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CouncilMARK™ Independent Assessment Board releases latest council reports

August 28, 2018

The Independent Assessment Board which oversees the local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ has released today the reports of council assessments and ratings for Environment Canterbury and Upper Hutt City Council.

Mackenzie District Council receives B CouncilMARK™ rating

May 28, 2018

Communities are being served well by the Mackenzie District Council, a report completed under the local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ shows.

Greater Wellington Regional Council receives AA CouncilMARK™ rating

March 8, 2018

Wellingtonians are being well served by the Greater Wellington Regional Council, a report completed under the local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ shows.

  • PeterCrow

    Peter Crow

    Independent assessor

    Peter Crow is an accredited company director who also advises boards and directors internationally on corporate purpose, strategy and corporate governance. His deep knowledge, insight and boardroom experience has proven to be invaluable to the fortunes of emergent and established companies alike, and social enterprises. Peter’s expertise extends across many sectors including professional services, high technology, agribusiness, logistics and distribution, local government, social enterprise and health. He also undertakes governance research, reviews boards and governance practices, speaks at conferences and other events, presents professional development courses and is a published author.

    Peter holds a Bachelor of Technology (1st-class Honours); a Postgraduate Certificate in Business; and, a Doctor of Philosophy in Corporate Governance and Strategy, all from Massey University. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors (CMInstD), and a member of several international academies and professional institutes.

  • AdamFeeley

    Adam Feeley

    Independent assessor

    Adam is a lawyer by profession who has previously held a number of senior management positions in the public and private sectors, including chief executive roles for Queenstown Lakes District Council; the NZ Serious Fraud Office; and the Eden Park Redevelopment Board.

    In addition to extensive experience in New Zealand local and central government, he has had consulting and private sector management roles in Australia, the Pacific, the UK, and Europe. His areas of expertise include: local government and infrastructure; law enforcement; commercial law and insolvency; and public registries.

    Adam is a chartered director of the IOD and, in addition to his work with LGNZ, he currently provides advice to a variety of local government, central government, and private sector clients on organisational reviews; governance; strategy and business planning; and business case development. He is also an independent director for Rationale Ltd, a professional services firm advising on infrastructure planning and investment.

  • AnnaKominik

    Anna Kominik

    Independent assessor

    Anna is an experienced practising director, evaluator and communications professional, with more than 20 years experience in local government, boards and senior management.

    An award-winning former journalist, she has held senior management roles in both the public and private sectors, including the NZ Rugby Union and Telecom New Zealand. She was press secretary to two New Zealand Prime Ministers and has worked for former Commonwealth Secretary General Sir Donald McKinnon.

    Anna currently runs her own company Axiom Strategy and Communication Ltd, providing communication and stakeholder engagement counsel to clients in the local government sector, the private sector, and not-for-profit.

    Indicative contributions include:

    * Directorships in SMEs and social enterprise
    * Independent advisor, facilitator and speaker on reputation management, stakeholder engagement and corporate governance.
    * Trusted adviser at executive level, working with chairs, boards and executives on high profile stakeholder engagement projects.
    * Design and delivery of professional development programmes including the Institute of Directors, the International Association for Business Communicators and Melcrum.
    * Published in the area of reputation management and stakeholder engagement.
    * Speaker and panellist at conferences and forums in New Zealand and overseas.

    Anna has built two successful companies and sits on the boards of the New Zealand String Quartet and the Wellington Performing Arts Foundation. She also sits on the Board of the Peter McKenzie Project, a multimillion dollar fund aimed at addressing child poverty in New Zealand.

    She is a member of the Institute of Directors and was a 2010 Commonwealth Foundation Emerging Pacific Leader. She has a Masters degree from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Chicago and was a Rotary International Scholar.

  • JamesLockhart

    James Lockhart

    Independent assessor

    James is a Senior Lecturer at Massey University’s Business School (Palmerston North) and a credentialled and practising company director. He teaches and researches in strategic management and corporate governance, and is responsible for the delivery of the College’s business internship and professional practice (Management) courses. He has designed and delivered corporate governance development programmes for a wide range of organisations from what was CCMAU (now Treasury, for SOE directors); corporates including Fonterra; and, smaller organisations, such as Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Māori Medical Practitioners Assoc.) and Te Ataarangi. James’s governance experience has been gained across both the public and private sectors, including Greenlea where he chaired the Audit Committee; Vision Manawatu (incl. 4 years as chair); and, T H Enterprises Limited (also as chair). He currently holds two directorships and is on the Defence Employers Support Council.

    James holds a Master of Agricultural Science (Honours) in Farm Management from Massey University; a Doctor of Philosophy in International Business from the University of Auckland; and, is a graduate from the Canadian Militia Command and Staff College at Fort Frontenac, Ontario (awarded the title pmsc). James is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and a member of the Academy of Management, Pace University, New York.

    He spent 12 years as an Officer in the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (Territorial Force) and excelled in light infantry being awarded the Charles Upham Sword of Honour at Officer Cadet School (Waiouru), and topping the class at Staff College. He spent time in the jungle, the desert and the mountains, and instructed at Tactical School. Beyond work, James farms with his family north of Feilding in the Manawatu where he upholds his passion for ‘hard yakka’, through fencing and shearing. James, and his wife Caroline have three teenage children.

  • DavidMoore

    David Moore

    Independent assessor

    David advises on complex strategy, public policy and commercial issues. He is internationally regarded for his work in pharmaceutical management and is expert in both market and non-market valuations. David has advised in a wide range of sectors, including primary industries, healthcare, advanced materials, food and beverage, and in media and digital. David has given expert testimony in New Zealand and Australia, and has consulted in Asia, Europe, and the Pacific.

    David is trained as an accountant and an economist. He holds a Masters of Commerce from Auckland University and a Diploma in Health Economics from Tromso University. He is a member of LEANZ (Law and Economics Association of NZ), a Chartered Accountant, and is a member of the Institute of Directors. In 2015, David was made an Honorary Member of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners. He is also a State Services Commission appointed Performance Improvement Framework reviewer

  • MurrayStrong

    Murray Strong

    Independent assessor

    Murray Strong is an independent chairman and a professional director. He has governance experience in the education, professional services, local government and Crown entity sectors, private sector organisations and large public sector infrastructure and construction projects.

    His experience includes:

    - Independent Chairman of three public infrastructure projects post-earthquake in Christchurch.
    - Senior roles with Air New Zealand
    - Independent Chairman of the Lincoln Hub build project
    - Director on the Board of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
    - Independent Director National Infrastructure Board, Ministry of Education
    - Two Crown Commissioner roles, including one in the tertiary sector at WITT, replacing the full Board and assuming the all legal, compliance, legislative and actual powers of the former Boards
    - A range of private consulting roles in the finance and tourism sectors.
    - Two CEO roles of national sporting organisations
    - Working with Ministry of Social Development service provider Boards to improve their practice and oversight of public funds
    - Working with Boards to improve their performance in the areas of strategic development, governance effectiveness, board dynamics and utilising board performance evaluation techniques to benchmark and improve current practice
    - Regular speaking engagements on governance, strategy, and digital and technological change for the Institute of Directors and is speaker coach and MC for TEDx, Queenstown.
    - Independent Chairman of the Canterbury International Education Leadership Accord working with central and local government and education providers.

    Mr Strong is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. He holds both undergraduate and post-graduate Masters qualifications.

  • RossVintiner

    Ross Vintiner

    Independent assessor

    Ross is a strategist, social marketer and communication engagement specialist. His experience covers top level strategic advice to Prime Ministers, CEOs and clients in the fields of energy, transport, environment, health, justice, housing, local government, finance, mergers, issues management, and fundraising.

    Ross is an independent consultant and his recent work includes advising Local Government New Zealand on brand, stakeholder engagement, reputation, local body elections and issues management.

    Ross has governance experience as a board and company director. He holds post-graduate qualifications in journalism and politics.

  • Bruce Robertson

    Bruce Robertson

    Bruce works with the many local authorities including being an independent member of Audit and Risk Committees for Auckland City Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Environment Southland, Far North District Council, Southland District Council, Thames-Coromandel District Council and Waipa District Council.

    Much of his consultancy work intersects the key local government disciplines of financial, asset and strategic management. In his prior role as Assistant Auditor-General he oversaw the audit of the last for LTP rounds and reported extensively at sector level on the quality of forecasting and planning.

    Recent review work of local authorities has included a “health check” of the local authorities affected by the Kaikoura earthquake which focused on their capability and capacity after the earthquake and the aspects of Hastings District Council’s three waters operations in the post-Havelock North environment. He also recently completed a joint engagement on asset metadata standards which provide the potential to advance those three disciplines - financial, asset and strategic management.

    Bruce is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce and Arts.

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    Jono Naylor

    Jono is an experienced facilitator, communicator and adviser who works with individuals, organisations and communities to enable them to realise their potential. As a former Member of Parliament, Mayor and City Councillor he has spent 16 years in the political arena where he gained a reputation as a creative problem solver.  Outside of politics Jono has held a number of governance positions including on boards and the LGNZ national council. He is committed to sound practice to ensure high performance and excellent  results are achieved. Jono holds a BSW (Hons) from Massey University and is a member of the Institute of Directors.