A chartered accountant with professional experience in the private sector and local government is now Central Otago District Council's (CODC) new executive manager of corporate services.
Leanne Macdonald leaves her position as chief financial officer at Horizons Regional Council in Palmerston North to come to Central Otago. She was also the previous manager of business services at Palmerston North Airport Ltd, a council-led organisation.
CODC chief executive Sanchia Jacobs said she is pleased to welcome Macdonald to the organisation and the executive team.
"During her time in local government Leanne has developed both the leadership and financial acumen required to effectively lead the corporate services function at Central Otago District Council and ensure the delivery of those high-value infrastructure projects we have committed to in the current ten-year plan," said Jacobs. "The selection panel was unanimous in its support of Leanne, and I am confident that she will bring an inclusive, people-focused management style to the role, and make a great contribution to Central Otago and the broader community."
Macdonald said she and her husband have always loved Central Otago and its outdoor lifestyle. “To find a professional opportunity so well-matched to my skill set that also provides us the access to a way of life we have always wanted is an absolute delight,” said Macdonald. “My son-in-law is from Ranfurly and has always sung the delights of his homeland, so we are truly excited to experience first-hand the beautiful sights and activities of this region.”
Macdonald will start her new job with CODC on July 29.