Christchurch City Council announces five senior appointments
5 December 2003
Christchurch City Council chief executive Lesley McTurk today announced
the appointments of five managers to positions created as a result of a
Jane Parfitt, currently Chief Executive at Waimakariri District Council,
will become CCC’s City Environment General Manager; Stephen McArthur,
now Customer Services General Manager with Hutt City Council, will join
the Council as Community Services General Manager; Rob Dally, currently
CCC Property Manager, becomes Facility Assets Manager; Anusha Guler, now
Manager of the Secretariat at Auckland University, will join as Manager
of the Council Secretariat; and Richard Stokes, now General Manager of the
New Zealand Basketball League, has been appointed Marketing Manager.
Of 18 new positions which were publicly advertised as a result of the restructure,
Dr McTurk has now made nine appointments (four announced last week). She
told staff today she expects to announce four more appointments in the next
“The level of interest in these positions from within with Council,
from other local bodies and from other sectors has been high,” says
Dr McTurk. “The location of the roles in Christchurch was obviously
a real plus for many of the applicants.”
1) Process: After consultation, Dr McTurk decided on a new organisation
structure for the top two tiers of the City Council staff in
mid-September. Affected were 19 senior management positions which had
reported to the
previous City Manager. Of those, 11 roles were disestablished
and eight people were confirmed in new positions (because the new positions
significantly similar to their existing roles).
Managers in the disestablished roles were encouraged to apply for any of
18 newly created positions but were told that if their applications were
not successful, they would potentially be made redundant. Of the 11 managers
whose positions were disestablished, three have been re-employed in new
roles and seven have been made redundant. One role is under discussion.
Dr McTurk has told staff that redundancies which have resulted from her
restructuring process are no reflection on any of the managers’ performance
or contribution to the Council. The new positions were based on a different
set of capabilities and with a new structure. Managers who have been made
redundant have been offered support, including outplacement and career counselling.
2) Rationale: In announcing the new structure in September Dr McTurk said
her goal was to prepare the local body to deliver on the requirements of
the new Local Government Act and create a structure to align the organisation
around the strategic outcomes the City Council is seeking to achieve.
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