The Winner was Nicola Chrisp: Manager, Communications Waikato Regional Council

About the entry:

Nicola has demonstrated a solid track record of leadership capability designing and delivering a number of significant projects both within the Local Government sector and nationally. Her project submitted for the award called ‘The Game Changer’, was an integrated change programme designed to re-connect and re-engage staff at Waikato Regional Council after a restructure and substantial period of change. Nicola’s programme resulted in 400 staff participating in 29 teams, submitting 200 entries over an 8 week period in an innovative technology based staff engagement challenge.Nicola’s project helped to embed a new culture and organisational values receiving an 80% staff engagement rating. As a consequence she has been invited to help other councils implement a similar framework to help staff engagement and lift performance.

The judges said:

It was clear that Nicola demonstrated the attributes of an ‘up and coming leader’ not only having a great idea, but assembling an entire organisation to bring that concept to life followed by a successful execution made this project outstanding. The impacts of this project both within Council and on the community were clearly articulated. She has a proven track record of sustained and innovative projects which have been extended beyond her council.

Highly Commended

The following Emerging Leader nominations were highly commended:

Rochelle Faimalo, Youth Development Officer, Hurunui District Council

Doug Tate, Community Facilities Manager, Manawatu District Council

Julia de Ruiter, Social Media and Digital Support Librarian, Waitaki District Council

How many entries were received?

This is the first time SOLGM has offered this Award as part of the McGredy Winder 2016 SOLGM Local Government Excellence Awards. We received 12 entries and the quality and diversity of entries was very high.

Projects ranged from leading Youth programmes, Community Facilities Management, to significant innovation and transformation in the library industry. The judges were impressed the variety and significance of the projects. There was clear evidence that many of the projects had the potential to be shared across the sector. It was encouraging to see that great leadership was being demonstrated at all different levels within Councils and from a range of fields and areas.

Who judged them?

The nominations were judged by a panel of five, consisting of:

  • Linda O'Reilly, Partner, Brookfields Lawyers
  • Nicola Richardson, Leadership Development Manager , Programmes, LDC (Leadership Development Centre)
  • Jutta Ziemert, on Manager Exchange from Germany with LDC (Leadership Development Centre)
  • Gillian Peacock, General Manager State Sector, Local Government & Corporate, The Skills Organisation
  • Natalie Stevens, Manager Learning and Development, SOLGM

Note: Natalie Stevens declared conflicts of interest in, and did not mark, the entry from Waikato Regional Council

How were entries judged?

Entries were judged on:

  • Clear evidenceof the project having been extended or adopted across the sector
  • An innovative and unique approach
  • Proven track record of creating and delivering initiatives over and beyond the normal scope of their job role
  • Community impact

What about the standard of entries?

The five judges were very impressed with the standard of entries. They consider that the entries have raised the bar for the standard of performance for emerging leadership across the sector. The judges found something commendable in virtually all of the entries.

How will the lessons from the winners be shared?

Lessons from the winners, and many other entries will be used to inform development of best practice forums the sector.

What were the winning scores ?

Details of the scoring of individual projects will not be made publicly available.