Dunedin communications and human resources businesswoman
Jane Leahy has been appointed to the new role of stakeholder
engagement director at the Otago Regional Council.
The role was created late last year by chief executive Peter
Bodeker as part of the council's restructuring of its senior
management, including the loss of two directors' jobs.
Mrs Leahy said she was looking forward to the new job, which
had been created to help the council implement its 6A water
quality plan changes.
''It's an opportunity to make a difference.''
The only way the changes were going to be successful was by
working with those who would make it happen, she said.
For the past six years Mrs Leahy, a ''Canterbury girl''
educated at the University of Otago, had been running her own
communications and human resources company, working
nationally for organisations in mining, dairy, health and
She came to Dunedin about 11 years ago to take up the
role of general manager human resources for Silver Fern Farms,
after about 20 years overseas.
Mr Bodeker said Mrs Leahy's appointment concluded the
He had been overseeing the new directorate while the regional
council went through the appointment process.
Engaging with council stakeholders was seen as an important
part of the implementation of water quality and quantity plan
changes in coming years, he said.
The new directorate took on roles held within other
directorates such as the land resources and customer services
An additional field position had been created as well, with
resident stakeholder engagement staff now based in Alexandra
and Oamaru, he said.
''It's better to have these people in the communities where
they can attend events and meetings and work directly with
people rather than travelling from Dunedin.''
Mrs Leahy will join the council's four other directors, who
handle finance, environmental monitoring, policy and planning
and science and engineering, on June 23.