Ngā Tira Whakahaere

Our Management Team

Gisborne District Council's elected Council has one employee, the Chief Executive, Nedine Thatcher Swann who is responsible for implementing and managing Council’s policies and objectives within the budgetary constraints established by the Council.

Council's leadership team is referred to as the Central Organising Rōpū (COR). As a unitary authority, both territorial and regional council, we have around 300 staff who provide advice to the Council to make decisions and carry out the day-today operations of the activities.

Nedine Thatcher Swann
Nedine Thatcher Swann

Chief Executive
Nedine Thatcher-Swann

Phone: DDI (06) 869 2414 

The Chief Executive is supported by 6 directors and a chief financial officer, whose hubs reflect the range of activities that Council undertakes in order to contribute to the social, cultural, environmental and economic outcomes of our communities. The hubs are:

  • Community Lifelines
  • Internal Partnerships
  • Strategy and Science
  • Liveable Communities
  • Environmental Services & Protection
  • Finance and Affordability
  • Engagement and Maori Responsiveness
David Wilson
David Wilson

Director Community Lifelines

David Wilson

Phone: DDI (06) 869 2356

Community Lifelines manages Council’s capital and infrastructure assets.

  • Journeys (Local Roads)
  • 4 Waters - Drinking Water, Wastewater, Stormwater, Land. Rivers & Coastal
  • Solid Waste
  • Civil Defence Emergency Management

The Hub provides strategic direction for the future needs of our community in these essential lifelines.  Providing professional and integrated activity planning to ensure the capital works and maintenance programmes meet the infrastructural and service level needs of the community as determined by Council.

Helen Montgomery
Helen Montgomery

Director Environmental Services & Protection

Helen Montgomery

Phone: DDI (06) 869 2862 

Environmental Services and Protection promotes the sustainable management of the physical and natural resources of the district as well as contributes to the wellbeing of people and the built environment.

  • Consents - Building, Resource Consents
  • Integrated Catchments
  • Compliance - Environmental Health, Animal & Stock Control, Parking
  • Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement
  • Harbourmaster
James Baty
James Baty

Director Internal Partnerships

James Baty

Phone: DDI (06) 869 2881

Internal Partnerships delivers a range of support services to the organisation.

  • People & Capability - HR, Health & Safety
  • Democracy & Support Services
  • Cultural Activities (Library & Theatres)
  • Legal Services
  • Information Services - IT, Information Management, Land Information, Business Solutions & Business Analytics
  • Risk & Assurance

The Hub provides professional and customer-focused support services based on specialised knowledge, best practices and technology to serve our internal and external customers.

Pauline Foreman
Pauline Foreman

Chief Financial Officer - Finance & Affordability

Pauline Foreman

Phone DDI (06) 869 2899 

Finance and Affordability deliver a range of integrated support services to the organisation.

  • Finance
  • Revenue
  • Planning & Performance
  • Internal Audit
  • Risk Support

The hub lead and support the social, cultural, economic and environmental development of our communities – Mō tātou te Tairāwhiti.

Anita Reedy-Holthausen
Anita Reedy-Holthausen

Director Engagement and Maori Responsiveness

Anita Reedy-Holthausen

Phone: DDI (06) 869 2647

Engagement and Maori Responsiveness is about being a committed and responsible Treaty partner and delivering exceptional customer services, communication and engagement practices to our community.

  • Te Kai Arataki Tuia Whakapakari
  • Customer Service
  • Communication and Engagement
  • Culture and Development
  • Funding

We work on developing a culture to deliver services that supports us to achieve the vision and values that make Tairāwhiti a great place for our whanau to live, work and play.

We actively seek funding from stakeholders to lessen the burden on our ratepayers.

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Liveable Communities


Liveable Communities contributes to Council as a customer focused organisation that supports its unique community.

  • Liveable Spaces (Aquatic Services, Amenity and Horticulture, Cemeteries)
  • Community Assets and Resources
  • Community Projects

The Hub ensures the effective delivery of community facilities to meet the community’s needs at the strategic level through managing safe, fun and engaging places and spaces.

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Chief of Strategy and Science

Joanna Noble

Phone: (06) 869 2430

Strategy and Science are responsible for:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Environmental Monitoring & Science
  • MAR project

The Hub provides specialist skills in strategy and policy, multifunction project management and economic development.