Tuesday, April 23, 2024

New CEO for Gore council

Gore District Council has announced the appointment of Deborah Lascelles as its new chief executive.

Ms Lascelles (pictured) is the organisation’s third chief executive in 35 years. She will take up the role on Monday 3 June, replacing the Council’s chief executive of 22 years, Stephen Parry.

Ms Lascelles has worked at the South Waikato District Council for the last two years, initially as Group Manager Community and Corporate, and more recently as Executive Manager Strategy and Transformation.

She has also held senior roles with Waipa District Council and Hamilton City Council.

Ms Lascelles said she was thrilled to be joining the team at the Council.

“I am looking forward to getting to know the communities within the District, getting to know staff and getting stuck in to what is shaping up to be a busy time for local government over the next few years,” she said.

The Council received 74 applications from throughout New Zealand and overseas for the position.

Gore District Mayor Ben Bell said the quality of applications had been outstanding.

“We were pleasantly surprised with the number of professionals who saw the Council as a progressive organisation and Gore as a great place to enjoy a career and lifestyle,” he said.

Ms Lascelles has the experience and skill set to lead the Council, he said.

“She is a strategic thinker, skilled at building strong community relationships and leading large teams.

“Coming from a provincial Council with strong rural ties makes Debbie a great fit for Gore.”

Mr Bell acknowledged that Mr Parry’s departure represented a significant loss in terms of experience and institutional knowledge.

“He has been an integral part of the organisation for a long time.”

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