The Chief Executive oversees the operational structure of Ashburton District Council.
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, Mackenzie 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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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).
People and Capability Manager
The People and Capability team provide human resource services for Council, ensuring that Council is a good employer.
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.
Role of Executive Team