Nigel Trainor has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Timaru District Council.
Mayor, Nigel Bowen said Mr Trainor (pictured), who is best known in Timaru District as the Chief Executive of South Canterbury District Health Board until 2021, was chosen after a nationwide search to replace current Chief Executive, Bede Carran, who will this year finish a seven-year tenure at the council.
Mayor Bowen said that Mr Trainor’s solid experience of leading large agencies delivering critical, complex services, combined with a broad knowledge of local issues made him a great fit for the role.
“Being the chief executive of a district council is an incredibly complex and challenging job, even more so in the current economic environment, and our panel felt confident that Mr Trainor’s experience was a great fit to take our organisation ahead,” said Mayor Bowen.
“He also showed a great understanding of how important our people are in delivering the services our community use every day as well as as ensuring that the community voice was heard in how the organisation is run.
“Our councillors have confidence that the council will be in safe hands with Mr Trainor thorugh a period where we may face some of the most significant changes to local government since amalgamation in the late 80s.
“While we will still have Bede in place during the handover period I’d like to take the opportunity to thank him for his leadership over the past seven years. He’s guided the organisation through some unprecedented times and left it in a good position going ahead.
“He’s also been a strong local advocate, making sure that Timaru District Council has been front and centre in national and regional conversations about the future of local government.”
Mr Trainor said that it was an honour to be appointed Chief Executive of the Council.
“I am looking forward to working with the Council, staff and the community at bringing to life the plans developed for our community,” he said.
“Like all of us, I have great pride in Timaru and I know that the Timaru District Council team takes great pleasure in serving our community. I will do my very best in leading the team.”
Mr Trainor will take up the new position on 4 December 2023.