Deputy Chief Executive Operations
Leanne leads the internal operations of the organisation. She manages the finance, HR, administration and internal governance functions.
Leanne is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Graduate Diploma from Victoria University majoring in Accounting, Commercial Law and Human Resources. A well connected professional, a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) and the Institute of Directors (IOD).
Away from the office, Leanne is a mother to two young children. She enjoys travelling and HIIT training.
Trudi started working for LGNZ in May 2015. Her role is to support the Deputy Chief Executive Operations 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.
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!
Pacific TA Programme 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.
Taskforce Coordinator, Mayors Taskforce for Jobs
Noa came on board as Taskforce Coordinator in late October 2018.
Prior to this role Noa worked as the Head of Youth Engagement at Inspiring Stories and founded a social enterprise supporting young parents called Increase Clothing. Noa is 20 (half way to 40) and a keen advocate for young people and also spoke at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland and was the Keynote Address at the New Zealand Youth Awards 2018.
Noa brings with him experience across marketing and communications, youth engagement, business development and public speaking.
Outside of his role Noa enjoys being a Dad, spending time with whanau, watching the UFC and training.
Raquel comes from a varied background of administrative and customer focussed roles, and joined LGNZ in April 2019 after her most recent position as Team Administrator at Forté Recruitment.
Aside from her administrative roles, Raquel is a professionally trained dancer and has travelled to India where she performed in live shows, movies and music videos. In her free time Raquel enjoys cooking, baking and decorating cakes and spending time with family, friends, and her fur-babies Benji and Diego.