Council appoints new Chief Executive

​Thursday 17 May, 2018

Ashburton District Council has today confirmed the appointment of a Chief Executive for the next five years.

As current CEO Andrew Dalziel has almost finished his five-year contract, the Local Government Act 2002 required that the Council either extend his appointment for a period of up to two years or advertise the role for a new term of up to five years.

“The Council decided last year to re-advertise the position for a five-year term to ensure longer-term stability for this crucial role,” Mayor Donna Favel said.  “An experienced recruitment provider was engaged to assist us and 30 applications were received for the role.”

As a result of this process, Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach has been appointed to lead the Council for the next five years. Prior to his work in the private sector, Mr Riach worked for 18 years in local government, including two years as Selwyn District Council’s Chief Executive.

Mayor Favel said the appointment was no reflection on Mr Dalziel who concluded several significant projects and introduced many positive changes at the Council in his five-year tenure. “On behalf of Ashburton District Council and the people of Ashburton, I wish to thank Andrew for his diligence, dedication, and commitment to both the Council and the district. We have enjoyed working with Andrew and wish him all the very best for the future.”

“The decision to appoint Mr Riach was made as a result of the interview process in which he performed exceptionally well,” Mayor Favel said. “Along with his well-known leadership ability, Mr Riach impressed us with his innovative thinking and focus on collaboration. He was also incredibly positive about Ashburton and the opportunities that exist for our district in the future.”

Mr Riach will take up his position at Ashburton District Council in mid-September. Jane Donaldson, the Council’s Group Manager Environmental Services, will be acting Chief Executive until then.

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