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Our management

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Our management

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Chief Executive: Vaughan Payne

As Chief Executive of Waikato Regional Council, Vaughan has overall responsibility for leading and managing the organisation, implementing council decisions, and ensuring the effective and efficient performance of council. Vaughan has been Chief Executive since 2013, joining council in 2010 as manager of policy and transport.

Email: Vaughan Payne

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Manager CE Office: Karen Bennett

Karen has been Manager of the Chief Executive’s office since 2014 with responsibility for legal, risk and compliance, corporate sustainability and supporting the Chief Executive with stakeholder relationships and strategy.

Email: Karen Bennett

Community and Services Director: Neville Williams

Neville has been Director of Community and Services since 2014, with responsibility for leading community partnerships, communications and engagement, customer services, iwi relations, treaty settlements, business excellence, civil defence and corporate services. 

Email: Neville Williams

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Chief Financial Officer: Janine Becker

As CFO, Janine’s responsibilities cover all finance functions and corporate planning, public transport, procurement, and facilities and property. 

Email: Janine Becker

Science and Strategy Director: Tracey May

Tracey became Director of the newly formed Science and Strategy directorate in 2014, two years after joining Waikato Regional Council. She brings together science and strategy to effectively deliver the policy cycle of policy preparation, monitoring and review. Science and Strategy leads the organisational priorities of land and water, coastal and marine, and regional development.

Email:Tracey May

Clare Crickett

Integrated Catchment Management Director: Clare Crickett

Clare has responsibility for leading and managing the Integrated Catchment Management directorate. This directorate works closely with our communities to deliver services that enhance catchment health, underpin the viability of their economies and improve their resilience to natural hazards. Services include flood control and river management, biodiversity enhancement, biosecurity and pest management, sustainable land management, and hazard/emergency management, including responses to marine oil spills.

Email: Clare Crickett

Chris McLay

Resource Use Director: Chris McLay

Chris is Director of Resource Use, responsible for leading the council’s regulatory responsibilities for the implementation of the Resource Management Act, the Building Act and the Maritime Transport Act. He has worked in senior management at Waikato Regional Council since 2001, with most of that time in an executive role.

Email: Chris McLay