A family woman with experience of sport and recreation in
Auckland will take control of all leisure activities and
facilities for the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Ruth Stokes has been appointed the new chief executive of
Lakes Leisure and will take up the position on November 12.
Working previously with the Auckland City Council and its
successor, the Auckland Council, Mrs Stokes specialises in
the planning and delivery of arts, community services, sport
and recreation and parks, as well as the establishment and
governance of council-controlled organisations (CCOs), the
Queenstown Lakes District Council said in its announcement
Mrs Stokes also operated successfully in infrastructure,
banking and international consulting.
Lakes Leisure board member Peter Faul said the board was
"extremely pleased" to welcome Mrs Stokes to the Lakes
"Ruth's experience working with CCOs as well as in the wider
council environment places her in extremely good standing for
the challenges of the role.
"Her work in those organisations was predominantly community
focused and she is very passionate about improving the
quality of life within our community, which is one of Lakes
Leisure's key objectives."
Having recently moved to Queenstown with her husband and five
children, Mrs Stokes is already enjoying the outdoor
lifestyle the district offers and is looking forward to
taking up her leadership role within Lakes Leisure, the