Leadership Team





Andrew Dalziel
Chief Executive

The Chief Executive oversees the operational structure of Ashburton District Council.

About Andrew
Andrew has a strong local government background. He has worked in the sector for over 23 years, in a wide variety of roles in regional, city and district councils. He was appointed CEO of Ashburton District Council in 2013. He spent the previous 6 years working as CEO of Hurunui District Council. Before that he worked for Wellington City Council, in a number of second tier management roles.

Andrew is a member of the Local Government Chief Officer's Group in Australia. He is a member of the Society of Local Government Managers and a member of the Institute of Directors. He graduated from Otago University with a Master of Commerce Degree in economics, passed with distinction.

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Jane Donaldson ​
Group Manager Environmental Services

The Environmental Services group provides regulatory functions for Council and environmental and regulatory monitoring and advice to the public.

This includes processing and monitoring applications and complaints under the Building Act, Resource Management Act and District Plan, providing quality environmental health inspections and animal control services.

About Jane
Jane has over 26 years’ experience in the local government sector. She joined the Christchurch City Council in 1980 where she took up a variety of roles, including 9 years as an Environmental Services Manager.  

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Neil McCann
Group Manager Service Delivery

The Service Delivery group provides advice to Council on the existing and future needs of the district's public utilities, and infrastructure. They manage the district's parks and reserves, cemeteries, water, sewerage, stormwater, roading assets, EA Networks Centre, museum and library.

The Service Delivery group ensures that all the above areas are at a level that meets the community's needs.

About Neil
Neil has 15 years of local government experience. Neil is a member of IPENZ, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration from the Henley Management College (London).

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Paul Brake
Group Manager Business Support

The Business Support group includes community relations, commercial, finance and information systems functions. This group develops Council's Long Term Plan, facilitates each year's Annual Plan and coordinates the Council's Annual Report.

The Business Support group provides support for other units and groups within Council. This includes supporting the Councillors' governance role.

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Cindy Meadows
Acting Manager People and Capability  

The People and Capability team provide human resource services for Council, ensuring that Council is a good employer.   

About Cindy

Cindy has held human resources, health and safety and compliance roles in privately owned businesses in the primary, roading and civil construction industries as well as owning and operating a small human resources and safety consultancy.

A proud Chatam Islander with European, Maori and Moriori lineage, Cindy graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Business Studies in Human Resource Management and Communication Relationship Management.  

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Role of Leadership Team

The Leadership Team has a collective responsibility for considering the affordability of Council's services and for identifying efficiencies that can be achieved.  It is also committed to ensuring the organisation is agile and flexible, so that we can change quickly to meet the changing needs of residents and ratepayers.

The role of the Leadership Team is:

  1.    To work with elected members in setting the district's vision and direction;  and
  2.    To shape and lead the organisation to deliver on the agreed vision and direction

This will be achieved by bringing together the collective wisdom and diverse talent of the organisation to:

  1. Create the right environment

  2. Prioritise resources

  3. Monitor and influence performance of the district and the organisation

  4. Set parameters for key policies and systems and key projects

  5. Determine responses to critical business issues

  6. Monitor and respond to the political environment

  7. Review and adjust the risk profile

  8. Communicate and profile Leadership Team accountabilities, and engage people in the outcomes

The Leadership Team is committed to role modelling the organisation's values and purpose.


Page reviewed: 04 Oct 2017 4:43pm