Buller District Council

Media Release- Buller District Council appoints Keith Marshall as a temporary Chief Executive

5th June, 2018

The Mayor and Council are pleased to announce that they have secured the services of Keith Marshall to be their temporary Chief Executive. The Council, led by Deputy Mayor Graeme Neylon in his role as the Chair of the Chief Executive panel, held a series of interviews before selecting Keith for the role.

“The Council were very impressed with what Keith could bring to the Council over the next few months,” said Mr Neylon.

Keith comes with considerable local government experience in senior roles, as well as having worked across both commercial- and public-sectors.

“Transition periods between Chief Executives can sometimes be uncertain for all concerned,” says Keith. “I enjoy helping people and organisations manage through sometimes difficult situations like these. From my perspective, this is a great opportunity to be involved in helping the Mayor and Council through to having their new Chief Executive in place.  I am looking forward to working with the Mayor, Councillors, and staff of Buller District Council to make that period go as smoothly as is possible.”

Keith is a past Chief Executive of both Nelson and Hamilton City Councils and has also held various senior roles such as being the Chief Executive of Grow Wellington and Deputy Chief Executive of New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). In previous ‘lives’ he has owned Thrifty Rental Cars NZ, managed the last nationwide health reforms and participated in the NZ-China FTA negotiations.

In his most recent role, Keith was the Chief Executive of Careers New Zealand in which role he oversaw a massive organisational transformation across all delivery, strategy, and financial results through achieving the single biggest lift in staff engagement in NZ’s history. Since then, Keith had thought that he had managed to retire!

Mayor Garry Howard says, “I expect that we will be able to make a permanent appointment to the role before Christmas. In the meantime, Council and I feel incredibly lucky to have someone as talented and experienced as Keith on-board with us until then.”

Keith will start in the role on Tuesday 12th June.


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