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Smaller And More Strategic CHB District Council Leadership Team

To be released 20 November 2017 - MED201741

Consultation with Central Hawke’s Bay District Council (CHBDC) employees is now complete, and a decision has been made on the new Council leadership structure.
CHBDC Chief Executive Monique Davidson says the restructure will see the Executive Leadership Team reduced in size and its members will take on greater accountability across a broader range of portfolios.

“The change will move Council towards a more strategic focus from an operational focus. We will be more proactive in our communication and engagement with residents and stakeholders, and we will lift customer service across the whole organisation.”

Mrs Davidson says the decision was made following a robust consultation period that saw many well-thought-out submissions from Council Officers.

“It has been a difficult time for the individuals involved,” she says. “Overall though, most staff have been positive about the change. They can see the need for integration, innovation and improvements in customer services.”

Currently, the Chief Executive has ten direct reports, and that will now reduce to six – they are:

  • Group Manager Corporate Support and Services
  • Group Manager Community Infrastructure and Development
  • Group Manager Customer and Community Partnerships
  • People and Capability Manager
  • Organisation Transformation Lead
  • Executive Assistant

The decision includes the disestablishment of three senior managerial roles and one administration role. And, various reporting lines, duties and titles have changed due to the significant reorganisation of services.

“I am confident that the new structure will ensure that we can continue to lift performance through improved results, delivery of outcomes, greater efficiencies and emerging innovation within the organisation and wider community."

Mrs Davidson says the restructure will help ensure Council can fulfil Central Hawke’s Bay District's vision - to be a proud and prosperous district made up of strong communities and connected people who respect and protect our environment and celebrate our beautiful part of New Zealand.

“Central Hawke’s Bay is in a period of growth. If we are to take advantage of growth to secure a more stable economic future then we need an organisation that is fit for purpose,” she says.

All staff impacted by the changes have been offered support through the council’s Employee Assistance Program. The new positions will be advertised externally, and impacted staff have been encouraged to apply.

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Authorised by Chief Executive: Monique Davidson

Media contact
Monique Davidson, Chief Executive | P 06 857 8060 M 027 601 1711

21 November 2017

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