New CEO at city coun­cil


The woman cho­sen to lead the Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil has ex­pe­ri­ence in both the pri­vate sec­tor – in­clud­ing 12 years help­ing run SkyCity – and with not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Heather Shot­ter’s most re­cent role was as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Com­mit­tee for Auck­land, a not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing to make the city a good place for res­i­dents and busi­ness.

Be­fore this she headed the NZ Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion, and was gen­eral man­ager of New Zealand op­er­a­tions for SkyCity from 1994 to 2006.

The new chief ex­ec­u­tive of Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil is the first woman to take the top role for the city.

She suc­ceeds Paddy Clifford, who was chief ex­ec­u­tive for a decade and de­cided last year he would not seek an­other five-year ap­point­ment.

The coun­cil an­nounced on Mon­day that Shot­ter had been ap­pointed as the first fe­male chief ex­ec­u­tive in the coun­cil’s 140-year his­tory.

Shot­ter grew up in Hawke’s Bay and went to Iona Col­lege in Have­lock North.

She has a back­ground in com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing, work­ing at Tele­com and Shell Oil New Zealand.

As NZ Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion ex­ec­u­tive trustee, she led a drive to boost rev­enue and in­vest­ment in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for women with breast can­cer.

Palmer­ston North mayor Grant Smith said the ap­point­ment would ben­e­fit the city.

‘‘Heather’s peo­ple skills, in­no­va­tive lead­er­ship and com­mit­ment to cus­tomer ser­vice stood out in a field of very im­pres­sive can­di­dates,’’ he said.

‘‘Heather’s ap­point­ment re­flects the coun­cil’s am­bi­tion to trans­form the or­gan­i­sa­tion into one fo­cused on the fu­ture.’’

Clifford fin­ished at the end of May and man­age­ment con­sul­tant David Wright is in­terim chief un­til Shot­ter starts in Septem­ber.

Heather Shot­ter

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