Kaipara District Council CEO Louise Miller has announced positive change in the portfolios held by several of her closest staff

Council restructure signals new phase

by Andy Bryenton

Following the swearing-in of new councillors to the Kaipara District Council this November, further changes are underway within the regional governance organisation, with chief executive Louise Miller indicating changes to the roles and portfolios of several senior members of her team.

The council CEO says that the council is reinforcing its commitment to its customers, the public, with a new emphasis on engagement with the community.

That has prompted a review of how the council’s internal business units are grouped and the roles of the organisation’s leadership team.

“Kaipara District Council is entering a new phase, where we are focussing more closely on customer and community needs, learning to respond more quickly to change and becoming more focussed on sustainable growth and service delivery. A key for us to achieve that is engaging with our community and delivering the kind of experience you expect.”

The new management structure is:

Sue Davidson has been appointed to the role of general manager, Sustainable Growth and Investment, which includes planning, building control, quality assurance, financial services and revenue.

Jason Marris gains the general manager, Engagement and Transformation portfolio, which includes iwi relations, communications and engagement, community relationships, policy, strategy and governance.

Darlene Lang is the new general manager of Customer Experience, which includes customer services, libraries, information technology and regulatory functions.

Jim Sephton will fulfil the essential general manager of Infrastructure Services role, which includes water and wastewater, parks and recreation, community infrastructure services, property management, and engineering.

Hannah Gillespie takes control as general manager of People and Capability, which includes health and safety, recruitment, and human resources.

All these changes are effective immediately, as the KDC look towards continued regional growth and development in 2020.