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New CouncilMARK™ report drills into Dunedin City Council performance

February 26, 2019

Dunedin City Council is the latest local authority to receive a CouncilMARK™ report from the programme’s Independent Assessment Board (IAB), which has identified an organisation that has overcome legacy financial...

CouncilMARK™ report: New Plymouth facing unique challenges

March 5, 2019

A CouncilMARK™ report issued for New Plymouth District Council says that while the region has experienced relative prosperity and growth, changes to the economy of New Zealand’s ‘energy capital’ may...

CouncilMARK™ report delivers ‘A’ grade to small council doing big things

March 13, 2019

The Independent Assessment Board which oversees CouncilMARK™, the local government excellence programme, has today awarded Hauraki District Council with an A rating, citing stand out performance in governance, strategy and...

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    Toby Stevenson (Chair)

    Independent assessment board

    Toby Stevenson, Director of Sapere Research Group and independent company director, is the inaugural chair of the Independent Assessment Board to oversee the local government ratings system. 

    Mr Stevenson brings a wealth of experience to the role as both an independent director and an economist with 30 years’ experience in strategic risk management.

    Mr Stevenson has significant experience as an independent consultant and director.  He has provided independent evidence on economic benefits for resource consent applications with a number of local authorities and has given expert evidence in the Environment Court and Employment Relations Authority in New Zealand.  He sat on the Ministerial Review of the Electricity Industry in 2009 that led to 29 changes to the electricity industry being passed in legislation.  Mr Stevenson is also the Chairman of King Country Energy.

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    Albert Brantley

    Independent assessment board member

    Mr Brantley is a former chief executive of Genesis Energy and current chief executive of Ōtākaro Limited, the Crown-owned company tasked with delivering Christchurch’s anchor projects.

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    Debbie Birch

    Independent assessment board member

    Ms Birch has more than 30 years’ experience in global financial markets offshore and in New Zealand and most recently has been GM, Investments with Te Tumu Paeroa. Previously Ms Birch has held senior executive positions in major global banks and also ran her own funds management business in Australia.