Re­gional coun­cil di­rec­tor mov­ing on but not very far

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - TIM MILLER [email protected]

A DE­PART­ING Otago Re­gional Coun­cil di­rec­tor has found a new job just across town at Aurora En­ergy.

Ear­lier this week, re­gional coun­cil stake­holder en­gage­ment di­rec­tor Sian Sut­ton con­firmed she had re­signed from her role about 18 months af­ter be­ing hired.

At the time, Mrs Sut­ton de­clined to elab­o­rate on where she would be go­ing, but yesterday a press re­lease from Aurora an­nounced she had been ap­pointed as that or­gan­i­sa­tion’s cus­tomer and en­gage­ment gen­eral man­ager.

It was new op­por­tu­ni­ties out­side of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment sec­tor rather than any dis­il­lu­sion­ment with the re­gional coun­cil which prompted the move, she said.

‘‘I’m re­ally happy with my time there. It was a fan­tas­tic role to take on and I got to take in this fan­tas­tic re­gion and en­gage with some re­ally en­thu­si­as­tic stake­hold­ers.’’

While Aurora had been through some ma­jor is­sues in the past two years, it was now on an ‘‘ex­cit­ing’’ path which was part of the at­trac­tion in tak­ing on the role, she said.

In a state­ment, Aurora En­ergy chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard Fletcher said he was pleased to wel­come Mrs Sut­ton as she would play an im­por­tant role in en­sur­ing all the lines com­pany’s stake­hold­ers and cus­tomers were kept en­gaged on key projects.

Mrs Sut­ton will start her new role in Fe­bru­ary.

Her de­par­ture from the re­gional coun­cil comes on the back of the ru­moured de­par­ture of en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing and op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor Scott Ma­cLean.

The re­gional coun­cil has de­clined to con­firm or deny his de­par­ture.

Sian Sut­ton

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