Parfitt takes Tuam directorship

The Christchurch City Council's acting chief executive is stepping into another of embattled Tony Marryatt's roles.

Marryatt resigned as a director of Tuam Ltd, a council-controlled organisation, after pressure from councillors at a meeting on June 28.

Councillors yesterday voted to appoint acting chief executive Jane Parfitt as director.

Parfitt will join Diane Brandish, who was recently appointed after council corporate services general manager Paul Anderson resigned. They will be the two directors of Tuam Ltd.

It is expected that after the local body elections in October the council will review Tuam Ltd.

Marryatt, who earns $538,529 a year, is on indefinite paid leave while his role in the council consenting crisis is investigated.

The inquiry is expected to cost ratepayers between $40,000 and $50,000.

Peter Winder has until August 12 to complete the inquiry, the results of which are likely to determine whether Marryatt keeps his job. Meanwhile, Marryatt remains director of Vbase, the council's venue management company.

The Press