Council widens hunt for business expert

23:58, Apr 01 2014

The Nelson City Council governance committee is casting its net beyond the city to find experts who have worked at a governance level in the business sector.

The committee is looking for applicants with experience in running businesses and companies for one of two positions to help oversee council-owned businesses such as the port, the airport, and Nelmac.

Committee chair Ian Barker said it was advertising nationally with the New Zealand Institute of Management, but was also advertising in The Nelson Mail to give local experts the chance to apply.

The role would continue for the council's term until the latter half of 2016 and involves attending eight annual meeting, knowledge of work the committee does, and understanding auditing and the risks and issues the council faces in financial areas.

It would also require some homework, reading reports and agendas and engaging with council staff.

"It's important we get a wider expertise on our committee because on behalf of the owners of several companies - the ratepayers - we do require that they be managed properly to ensure that we get the best possible return and best possible investment for our people," said Barker.

He said councillors did not often have the specialised knowledge and experience required so "to bring in expert knowledge is a clever thing to do".

If someone is appointed from outside of Nelson travel and accommodation costs would be covered by the council. Applications close April 11 with interviews in May.