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 Strategy and Compliance
The Strategy and Compliance Group is responsible for community engagement and the development of strategies, policies, bylaws, and plans for the Ashburton District. It also covers regulatory functions; regulatory compliance (alcohol licensing, animal control, environmental health, and parking) and regulatory services (building regulation, district planning, emergency management, and land information).
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.
Group Manager Service Delivery
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).
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
Our People & Capability Team are responsible for recruitment, learning & performance, internal policies, benefits, culture, health & safety, wellbeing, measuring performance and developing efficiencies in our business practices.
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