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 (also referred to as COR). Council has a total staff of 384, which includes permanent, casual, fixed-term and part–time staff, who provide advice to the Council to make decisions and carry out the day-today operations of the activities.
Nedine Thatcher Swann
Phone: DDI (06) 869 2414
The Chief Executive is supported by 5 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 and their directors are:
Director Community Lifelines - David Wilson
Director Internal Partnerships - James Baty
Director Transformation & Relationships - Keita Kohere
Director Liveable Communities - Andrew White
Director Environmental Services & Protection - Helen Montgomery
Chief Financial Officer - Pauline Foreman
Phone: DDI (06) 869 2356
Community Lifelines is responsible for the effective management of Council’s capital and infrastructure assets and the provision of all associated services. David is responsible for:
♦ Journeys (Local Roads)
♦ 4 Waters - Drinking Water, Wastewater, Stormwater, Rivers & Land Drainage
♦ Civil Defence Emergency Management
David's 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.
Phone: DDI (06) 869 2862
Environmental Services and Protection's purpose is to promote the sustainable management of the physical and natural resources of the district as well as contribute to the wellbeing of people and the built environment. Helen is responsible for:
♦ Consents - Building, Resource Consents
♦ Compliance - Environmental Health, Animal & Stock Control, Parking
♦ Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement
♦ Environmental Risk
Helen's Hub undertakes service delivery, policy and regulatory activities to promote a vibrant, wealthy, safe and healthy environment.
Phone: DDI (06) 869 2720
Transformation and Relationships Hub support the Mayor, Councillors, Chief Executive and Central Organising Roopu in achieving the high-level objective of promoting and advancing community wellbeing (social, environmental, economic and cultural) throughout our district.
Keita is responsible for:
♦ Community Engagement - Communications and Customer Service
♦ Strategic Planning
♦ Planning & Performance
♦ Environmental Science & Monitoring
♦ MAR project
Keita's Hub delivers community planning such as the Ten Year Plan, Annual Plan, Annual Report and Community Outcomes as well as supporting performance management, policy and cross-portfolio strategy development across the organisation. They provide specialist skills in strategy and policy, community relations, community programme funding and delivery, multifunction project management and/or economic development.
Phone: DDI (06) 869 2721
Liveable Communities contributes to the ongoing transformation of Council into a customer focused organisation that supports its unique community. Andrew is responsible for:
♦ Liveable Spaces (Aquatic Services, Amenity and Horticulture, Cemeteries)
♦ Cultural Activities (Theatres and Library)
♦ Community Assets & Resources (Solid Waste, Asset Management)
♦ Integrated Catchments (Soil Conservation, Biosecurity
♦ Community Projects
Andrew's Hub provides professional and integrated activity planning, ensuring the effective delivery of the community facilities to meet the community’s needs at the strategic level through managing safe, fun and engaging places and spaces.
Phone: DDI (06) 869 2881
Internal Partnerships drives the positive culture of Council and contributes to the ongoing emphasis of being a customer focused organisation across a range of support services. James is responsible for:
♦ People & Capability - HR, Health & Safety, Organisational Culture
♦ Democracy & Support Services - Elections
♦ Legal Services
♦ Information Services - IT, Information Management, Land Information, Business Solutions & Business Analytics
♦ Risk & Assurance
James's Hub provides professional and customer-focused support services based on specialised knowledge, best practices and technology to serve our internal and external customers.
James believes Tairāwhiti is an incredible place - with its natural beauty, friendly people and relaxed lifestyle. To effect change he believes the community needs a coordinated and collaborative approach and that Council plays a significant role in leading this direction.
Phone DDI (06) 869 2899
Finance and Affordability deliver a high performance culture, superior customer services, and integrated services in accordance with our vision and values in order to “Lead and support the social, cultural, economic and environmental development of our communities – Mō tātou te Tairāwhiti”. Pauline is responsible for:
♦ Internal Audit
♦ Risk Support
Pauline wants to make a difference to our Gisborne community. I want people to feel that they can live and enjoy their life, and that I can help to make that sustainable for their families and our future generations.