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DCC General Manager Services and Development Appointed

DCC General Manager Services and Development Appointed

Dunedin (Wednesday, 30 July 2014) – A new General Manager Services and Development has been appointed at the DCC, filling a position vacated by Dr Sue Bidrose after she was appointed CEO.

The position is to be filled by Simon Pickford, who is currently the Manager of Executive Services at New Plymouth District Council - an Executive Leadership Team role which has seen him responsible for corporate planning and policy, long-term planning, communications, legal services, iwi relations and democratic services.

Dr Bidrose says Mr Pickford will bring an excellent mix of skills and experience to his new role.

“Since leaving the private sector and coming into local government in 2002, he has worked in range of roles across the sector, from community planning and engagement to regulatory services, customer services, and arts and culture.

“I am sure this cross-sector experience will be valuable to both Mr Pickford and the DCC when he takes on his new position here.”

His previous role at NPDC was Manager Customer and Regulatory Services, which included building, planning, consents, animal control, environmental health and parking, front of house and call centre operations.

Prior to this he worked at Puke Ariki, New Plymouth's combined library and museum. He has also undertaken the role of Acting Director of the Govett Brewster Art Gallery.

Mr Pickford originally moved from the UK to New Zealand in 1998. In the UK his roles included Commissioning Editor for Elsevier Science, a publishing group in London.

Mr Pickford will take up his role at the DCC in early October.

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