New council exec team named

LOIS CAIRNS
Last updated 15:52 21/03/2014
David Adamson, Mary Richardson,  Brendan Anstiss, and Jane Parfitt.

Clockwise from top left: David Adamson, Mary Richardson, Brendan Anstiss, and Jane Parfitt

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Jane Parfitt will take on the role of Christchurch City Council's chief operating officer when her tenure as acting chief executive ends.

Parfitt's appointment as chief operating officer was announced this afternoon as the council unveiled the line-up of its new seven-strong executive team.

She will work alongside Dr Brendan Anstiss who has been appointed the council's new director of corporate services. Anstiss is currently employed at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority but has had an extensive career at the Department of Corrections, including as national commissioner in charge of prisons.

The role of director, office of the chief executive, will be filled by Mary Richardson, who is currently the executive director of the Methodist Mission. Richardson has previously worked for the council and the Department of Internal Affairs.

Earlier this week the council announced that Southland District Council chief executive Dave Adamson had been appointed to the role of council facilities and infrastrucure rebuild director.

Rounding out the new executive team are chief planning officer Mike Theelen, chief financial officer Peter Gudsell and building control and city rebuild director Peter Sparrow, who are already in their roles.Confirming the executive line-up Parfitt said the new structure, which defined council operations as rebuild and recovery or day-to-day operations would come into effect on April 1.

''Some of those appointed do not start until June, however, I intend to put transitional arrangements in place until they come on board so that we keep the change momentum going,'' Parfitt said.

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