Buller District Council

Council Management

The Council staff is headed by a Chief Executive, who oversees a management team consisting of the managers of the three Council operational areas – Community and Environment, Assets and Infrastructure, and Corporate Services.

Sharon Mason
Chief Executive

Sharon comes to the Buller District Council from Hawkes Bay. Sharon originates from Northumberland in the UK and has lived in New Zealand for the past 18 years, she is happily married to Richard and they have a teenage daughter, Niamh.
Sharon brings 12 years of senior executive & management experience from the health and public sector environment, most recently having been the Executive Director of Provider Services for Hawkes Bay District Health Board and prior to that Director of Operations at Southern District Health Board and Executive General Manager with the North West Area Health Service in Tasmania. In each of these roles, Sharon had overall responsibility for health service delivery across multiple disciplines covering over 1,500 staff and managing budgets well in excess of $200 million. All Sharon’s leadership roles have been based in rural regional areas so she understands and appreciates the strong values of rural communities, as well as the complexities and challenges they face.
Sharon and her family have always lived and owned rural properties around New Zealand and they thoroughly enjoy the outdoors lifestyle. Richard is a keen hunter and bee keeper, and Niamh enjoys helping her dad out on the land. As a family, they are looking forward to becoming part of the Buller community.
Sharon was appointed as Buller District Council Chief Executive in November 2018

Email: sharon.mason@bdc.govt.nz

Mike Duff
Group Manager Infrastructure Services

Mike was born in NZ before moving to Australia in 1980. Having tertiary qualifications in engineering, a career in project management followed major infrastructure projects around the world. With executive experience in the private sector, Mike moved into Local Government, leading business units delivering asset renewal and capital works programs. With a passion for organisational development and continuous improvement, Mike brings a wide range of skills, knowledge and strategic thinking to the role. Mike was appointed Group Manager  Assets and Infrastructure in November 2016.

Email: mike@bdc.govt.nz

Rachel Townrow
Group Manager Community and Environment

Rachel grew up in Westport and has always considered Buller to be home. She has worked for the Buller District Council since 2007, first as Community Services Officer and then as Policy Planner and Team Leader Planning and Policy. She has a bachelor of laws and a bachelor of arts in mass communications and political science. Rachel was appointed Group Manager Community and Environment in July 2018.

Email: rachel@bdc.govt.nz

Dean Phibbs
Group Manager Commercial and Corporate Services

Dean was born in Westport, he has a degree in Accountancy and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Dean was formerly Council’s Financial Accountant and was promoted to the role of Group Manager Corporate Services in July 2016.

Email: deanp@bdc.govt.nz

Sean Judd
Group Manager Regulatory Services

Email: sean.judd@bdc.govt.nz





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