Here are three ways you can commit to local government and advance your career in 2018.

Apply for a 2018 Overseas Manager Exchange
Fiona McTavish, General Manager Strategy at Bay of Plenty Regional Council, reflects on her experience as a 2016 recipient to Canada.

A highlight of Fiona McTavish’s 2016 Overseas Manager Exchange to British Columbia was the people she met, and their willingness to openly share their challenges and experiences.

“It was interesting and reassuring to observe my Canadian peers grappling with the same complex local government issues to that we’re dealing with in New Zealand."

“Everyone I met was open and generous with their time.”

One of Fiona's research areas relates to transport systems and regional economic development. Whilst in Canada she spent time on Vancouver Island visiting transport agencies and regional, city and district councils.

Since returning, she’s put her hand up to work on finding solutions to some complex inter-agency problems.

“The experience really opened my mind to working more collaboratively to solve complex issues at home including the regional growth study implementation, as well as business cases for long-term Tauranga Transport system improvements."

Fiona wholeheartedly recommends the Overseas Manager Exchange experience.

“I felt very privileged to receive this award and would recommend the experience to anyone. One thing that my Canadian colleagues reinforced was great people working well together is the key to solving problems.”

Four exchanges are being offered in 2018. One to Canada, one to the US and two to Australia. The Exchanges are supported by JLT and Civic Financial Services. Find out more, and apply, here.

Enter a team into the Australasian Management Challenge

The Management Challenge is a great way to show to your staff (and potential staff) your commitment to professional development.

As well as providing unparalleled learning and development opportunities for your people, councils have found that because the Management Challenge is such a well targeted, high profile program, it’s also an excellent way of promoting their commitment to overall professional development.

This reinforces their brand as an employer of choice.

It’s also widely regarded as highly cost effective – as it develops six people (plus mentors) and also can engage a large number of people in your organisation in the preparation of the team for the Management Challenge Day.

The winners of the NZ leg - sponsored by JLT and held in Wellington in mid-March next year - go on to represent New Zealand at the Australasian Finals.

Give your council brand a boost by entering a team.

Register now!

Register for 2018 Events and Programmes

SOLGM Events and Programmes for next year have just been opened for registration.

Where speakers and topics are not yet published, they will be added ASAP.