Executive Team

​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​Biographies


Hamish Riach 
Chief Executive

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 the Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM).

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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 prepares Council's Long Term Plan, Annual Plan and Council's Annual Report.

The Business Support group provides support for other units and groups within Council.

Paul has more than 25 years' of local government experience. He holds a degree in Commerce from Canterbury University. Paul is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA), the Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM) and​ the International City Managers Association (ICMA).

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​​​Sarah Mosley
People and Capability Manager

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

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 10 years in her position.​​

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Group Manager Community Services​​

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Role of Executive Team

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


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