Exploring current issues for senior leaders including how to influence and impact the sector.

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  • 700.00 (plus GST) Non Members
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About this event

The Executive Leaders Masterclass runs concurrently with the Chief Executive Forum, with some shared sessions, and joint lunch and breaks to maximise networking at the senior level.

The Programme

Thursday, 11 April 2019

9.00am Registration

Joint session with Chief Executives

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

Executive Leaders Stream

11.00am Match fit - What it takes to get the top job?

Panel member presentations followed by discussion:

Moving from the Executive Leadership Team to the role of Chief Executive takes a shift in gear and focus. Panel members will share their experiences of what recruiters and councils are really looking for in the next generation of CE’s and how to ready yourself for this process. There will also be an open floor at the conclusions of the presentations to ask questions.

Tanya Winter, Chief Executive Otorohanga District Council

Mike Stenhouse,Executive Director, Sheffield

Mayor Dave Cull, Dunedin

12.00pm Lunch

12.30pm The Building Blocks of Success – a Practical Workshop unpacking the Chief Executive role, Job Description, and Navigating the Application Process.

Jenny McDonald, Director & Executive Coach, Contiuum Consulting and Presenter for SOLGM's LG Executive Leaders Programme

Jenny McDonald has coached hundreds of senior leaders into top roles across the public sector. This practical session will provide valuable insights and tools to navigate the recruitment process and maximise your chances of being shortlisted and selected.

2.30pm Negotiating Your Contract

Andre Lubbe , Head of Employment Relations, Auckland Council, Employment Relations and Capability

So, you’ve got a Chief Executive job offer – now it’s time for contract negotiations. Andre Lubbe is a leading Employment Relations Lawyer, currently working at Auckland Council. From his insider perspective Andre will share his knowledge of when negotiations go well and tips for prospective CE’s in navigating their contract discussions.

3.00pm Afternoon Tea

Joint Session With Chief Executives

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
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Dr Karleen Edwards
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Dave Cull
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Mike Stenhouse
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Jennifer McDonald
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Tanya Winter
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Karen Thomas
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André Lubbe
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