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.