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Council's Management/Strategy Team is made up of the following key staff:



Peter Till (BE, CoP Economics)

Chief Executive

Peter started with Council in 2004, following a varied career in local body infrastructure in New Zealand and overseas.

In 2010, Peter moved from Group Manager Asset Management to Deputy Chief Executive, with a particular role as District Engineer with responsibilities for the Roading and Finance Teams.

He was appointed Chief Executive in December 2011.

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Margaret Hawthorne (BBS)

Group Manager Community Services

Margaret  has been with Council for 14 years, 11 as Team Leader in the Property and Recreation Services area.  She has now been appointed Group Manager Community Services.

The activities undertaken by the Community Services team includes resource consents, property, community facilities, health and liquor and solid waste.  Margaret also oversees the activity of Civil Defence Emergency Management for Council, which is contracted to Horizons Regional Council.

The wide range of activities is challenging and extremely interesting, with a high level of community engagement.

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Pauline Welch  BA Policy and Politics (Double Major), MPP
Group Manager Customer Services

Pauline has recently been appointed Group Manager Customer Services, after serving five years as the Team Leader Strategic Development.

This role encompasses Customer Services, Building Consents Applications and Inspections, Libraries and Policy.

Pauline has been with Council for almost nine years and has a Masters in Public Policy from Victoria University.

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Pam Bicknell    B Comm (Econ), CA, CPIM

Group Manager Corporate Services/Chief Financial Officer

Pam joined Council from Fonterra, where she was an Accounting Services Manager, responsible for 12 Accountants who looked after 43 offshore entities.

Prior to Fonterra, Pam was based in Kent, England, for five years, where she worked for Jones Lang LaSalle's Facilities Management team in Finance and Commercial roles, as well as travelling in Europe at every opportunity. Earlier in her career, she worked for Tasman District Council and its LATE for seven years.

Pam believes that, although local government mostly provides our basic day-to-day services like water and wastewater, the sector is anything but dull as a place to work. "With an asset base of over $300 million and an asset renewal programme of around $90 million planned over the next ten years Ruapehu ratepayers need a high level of surety that Council's finances are well managed."

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Jackie Mastrovich

Human Resources Manager

Jackie joined Ruapehu District Council in 2001 as a Support Officer in the Asset Group. She has taken on a variety of responsibilities, moving through to an Executive Assistant role, then to the Human Resources office as HR Advisor.  Jackie is now Human Resources Manager.

Jackie sees her current role as a great opportunity to work with management to ensure Council is a good employer and to continue to create an environment where staff feel that Ruapehu is a great place to live, work and, of course, play.

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Anne-Marie Westcott   BSc MBA

Environmental Manager

Anne-Marie commenced work with Council in 2003 as Team Leader Solid Waste, adding the three waters role of Water Supply, Wastewater and Stormwater in 2006.  She has now been appointed as Environmental Manager.

The activities undertaken are Water, Wastewater and Stormwater, with new roles of Biodiversity, Strategic Solid Waste information, Local Government Amendment Act Changes, Strategic Policies and Advice.  This covers a wide variety of sciences and strategic information for Council moving into an evolving local body environment with a new District Plan.

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Warren Furner

Land Transport Manager

Warren joined Council in 2008 as Team Leader, responsible for Council's Land Transport business unit. 

He was previously employed by the Department of Conservation (Tongariro-Taupo Conservancy) for 15 years, as Programme Manager for concessions, statutory land management and infrastructure.

In 2012, Warren was appointed Land Transport Manager, with additional responsibilities for economic development and the regional tourism organisation, Visit Ruapehu.

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Tim Leahy   MBA PMP

Information Manager

Tim came to Council in 1998 from the Kawerau District Council, where he had been Manager Finance and Corporate Services.

He has filled various support roles while at Council and is now Information Manager, responsible for ICT, GIS, administration, document management, asset management systems, the website and the way that staff use these internal information resources.

Tim sees the management of information as a key foundation on which to build great external services to Council's customers.

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