About Overseas Manager Exchanges

The SOLGM Overseas Exchange Manager Programme is designed to provide local government managers with an opportunity to focus on their management development and career in local government through a short exchange with a partner manager in another country.

The Overseas Exchange Manager Programme is one of a range of SOLGM initiatives that provide leadership and development opportunities specifically tailored to the local government environment.

Many SOLGM members have benefited from the programme and through this professional, personal and cultural experience, most have gone back to their local authorities inspired and armed with a better perspective and increased knowledge of local government. Exchange recipients are surprised how similar the challenges faced by their overseas colleagues are to their own.

These Exchanges are offered with the support of our sponsors JLT and Civic Financial Services.

Exchanges were offered to the following Countries in 2019:

  • United States
  • Canada - British Columbia
  • Australia - Queensland
  • Australia - New South Wales

Each exchange involves a hosted visit to the destination country and the hosting of a reciprocal visitor from that country during the time period of the SOLGM Annual Summit in Napier on the 26th and 27th of September 2019.

Overseas Manager Exchange recipients are announced at our annual Gala Dinner and The Marketplace.


Applications are now closed for SOLGM’s 2019 exchanges. Applications for the 2020 exchanges will open in October 2019.


For more information on the Overseas Manager Exchanges, please contact Eilidh Siller, eilidh.siller@solgm.org.nz

2018 exchanges tell their stories

Sheryl Bryant - United States

Sheryl Bryant of Palmerston North City Council reports from her Overseas Manager Exchange to the United States, sponsored by Civic Financial Services

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Barbara Whitton - Australia

Barbara Whitton of Western Bay of Plenty District Council reports from her Overseas Manager Exchange in Mount Gambier, South Australia - sponsored by JLT

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Marianne Cavanagh - Australia

Marianne Cavanagh of Whanganui District Council reports from her Overseas Manager Exchange in Queensland, Australia - sponsored by JLT

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Glenn Young - Canada

Glenn Young of Manawatu District Council reports from his Overseas Manager Exchange to Canada, sponsored by JLT

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