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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...

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.