PricewaterhouseCoopers Chief Executives Forum

Hear from a host of sector Chief Executives who, like you, are dealing with the unique demands of managing at the highest level in local government.

  • 11 Apr
  • Pullman Hotel, Auckland
  • 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
  • $600.00 excl. GST. for members
  • $700.00 excl. GST. for non-members
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Hear from a host of sector Chief Executives who, like you, are dealing with the unique demands of managing at the highest level in local government.

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The Programme

Thursday, 11 April 2019

9.00am Registration

Joint session with Executive Leaders

9.30am Whole of sector workstreams:

The LG Digital Partnership – Richard Templer, Chair LG Digital Partnership & Chief Executive, Manawatu District Council

The Digital Local Government Partnership was launched in August 2018 as an oppourtunity to provide additional sevices to communities through partnership 'sharing'. This session will provide an update on the partnership and what it could means for your council and leadership needs in the future.

The Local Government Workforce – Karleen Edwards, Chair, Workforce Working Party & Chief Executive, Christchurch City Council

Workforce development has been identified as a priority area for the LG sector if high levels of services are to be maintained for the community. Attracting, retaining and developing staff are some of the complex issues leaders need to think through and plan for. Come and find out more about where the sector is heading on this important topic.

10.30am Morning Tea

Chief Executives Stream

11.00am Procurement with Integrity

Stephen Town, Chief Executive, Auckland Council

11.30am Who would want to be led by you?”

Dave Winsborough, Director, Winsborough

12.15pm Lunch

1.00pm Three things you simply must know...

Mark Robinson, Director, Michelle Macdonald, Director & Carl Blanchard, PwC

There is increased focus on building growth within our communities through infrastructure projects that are efficient, transparent and cost-effective. The combined consulting and local government tax team of PwC will provide their practical insights on how this can be achieved, and drawing on their global experience, how the inherent challenges with infrastructure projects can be managed and overcome. Areas they will cover include:

  • Better Project Planning - How potential projects should be assessed to ensure decisions made are feasible and well planned;
  • Structuring Options - The various structuring options available and some of the decision-making behind deciding on the final structure
  • Value creation and capture - including a discussion on the concepts behind value creation associated with infrastructure: how to measure it, how it might apply to optimal route design, and then how to think about capturing that value.

With current government focus on the restructuring of the delivery of the Three Waters, and the recent announcement of Honourable Shane Jones relating to the Treasury’s review of new approaches to funding infrastructure, there will be plenty of topical insights that the team will share.

2.00pm Three men and a boat load of information…

  • Lifting Performance: Peter Boshier, Chief Ombudsman, Office of the Ombudsman
  • Three Waters: Langley Cavers, Chair, 3 Waters Expert Reference Group & Chief Executive Hauraki District Council
  • Your new responsibilities under the Regulatory Systems Bill: David Ward, Chair DGS Working Party & Chief Executive Selwyn District Council.

3.00pm Afternoon Tea

Joint Session with Executive Leaders

3.15pm What the new Ministry means for you

Andrew Crisp, Chief Executive, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a new Ministry set up by the government to improve housing affordability, lead urban development reform and deliver more public housing and services to tackle homelessness. This session will provide an update on HUD and how their plans might affect councils in future.

3.45pm Community Wellbeing Report Launch

Karen Thomas, Chief Executive, SOLGM

A widening agenda for Local government is currently going through the House. The Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill is at Select committee stage and SOLGM is working on creating analytical tools to support councils measure wellbeing in their community. Get a first look at these new and exciting tools at the launch.

4.30pm The Local Government Marketplace

Excellence Awards entries and organisations supporting excellence in local government

6.15pm The 2019 SOLGM Gala Dinner

Excellence Awards, Leadership Scholarship, Emerging Leader of the Year, Overseas Manager Exchanges


  • Dr Richard Templer

    Chief Executive, Manawatu District Council

    Richard was born in the Waikato and raised on a Waikato Dairy farm. He studied at the University of Auckland completing a Bachelors and PhD in Mechanical Engineering. While studying he worked at Gallaghers Engineering in Hamilton, Volvo in Sweden, MacMaster University in Canada and as a part-time lecturer at the University of Auckland.

    Since completing his studies Richard has worked for: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare as a Research Engineer; Industrial Research as a researcher, team leader and General Manager; Meat & Wool New Zealand as General Manager Research; The Foundation for Research Science & Technology as a General Manager and Acting-CEO, the Ministry of Science & Innovation as acting General Manager Research; and most recently as General Manager Research & Technical Services at Callaghan Innovation.

    Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand [IPENZ], Associate Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management [NZIM] and is married with one son.

  • Dr Karleen Edwards

    Chief Executive, Christchurch City Council

    Dr Karleen Edwards has significant experience in the public sector in New Zealand and Australia at strategic, operational and leadership levels. She has been the Chief Executive of the Christchurch City Council since June 2014. Previously she was Chief Executive of the Commission for Hospital Improvement in the Victoria Department of Health in Australia. The Commission’s role is to improve clinical, quality and efficiency of Victorian Hospitals.

    Graduating from Dunedin Medical School with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and specialising as a psychiatrist, she also holds an MBA (with distinction) from Canterbury University.

  • Stephen Town

    Chief Executive, Auckland Council

    Stephen is currently Chief Executive of Auckland Council and took up his position in January 2014. He has previously been Regional Director for the NZ Transport Agency, in Auckland. While at the NZ Transport Agency, Stephen led the Australian market engagement for the country’s first PPP for Transmission Gully.

    Before returning to Auckland in 2010 Stephen spent 8 years as Chief Executive of Tauranga City Council. He has held a variety of Chief Executive roles in the education and local government sectors over the past 20 years

  • David Ward

    Chief Executive, Selwyn District Council

    David Ward, Chief Executive of Selwyn District Council has been involved in local government since 1991, spending the first 17 years as Corporate Services Manager for Tasman District Council, then six years as Chief Executive at Horowhenua District Council before taking up his current role at Selwyn District Council in July 2013. David is focused on ensuring that local government is planning appropriately for its changing demographic and local economies. The importance of the future-proofing infrastructure for the right reason – properly articulated to the community – is a significant driver for the local government at present. David is a qualified accountant. Prior to entering local government, David worked in the commercial sector.

  • Mark Robinson

    Director, PwC

    Mark is an economist in our Consulting team. He specialises in the economics and regulation of utility and infrastructure businesses, and leads much of our Consulting work in the water sector.

    Mark has over 11 years’ professional experience.He joined PwC in 2011, having previously worked at NERA Economic Consulting in London, Covec Economic Consulting in Auckland, and The Treasury in Wellington.

    Mark has extensive experience analysing economic and financial issues in the water sector, advising clients in New Zealand, Asia, the Pacific, UK and Europe.He has also worked with New Zealand local government more broadly, assisting with a range of financial issues.

  • Michelle Macdonald

    Director, PwC

    Michelle is a Director with PwC, who has responsibility for the Public Sector specialist tax advisory team.

    Michelle has more than 20 years’ experience in advising local authorities and public sector organisations on tax issues.

    Michelle is passionate about making a difference to local communities and is the lead advisor to numerous local authorities providing advice on a diverse range of issues, including indirect tax compliance, tax structuring of local authority groups, management of Inland Revenue audits and ensuring that local authorities have their tax risks covered.

  • Peter Boshier

    Chief Ombudsman

    Originally from Gisborne, Peter attended Victoria University of Wellington. After a period of practice, he was appointed as a District Court Judge with a specialist Family Court warrant in 1988.

    In 2004, Peter was appointed Principal Family Court Judge and held that position until December 2012, before becoming a Law Commissioner, and in December 2015, Chief Ombudsman.

    He has a long association with Pacific judicial issues, and undertook judicial training there in 2002 and 2003. He has held the Samoan Matai title of Misa since 2000.

    Peter is Patron of the Dwell Community Housing Trust in Wellington and the White Ribbon Domestic Violence Trust.

  • Karen Thomas

    Chief Executive, SOLGM

    Karen has responsibility for fulfilling SOLGM’s vision to promote and support professional excellence in local government.

    Karen’s previous roles have included Chief Executive at the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and Regional Assistant Commissioner at the State Services Commission where she led the development of the proposal to establish the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), a world-leading educational institution.

    Karen’s interests include supporting her teenage old son in his competitive swimming. With an “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” outlook, she is a qualified technical official, recently officiating at the Oceania Swimming Championships in Auckland. She has also been involved with AFS New Zealand and is a Rotarian.