Deputy Chief Executive Advocacy
Helen joined LGNZ in 2013 and leads the advocacy, policy, communications and stakeholder functions as its Deputy Chief Executive Advocacy.
Helen holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and an MBA, and has a strong commercial background. She has previously held senior leadership roles in general management, marketing and product development in New Zealand’s leading NZX-listed, public, private and membership organisations across financial services, energy, consumer goods, telecommunications and agriculture sectors.
Outside of work Helen has governance interests, is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, and is a keen supporter of local sport.
Principal Policy Advisor
Mike has been employed at LGNZ since 1996 during which time he has worked in a diverse range of policy areas including local governance, elected member development, legislative change, social policy, relationships with Maori and local democracy. Mike completed his PhD in public policy in 2011 and is currently on the board of the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies. He speaks regularly on local government matters and has published widely.
Principal Policy Advisor
Clare began working at LGNZ in December of 2009. She provides advice, sector advocacy and stakeholder management in the key area of the Resource Management Act review and its implementation. Her other areas of responsibility are dog control, rural fire, Marine and Coastal Area Act and coastal planning.
Clare has a Bachelor of Regional Planning with Honours and has experience working in the resource management area with both local government and the private sector. She is a member of the New Zealand Planning Institute.
When Clare is away from the office she enjoys walking, spending time with her children and curling up with a good book.
Principal Policy Advisor
Philip has been working at LGNZ since November 2010. He provides policy advice and project management expertise on development and infrastructure reporting through the LGNZ Economic Development Committee. Philip’s current work includes, sector manager of Metro Mayors forum, project manager of the New Zealand Core Cities Project, stakeholder engagement for tourism and economic development regional forums, course development for KnowHow China training and Project Manager for LGNZ’s Project Horizon.
Philip has a Bachelor of Science majoring in zoology from Otago University, a Diploma in Business majoring in marketing from Auckland University and is an accredited Economic Development Professional awarded through the EDANZ professional development programme. He brings a strong mix of both private and public sector experience to LGNZ. This includes nine years in senior marketing roles in the building industry, five years as a company director of two start up’s including an IT company, three and a half years as Chief Executive of the Wanganui Chamber of Commerce and 10 years experience working in senior economic development roles for both the Dunedin City Council and the Wanganui District Council.
Away from the office there is a good chance you will find Philip spending time with his young family. He enjoys all ball sports, especially golf, and is interested in cooking and photography.
Principal Regulatory Advisor
Tom started work at LGNZ in August 2014 as a Principal Policy Advisor – with a strong focus on infrastructure and regulatory matters.
Tom is originally from Seattle and spent his early career in large scale urban planning developments. Most recently he has consulted to the US Federal Government assigned to infrastructure and construction projects, and is well versed in data driven projects and project management.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a Master of Arts in City and Regional Planning as well as a Master of Science in Housing from the London School of Economics.
Away from work Tom likes to spend his time with his wife and young son, playing soccer and improving his photography.
Joe joined LGNZ as a communications advisor in June 2016. He has a particular focus on media relations, publications and social media.
Prior to joining the team Joe spent two years as a media advisor for an Auckland tertiary education provider, and five years as a journalist in several North Island centres.
Outside of work Joe enjoys spending time with his family, which includes two very young children and one very old dog. In a previous life Joe worked as a chef in New Zealand and London and still enjoys getting into the kitchen.
Amanda joined LGNZ as a communications advisor in August 2016. She has a particular focus on events, sponsorship, website and brand management.
Amanda is a marketing and communications generalist, often changing industry when changing roles. Prior to joining the team Amanda has worked for a print production company, an intellectual property law firm, a retirement villages owner operator and a well-known Wellington hotel.
Outside of work Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, mini-me daughter and a very small dog with a big personality.
LGEP Programme Manager
Angela joined LGNZ in June 2017 as the Programme Manager for the Local Government Excellence Programme, CouncilMARKTM.
Angela has a Bachelor of Regional Planning (Honours) from Massey University. She has worked in Central Government for 15 years at both the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry for the Environment in leadership and senior policy advisor roles. Angela has previously worked at Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council in resource management and transport planning roles. She is a member of the Resource Management Law Association and sits on the Wellington Branch Committee.
Outside of work Angela enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, and is a fair weather supporter of the Wellington Phoenix football club.
Grace joined LGNZ in July 2017 as a Policy Advisor with a focus on environmental and social policy issues.
Grace has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science from the University of Canterbury. She has previously practiced law, and worked for two and a half years as an employment, health and safety and resource management lawyer for a national law firm. Grace has previously served as a member of New Plymouth District Council’s Youth Subcommittee, which she chaired for two years. During her university years, Grace worked for New Plymouth District Council in the Community Development and Corporate Strategy and Policy teams, with a particular focus on increasing engagement of youth in local government issues and processes.
Outside of work Grace has an interest in art and public art initiatives and enjoys cooking and exploring Wellington’s cafes and restaurants.