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 & Infrastructure, and Corporate Services.


Group Manager – Assets & Infrastructure – Mike Duff

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 & Infrastructure in November 2016.

Email: mike@bdc.govt.nz


Acting Manager Community and Environment – Rachel Townrow


Email: rachel@bdc.govt.nz


Manager Corporate Services – Dean Phibbs

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 Manager Corporate Services in July 2016.

Email: deanp@bdc.govt.nz






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