Tuesday, May 28, 2024

New CE for Hawke’s Bay council

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has announced a new Chief Executive, with Dr Nic Peet named in the role today by Council Chair, Hinewai Ormsby.

Dr Peet (pictured) comes to Hawke’s Bay from Horizons Regional Council, where he is Group Manager Strategy, Regulation and Science.

“Dr Peet brings a wealth of environmental experience and was clearly the best choice for this role,” says Chair Ormsby.

“We welcome him into the Regional Council whānau and know he will be the leader this organisation needs.

“His commitment to environmental issues and the strong connections he has across the motu will have benefits for all of the Council’s work.”

Dr Peet says it was, “hugely exciting to come and work in Te Matau-a-Māui Hawkes Bay. I’m really looking forward to working with elected members and staff, tangata whenua and communities.”

“It’s a stunning part of the world and Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is a great organization. One of the real attractions of the job is the opportunity to work with such a dedicated and well-respected HBRC team.

“For me the environment lies at the heart of what makes Te Matau-a-Māui Hawkes Bay so special. Leading a team to look after that environment and support teams to help communities prosper is key to my decision to come to HBRC.”

In his 10 years at the Horizons Regional Council, Dr Peet led the organisation’s approaches to freshwater reform and climate change. His work also involved oversight of a regional action plan and regional committee with joint iwi and governance membership.

His previous experience also includes time as the Department of Conservation (DOC) Area Manager in Whanganui and as a Research Associate in the United Kingdom for BirdLife International (a global partnership of non-governmental organizations that strives to conserve birds and their habitats). 

Dr Peet will assume his role as CE for HBRC in early to mid-July.

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