About the 2017 Leadership Scholarships

As part of our LGLeadershipPathways initiative SOLGM provides opportunities for local government managers to develop their leadership skills, competencies and knowledge. In 2017, through our partnership arrangements with The Skills Organisation and the Leadership Development Centre we are very pleased to be able to offer two scholarships for places on two leadership development programmes to our members. These are tailored to meet the needs of those at different management levels from those developing their leadership careers (the LDC programme) right up to Chief Executives (the Mt Eliza programme).

Entries to the 2017 scholarships closed on 1 February 2017 and the recipients will be announced at our annual Gala Dinner on 12 April 2017.

About the Mt Eliza Melbourne Business School Leading for Strategic Success Programme Scholarship

The Leading for Strategic Success Programme is the prestigious Mt Eliza Melbourne Business School’s most senior leadership programme and replaces the programme that previous Scholarship recipients have attended. The Melbourne Business School holds AACSB and EFMD (EQUIS) accreditation, and their programmes are ranked among the best in the world by the Financial Times, The Economist, Bloomberg Business Week and AFR Boss magazine. Recent Programme participant Matt O'Mara, Chief Executive at Stratford District Council said the it "Stretched [participants] beyond day to day leadership challenges" and that it was "somewhat confronting". This Scholarship iss open to applications from Chief Executives and more information on the Scholarship can be found here. This Scholarship is sponsored by the Skills Organisation.

About the Leadership Development Centre's Leadership in Practice Programme Scholarship

Leadership in Practice (LiP) is designed for people leaders and team managers working in the Public Sector. Through SOLGM's partnership with LDC we are able to offer both this Scholarship and direct access to the Programme to our members. Those who are looking to develop their leadership skills in a proven programme are encouraged to apply for this Scholarship or contact LDC directly regarding joining the Programme. More information on the Scholarship can be found here.


The fees for the two scholarships are covered by our Sponsors and we would like to thank them for their on-going support.

Applying for SOLGM Membership

These scholarships are an exclusive SOLGM member benefit. If you are currently not a member and would like to apply for a scholarship you will also need to apply for membership. You can find information on how to apply to become a member and all the additional benefits of joining us here.


Natalie Stevens, Manager, Learning and Development - natalie.stevens@solgm.org.nz or phone 04 978 1272 if you have any queries about these scholarships.


The recipients of our 2016 Leadership Scholarships, announced at SOLGM's annual Summit on 14 April 2016, were:

Mt Eliza Melbourne Business School Leadership Development Programme (Sponsored by The Skills Organisation): Leanne Mash, Chief Executive, Central Otago District Council

Leadership Development Centre Leadership in Practice Programme: Amanda Cox, Manager, Parks, Greater Wellington Regional Council

Opus ‘Leading Self’ Programme: Jason Marris, Governance Manager, Whangarei District Council and Mara Bebich, Departmental Strategy and Stakeholder Manager, Infrastructure & Environmental Services, Auckland Council

Mt Eliza Melbourne Business School Scholarship

Leadership Development Centre Scholarship