Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) chief executive Adam Feeley today announced his appointment of Lakes Environmental (LE) building manager, Peter Laurenson as the acting chief executive to transition the work of LE back into Council.
With the departure today of LE chief executive Hamish Dobbie, who’s resignation was announced earlier this week, Mr Laurenson would assume the temporary role on Monday.
"The Organisational Review proposes no changes to LE's Building Services team while significant changes are proposed for other areas. This enables Peter to focus more freely on the wider implications of the transition” he said.
Mr Laurenson therefore had the capacity, coupled with the experience, to support the integration process.
The appointment follows completion of transition arrangements for the LE Board, which includes the appointment of QLDC chief financial officer Stewart Burns to the Board.
LE chairman Anne Urlwin and directors Nick Brown, Jeffery Brown and Mike Coburn resigned today as agreed with Council to enable QLDC to put in arrangements to wind down the business of LE and transfer responsibilities back into Council.
"They together represent a highly skilled board, and the District has been very fortunate to have enjoyed directors of their calibre. At all times throughout this process the board has acted with professionalism and integrity and I’d like to thank them for a highly co-operative approach," Mr Feeley said.
Mr Burns joins Mayor Vanessa van Uden and the chief executive, already appointed as interim directors.
“A comprehensive plan was now in place to ensure a speedy integration of both LE and Lakes Leisure with a minimum of disruption,” Mr Feeley said.