisations across three continents, including as Chief Executive Officer, manager for McKinsey & Company, and as an advisor to governments, hospitals and health systems, and private enterprises.
I received my MBA from Harvard Business School and medical degrees from the University of Auckland. I'm also a director at Pharmac.
Director Infrastructure and Environmental Services
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
I am very proud that the Regulatory Services Directorate has a direct positive impact on all aspects of Aucklanders' lives, through keeping people healthy and well, our homes and buildings safe and compliant, and ensuring that our environment is protected.
The five business units that make up Regulatory Services manage and process applications for resource and building consents. They also carry out a compliance and monitoring function, educate on and issue food and alcohol licenses, deliver animal management programs; including dog registration, oversee environmental health and regulate the Food Act.
I want us to be recognised as a world leader in delivering regulatory excellence based on outstanding customer service across all our programmes.
I've had a varied career working in the private, not-for-profit and local government sectors. I was previously Chief Executive of South Waikato District Council, CEO of Paralympics New Zealand and CEO of the National Maritime Museum for a short time. I was privileged to coach the NZU21 Men’s team to the 2001 Hockey Junior World Cup.
I love the diversity of Auckland’s communities and environment and I'm privileged to be able to contribute to its ongoing growth and development as a world-class city.
Director Governance and CCO Partnerships
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.
General Manager Māori Outcomes (Acting)
Our mission at Ngā Mātārae (Māori Outcomes) is to lead council towards a Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) where Māori thrive.
Our department works across the whole council to ensure outcomes for and with Māori.
- specialist strategic direction
- support relationships
- quality advice
- oversight of how we perform for our Māori communities.
This is underpinned by a commitment to supporting effective Māori participation in all levels of decision-making at council.
Our performance is measured through the lens of wellbeing, using the Kia Ora Tāmaki Makaurau framework, which was developed alongside Māori.
I have held a number of Māori specialist and communication management roles throughout the motu.
These roles have been:
- within local government,
- Whānau Ora commissioning
- developing iwi settlements.
Born and bred in Tāmaki Makaurau, I am honoured to lead Ngā Mātārae and play a part in realising Māori aspirations for the benefit of all Aucklanders.
I haere pokere atu tāua, ko tōku oranga i herea ki tōu oranga. Ngātahi ka hinga i a tātou te tipua.
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