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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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    Lisa Milnes

    Team Support

    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 is an avid Netflix watcher, loves to sleep and is patiently waiting for Crash Team Racing to come out on PS4.

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    Stephane Mino-Vercellio

    Team Support

    A native Frenchman, Stephane emigrated to New Zealand in early 2018 after 13 years as logistics manager with the Embassy of France in London.  An experienced administrator, he looks forward to supporting the LGNZ team.  Outside of work Stephane enjoys time with his family, and discovering all the wild and wonderful places New Zealand has to offer. Kia Ora and Bonjour!

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    Amber O'Fee

    Team Support

    Amber has worked for LGNZ in temp and contract roles including team support, accounts and communications since 2013. 

    In between contracts with LGNZ, she has lived and worked in Colombia, Mexico and Mt Maunganui.  Prior to her time with LGNZ, Amber has worked in a variety of industries, in roles spanning PA, office manager, planning, finance and funding, helpdesk, team admin and teacher aide, and she is currently studying health part-time. 

    Outside of work, Amber eats an awful lot of dumplings, far too much cake, and loves a Briscoes one day sale.

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    Frances Sullivan

    PacificTA Manager

    Frances is the programme manager for the PacificTA 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.  PacificTA 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

    PacificTA Administrator

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

    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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