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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 Council.

Chief Executive

Nedine Thatcher Swann

Phone: DDI (06) 869 2414 Nedine Thatcher Swann CE
Email Nedine.Thatcher-Swann@gdc.govt.nz 

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 - Nick Zaman 
Chief Financial Officer - Pauline Foreman


Director Community Lifelines

David Wilson

Phone: DDI (06) 869 2356David Wilson
Email: David.Wilson@gdc.govt.nz

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:

♦ Tairawhiti Roads 
♦ Water, Wastewater and Stormwater 
♦ Rivers and Land Drainage 
♦ Lifelines Centre of Excellence

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.


Director Environmental Services & Protection

Nick Zaman 

Phone: DDI (06) 869 2862 Nick Zaman
Email: Nick.Zaman@gdc.govt.nz

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.  Nick is responsible for:

♦ Consents - Building, Planning 
♦ Science - Water, Soil, Coastal Resource Management, Biosecurity 
♦ Compliance - Environmental Health, Animal and Stock Control, Parking 
♦ Enforcement - Monitoring and Compliance 

Nick's Hub undertakes service delivery, policy and regulatory activities to promote a vibrant, wealthy, safe, healthy and attractive environment. 


Director Transformation & Relationships

Keita Kohere

Phone: DDI (06) 869 2720 Transformation Keita
Email: Keita.Kohere@gdc.govt.nz

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 
♦ Civil Defence Emergency Management 
♦ Strategic Planning 
♦ Performance  

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. 


Director Liveable Communities

Andrew White

Phone: DDI (06) 869 2721 Liveable Andrew
Email: Andrew.White@gdc.govt.nz

Liveable Communities contributes to the ongoing transformation of Council into a customer focused organisation that supports its unique community. Andrew is responsible for:

♦ Community Projects & Assets 
♦ Library, War Memorial Theatre, Lawson Field Theatre, Gisborne Soundshell 
♦ Parks, Open Spaces, Olympic Pool 
♦ Waste Management

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.


Director Internal Partnerships

James Baty

Phone: DDI (06) 869 2881James Baty
Email: James.Baty@gdc.govt.nz

Internal Partnerships drives the positive culture of GDC and contributes to the ongoing emphasis on being a customer focused organisation that supports its unique community. James is responsible for:

♦ People & Capability - HR, Health & Safety 
♦ Governance/Democracy Support Services 
♦ Legal Services 
♦ Information Systems 
♦ Risk & Assurance

James's Hub has a customer-focused ethos that is a culture of ‘customer first’, be they internal or external customers.

James believes Tairāwhiti is an incredible place to live, work and play - with its natural beauty, friendly people and relaxed lifestyle. To affect change he believes the community needs a coordinated and collaborative approach. “What we do at Council and how we operate affects peoples’ lives. Good customer service means helping customers efficiently and in a friendly manner. It's essential to be able to handle issues for customers and do our best to ensure they are satisfied.”


Chief Financial Officer - Finance & Affordability

Pauline Foreman

Phone DDI (06) 869 2899 Pauline Foreman CFO
Email: Pauline.Foreman@gdc.govt.nz 

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:

♦ Finance 
♦ Business Intelligence 
♦ 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.

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