The Dunedin City Council's group of companies has
unveiled fresh changes after the recruitment of four new
directors, including two heavy-hitters, and the departure of
four familiar faces.
DCHL chairman Graham Crombie announced the changes yesterday.
Linda Robertson, of Meridian Energy and Statistics New
Zealand, and Brian Wood, formerly MWH's Asia Pacific region
managing director, would join the DCHL board as directors,
following a recruitment drive that attracted more than 50
candidates, Mr Crombie said.
Ms Robertson, the group manager of treasury and procurement
at Meridian Energy, is also the chairwoman of Statistics New
Zealand's audit and risk committee.
Mr Wood, the former managing director of MWH's Asia-Pacific
region, was involved in an earlier restructure of the
council's companies, which led to the formation of DCHL, in
Their recruitment came as Mr Crombie confirmed the departure
of four long-serving directors of DCHL subsidiary companies -
Ray Polson, Ross Liddell, John Farry and Mike Coburn.
The holding company had recruited two new directors for
subsidiary companies, with two more to follow, Mr Crombie
Geoff Thomas, who was already a director of Dunedin
International Airport Ltd, would replace Mr Farry as chairman
of Taieri Gorge Railway Ltd.
Trevor Kempton, a Dunedin businessman and Otago regional
councillor, would join the Aurora and Delta boards.
Mr Crombie said the new recruits would add ''valuable skill
sets'' to the boards.
''We needed people that could make informed business
decisions, but at the same time complement the existing skill
set of the directors already around the board table,'' he
Mr Crombie could not be reached for further comment
yesterday, but in his statement paid tribute to the
''significant service'' of the four outgoing directors.
Mr Crombie said the recruitment process was continuing to
find two more directors for City Forests.