About the 2018 Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award

The 2018 Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award will be presented to an emerging leader, aged 35 or under, who has a proven track record of designing or delivering innovative and successful programmes, projects, processes or practices with an identifiable community impact.

For the first time the winner of this Award will receive, with the support of Brookfields, travel to the 2017 International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) annual conference in the USA. With approximately 4,000 delegates from 25-30 different countries attending as well as world class presenters the ICMA conference will provide the Award winner with an invaluable global local government experience.

2018 award entries open 17 October 2017.

The Brookfields Emerging Leader of the Year Award is offered as an important aspect of SOLGM’s strategy to support increased leadership capability in the sector. The Award is part of SOLGM’s LGLeadership Pathway’s initiative which includes a range of programmes and activities that provide staff across the sector with outstanding leadership development opportunities.

If you have any queries regarding this Award or the LGLeadership Pathway's initiative please contact our Manager, Professional Development, Fiona Purchas - email fiona.purchas@solgm.org.nz or phone 04 978 1272.

The Judges were:

  • Linda O’Reilly, Partner, Brookfields
  • Nicola Richardson, Leadership Development Manager, Programmes - LDC (Leadership Development Centre)
  • Mike Richardson, Director, Time Well Spent
  • Natalie Stevens, Manager Learning and Development, SOLGM

This year’s Award was hotly contested and we received a number of outstanding applications. Judges commented that it was gratifying to see such a positive contribution being made both from a community and council perspective at this level. It was clear that the Local Government sector was a good environment where people could make a real difference.

The winner, Catherine (Cashy) Ball the Team Leader Strategic Policy at Whakatane District Council, was announced at SOLGM’s 2017 Gala Dinner.

The judges said:

Cashy’s leadership potential was clearly demonstrated through her management of a project involving the proposed sale of the Council’s pensioner units-a highly controversial and sensitive issue.

Cashy took a very community driven approach to solving this very contentious issue. She achieved significant positive outcomes for both the reputation of her Council and all community stakeholders involved. It has enabled her to embed a model for best practice in stakeholder engagement across the council and one which she has shared with the sector.

Cashy’s project also has played a significant role in increasing community awareness of the positive role a Council can play in their community.

Highly Commended: David Langford, Infrastructure Manager, New Plymouth District Council

The judges would like to make a Highly Commended Award to David. David had an impressive record of achievement and the best CV presentation highlighting his achievement. He has made a significant impact and contribution to both his Council and the sector in terms of Procurement and Contract Management. His approach would certainly constitute ‘best practice’ and other Councils could learn a lot from David’s approach.