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Executive Members

Chief Executive

HAMISH RIACH

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

About Hamish

Hamish has 18 years’ experience in the local government sector, having held financial and chief executive roles across four district and city councils. He began his local government career at Christchurch City Council, before spending time at Manawatu, Mac​kenzie and Selwyn District Councils, where he was Chief Executive for two years. Hamish has also held several chief executive positions in the private sector, amassing 24 years of experience.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University and is a member of Taituarā — Local Government Professionals Aotearoa.

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Group Manager Compliance & Development

JANE DONALDSON ​

The Compliance & Development group is responsible for economic development and regulatory services including building regulation, district planning, emergency management, and land information. It also covers regulatory functions and compliance such as alcohol licensing, animal control, environmental health, and parking.

About Jane

Born and raised in Christchurch, Jane attended the University of Canterbury where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree. Jane has over 30 years’ experience in the local government sector, interspersed with overseas travel and 10 years living in other countries including Thailand, Australia, and the UK.​

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Group Manager Infrastructure & Open Spaces

​​NEIL MCCANN

The Infrastructure & Open Spaces group manages the district's open spaces, water, wastewater, stormwater, waste management, and roading infrastructure. It advises on existing and future needs of public utilities and infrastructure.​

About Neil

Neil has 20 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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Group Manager People & Facilities

​​​SARAH MOSLEY

Our People & Facilities group is responsible for EA Networks Centre, Ashburton Public Library, Ashburton Art Gallery & Museum and Customer Services teams. It also looks after recruitment, learning & performance, internal policies, benefits, culture, health & safety, wellbeing, measuring performance and developing efficiencies in our business practices.​

About Sarah

Sarah has held human resources roles in both private and public sectors. She graduated from the University of Canterbury with a degree in Commerce(double major), and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.

Sarah has seen Council's activities and facilities it provides the community increase significantly over the last 15 years in her position.​​

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Leanne MacdonaldGroup Manager Business Support

LEANNE MACDONALD

The Business Support group is responsible for communications, finance and billing, all Council buildings and Information Technology (IT) systems. These services are provided by the Group’s four teams; Finance, Commercial (Property), Communications and Information Systems.​

About Leanne

Leanne has experience in business support, finance and accounting roles at Central Otago District Council, Horizons Regional Council, Palmerston North Airport Ltd, Enable New Zealand, AgResearch and Massey University. She is a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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