New Names Join Key Wellington Organisations

20 July 2011

Following a region-wide search for new candidates, Wellington City Council has made a number of appointments, and reappointments, to several key Council-controlled organisations (CCOs) in the city.

Council-controlled organisations are separate entities set up by the Council to independently manage facilities, or deliver specific services and developments, in order to help achieve the Council's goals for Wellington.

In November 2010, the Council advertised for suitably-qualified Wellingtonians to register their interest in serving on a CCO board. This announcement, combined with a review of the Council's policy on the appointment and remuneration of directors and trustees in March, provided the context for the latest round of appointments.

A shortlist for each vacancy was compiled from a database which, of course, included people who responded to the public announcement, and all of the appointments were considered and recommended to the Council by its Appointments Group. This Group comprises Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, Deputy Mayor Ian McKinnon, Council Chief Executive Garry Poole, and the Chair of the Council-controlled Organisations Monitoring Subcommittee, Alan Isaac.

The appointments were confirmed at the Council's meeting on 29 June.

The following new Council representatives have been appointed for three-year terms:

  • Wellington Museums Trust: Jackie Lloyd and Jo Bransgrove
  • Wellington Cable Car Limited: Nicki Crauford.

Derek McCorkindale has been appointed as a new Council representative to Wellington Waterfront Limited for a 2.5-year term.

Two City Councillors were also appointed as new representatives:

  • Cr Paul Eagle to Wellington Venue Limited for the remaining six months of the board's original transition period. 
  • Cr Justin Lester to Wellington Waterfront Limited for 2.5 years.

The Council gratefully acknowledged the services of Mark Petersen during his tenure as a director of Wellington Waterfront Limited.

Acting Mayor Ian McKinnon says: "The city is fortunate to have such experienced and talented individuals willing to serve the city in this way. These CCOs are responsible for the delivery of services in a manner appropriate to this dynamic and creative city - but also in a way that is cost-effective. The CCOs look after the likes of our beloved Waterfront, Cable Car, City Gallery and Museum of Wellington City and Sea, and venues like the St James Theatre and the Town Hall and Michael Fowler Centre."

Profiles of Appointees

Dr Nicki Crauford - Wellington Cable Car Ltd

Nicki was formerly the Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors. She is a Director of the Centre of Advanced Engineering, and a Director of a number of private companies. She has over 25 years' experience in the oil, electricity and gas sectors in the UK and New Zealand, including nearly 10 years with the national grid owner, Transpower, where she was a member of the executive team.

Nicki is currently contracted to the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) as Deputy CEO. She is also a director of Genesis Energy.

Nicki is an accredited member of the Institute of Directors and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jackie Lloyd - Wellington Museums Trust

Recently appointed as a director on the board of New Zealand Post, Jackie has 20 years' experience in leadership roles. She was Global HR Director of the New Zealand Dairy Board and for two years worked as part of the change management team involved in setting up Fonterra. From 2003 to 2007, she was Country Manager for Hewitt Associates and until February 2011 was Managing Principal of the New Zealand branch of The Gallup Organisation.

Jackie has been awarded the 2011 Aspiring Director Study Award by the Wellington Branch Committee of the Institute of Directors.

Jo Bransgrove - Wellington Museums Trust

Jo is a chartered accountant and the President of the Employers Chamber of Commerce Central. She is Deputy Chair of Consumer NZ and the director and owner of Omori Ltd (trading as ORA Design Gallery), specialising in contemporary New Zealand art and design.

Previous management roles have included Group GM Corporate for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, CFO of Industry New Zealand and CEO of the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

Cr Paul Eagle - Wellington Venues Ltd

Paul is a City Councillor, representing the Southern Ward. He has over 10 years' experience in brand and events management working in the community and economic development sectors.

Recent roles include managing the events team at Manukau City Council, and developing events related strategies for Sport and Recreation New Zealand, the NZ Transport Agency and the Major Events Group at the Ministry of Economic Development.

Cr Justin Lester - Wellington Waterfont Ltd

Justin is a City Councillor, representing the Northern Ward.

He has a strong background in asset and property management services, including senior roles at two of the largest providers of global commercial real estate services. Most recently, he served as a Director of Property and Asset Management Services at Jones Lang LaSalle. Previously he was an Executive Member of the Wellington branch of the Property Council and an Associate Director, Asset Services, for CB Richard Ellis.

Justin is a co-founder of Kapai New Zealand (a retail chain of food outlets). He has a Master of Laws in International Law from the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and is a board member of Capital Football.

Derek McCorkindale - Wellington Waterfront Ltd

Derek is a consultant with over 30 years' experience in banking and finance. He is a former Director of Structured Finance for BNZ's Corporate and Institutional Banking group and was a Credit Controller in the BNZ Risk Division for a number of years. He provides financial and risk advice to a number of NZ financial institutions.

Derek is a Director of the New Zealand Export Credit Office, Oxford Finance Corporation Ltd and the finance subcommittee of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.

He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.