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    Leanne Brockelbank

    Deputy Chief Executive Operations

    Leanne leads LGNZ's finance, administration, IT and operational HR, supporting the Chief Executive to ensure the operation of LGNZ runs smoothly. She manages the administrative and internal governance functions of LGNZ, including any changes to processes,  to enable it to improve its efficiency in all areas of operation.

    Leanne holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration majoring in Accounting, Commercial Law and Human Resources as well as a Graduate Diploma from Victoria University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

    Away from the office, Leanne enjoys travelling and loves spending time with her family and friends.

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    Trudi Mackay

    Accounts Officer

    Trudi started working for LGNZ in May 2015.  Her role is to support the Chief Financial Officer in the accounts/finance function of the organisation.

    She has gained extensive previous experience in accounting roles for Chartered Accountants, private business and not-for-profit organisations, mainly in Tauranga and Hamilton.

    Away from the office Trudi enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and following netball.

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    James Mather

    Taskforce Coordinator

    James came on board as Taskforce Coordinator in November 2016.

    Prior to this role, James was appointed to manage the Wellington City Council Advisory Groups. He was responsible for relationship management and advocacy on behalf of the Pacific, Youth, Environmental, and Accessibility advisory groups.

    James brings a strong understanding of council operations and engagement as well as insights into elected member roles and responsibilities. Working with the mayors of New Zealand he aims to highlight and progress the economic issues facing New Zealand’s youth.

    James holds a BA in Philosophy from Victoria University. James is partial to indulging his passion in design, film, and death metal.

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    Rachel Prentice

    Team Administrator

    Rachel came to LGNZ in March of 2013. She provides support to LGNZ staff including document formatting, CMS management and project work.

    Previously, Rachel worked for New Zealand Post as a Secretariat Administrator. She spent three years at New Zealand Post working for Group Assurance and supported the Board.  

    Away from work Rachel enjoys reading and spending time with friends.  

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    Lisa Milnes

    Team Administrator

    Lisa joined LGNZ in May 2016. She provides support to LGNZ staff including document formatting, CMS management, event planning and project work.

    Lisa previously worked for the Ministry of Health as Team administrator for the National Quality group.

    Outside of work Lisa spends her time doing circus aerial silk and spending time with friends.

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    Frances Sullivan

    PacificTA Manager

    Frances is the programme manager for the Pacific TA programme, a local government technical assistance facility for Pacific Island Countries which has been operating since 2002 and is currently funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade until 2022.  Pacific TA supports local and central authorities in Pacific Island Countries to deliver more efficient and effective services at the local level.

    Frances, has worked for LGNZ since 2008 primarily as a Principal Policy Advisor, before taking on the programme manager role fulltime in June 2017. Frances brings a wealth of knowledge and advice in sector advocacy and stakeholder management in the key areas of building regulation and earthquake prone building policy, climate change, emissions trading scheme, natural hazards, flood risk management, solid waste, biosecurity, biodiversity, Commonwealth Local Government Forum.

    Prior to LGNZ Frances worked for Environment Canterbury as a Programme Manager for land, pests, water and air and the regulation group. Frances has GIS and remote sensing expertise which was utilised in her role as Land Resources Scientist at Environment Canterbury. She has also worked in Tanzania as a Community Development Advisor for a development association under the VSA umbrella and managed a family beef farm in South Westland.

    Frances has a strong passion for travelling and enjoys reading science fiction.

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    Tom McDonald

    Pacific TA Administrator

    Tom started LGNZ in September 2017, firstly as the receptionist, fresh from a five-year overseas stint spanning Europe, South America and Australia. Tom has taken up the new position of being the administrator for Pacific TA.

    Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University of Wellington, with majors in History and Political Science. He is also TESOL certified, with a passion for all things linguistic. 

    In his spare time, Tom writes, listens to The Veils, frequents Die! Die! Die! gigs and cooks up a plant-based storm (weather permitting of course). He revels in watching Michael Papps and the Firebirds light up The Basin Reserve and is decidedly partial to a pun.


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