CCO Appointments - Do You Have the Right Stuff?

8 December 2010

Applications are being sought by the Wellington City Council for council controlled organisation (CCO) board directors and trustees.

CCOs are entities that have been set up to independently manage Council facilities, or deliver specific services and developments on behalf of Wellington residents.

Deputy Mayor Cr Ian McKinnon, Governance Portfolio Leader, says applications are open on a continuous basis throughout the year; however, the Council is looking to encourage Wellingtonians with the right skills to apply.

"This is a great opportunity for those people with suitable skills and experience who are passionate about Wellington and want to make a difference. We have an impressive talent pool in Wellington and we encourage people to apply!"

Wellington City Council appoints directors to remunerated positions on the following CCO boards: Capacity Infrastructure Services Ltd, Partnership Wellington Trust (PWT), Wellington Cable Car Ltd, Wellington Museums Trust, St James Theatre Charitable Trust / Wellington Venues Ltd and Wellington Zoo Trust. The Council also appoints directors to other entities such as Wellington Regional Stadium Trust, Wellington International Airport Ltd and Karori Sanctuary Trust.

Submitted applications will be added to the Council's candidate database, to be considered as vacancies arise. Typically the Council considers candidates for between four and eight vacancies a year, though this can vary. Appointments are usually for three years and may be renewed.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the Council was casting its net wide for applicants, in keeping with its aim of keeping its processes as open and inclusive as possible.

She said: "I would urge people to participate. We know there are many talented people in Wellington who would like to give something back to the city."

Board directors and trustees are selected and appointed based on the skills and requirements needed for each particular board. Key criteria for selection include:

  • senior executive (or similar) experience in governance
  • knowledge of board director or trustee responsibilities
  • an appreciation of CCO roles and their relationship with the Council
  • being a Wellington resident with a keen interest in the city
  • the ability to take a wide perspective on issues and think critically
  • common sense, integrity and a strong sense of ethics
  • knowledge relevant to the specific board opportunity.

Email your CV and a covering letter to ccoappointments@wcc.govt.nz. It will be kept in confidence until the Appointments Group has an appropriate opening. You will be contacted before any recommendation is made.