My role in the Council is General Manager, City Future. As the title suggests, the Unit is responsible for planning for the future needs of the City covering the spectrum of environmental, social, economic, recreation needs of the city as well as land use planning and urban design. It is also responsible for effective communication with the community and within the organisation.
We have been referred to as the blue sky thinkers, however, we also have our feet firmly on the ground as we balance what could be with what is practical.
Having lived in Palmerston North most of my life, I find it a great place to live, everything a large city has to offer but with small town convenience and community feel.
I have worked for the Council for over 20 years and have always found it a supportive environment where staff genuinely want to make a difference for the community. With its wide ranging activities, work is always interesting and challenging.
In our Unit we expect high standards, respect each other, encourage creative thinking and deliver on a demanding work programme.
Getting the community more engaged in planning for the City offers plenty of opportunities for creativity.