Simon Randall

Policy and Advocacy Manager, scientist, policy wonk, hiker

“Local communities and their representatives have a huge role in solving so many of the big issues we are facing as a nation and world – and it is critical that they are empowered do this.”

Simon Randall joined LGNZ in February 2023, drawn to the opportunity of being part of important conversations in policy and advocacy during a pivotal time for local government.

With qualifications in Biosecurity and Conservation, Simon brings a unique set of skills to the role and has 15 years of experience in local government — including first-hand experience of being an elected member as Chairman of the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board and across several senior staff roles at Auckland Council.

For Simon, the most rewarding aspect of working in the local government space is witnessing the significant difference that local leadership can make. In his role at LGNZ, Simon aims to ensure that local government remains a prominent part of national kōrero and works hard to amplify their voice and influence.

Outside of work, Simon is a big fan of the great outdoors and indulges his love for nature through hiking. Having recently shifted from Auckland to Wellington, he’s familiarising himself with Te Whanganui-a-Tara and has embraced the LGNZ team’s mission to find the best cheese scone in Wellie.