In case you missed it, Chief Executive Ross McLeod has announced his new executive team at the Hastings Council:

John O’Shaunessy will take up the position of Group Manager: Planning and Regulatory Services. John comes to us from Napier City Council, where he is currently Town Planning Manager. John has a strong background in delivering regulatory services in a customer focused manner.

Dennis Morgan will take up the position of Group Manager: Strategy and Development. Dennis has extensive experience in strategy and policy development in both local and central Government most recently as the Community Development Manager for the Napier City Council. He has vast experience in the social wellbeing area and a strong background in building partnerships for delivery with other agencies.

Mike Maguire will take up the position of Group Manager: Corporate and Customer Services. Mike has been in the role of Group Manager: Resource Management at Hastings District Council since 2001 and has also during this time led the Shared Business and Customer Service Project team. Mike has extensive Local Government experience at a Senior Management level.

Tony Gray will take up the position of Chief Financial Officer. Tony has extensive financial experience having been Chief Financial Officer of a number of large organisations for the past 20 years. His current role is as General Manager Secretariat and Group Monitoring for Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, New Zealand’s second largest Maori iwi organization having assets of over $600m. He has previously been Chief Financial Officer at Mighty River Power and TVNZ. Tony is relocating back to Hawke’s Bay following many years of working in other locations throughout New Zealand and overseas.

Mark Clews has been appointed to the position of Principle Advisor: District Development. Mark has consistently demonstrated a very high quality of strategic planning skills in relation to the future development of the district in his current role at Council. Mark will be a key contributor to Hastings District Council and its future success.

In addition, David Fraser, who has been with the Council, takes over as Group Manager, Asset Management.

Mr McLeod is still in the process of finalising the appointment of Group Manager: Community Facilities and Programmes.

BayBuzz is especially interested in the “new blood,” particularly the fellows from Napier City Council, not exactly a bastion of transparency.

Tom Belford

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