Wilma Falconer has been appointed as chief executive of Environment Southland.
Environment Southland chairman Nicol Horrell said Ms Falconer had been with the regional council and a valued member of the executive team for the past two-and-a-half years.
She was general manager of strategy, planning and engagement and, recently, the acting chief executive following the retirement of Rob Phillips in May.
‘‘She has strong strategic leadership skills and a thorough grasp of the environmental issues facing the region, and our work programme to address them. Her appointment brings continuity to the council, which is highly beneficial given the increasingly complex nature of the challenges we face.’’
Ms Falconer’s significant management experience would be crucial in leading staff in the delivery of the broad range of services the council provides for the community and the increasing workloads required, Mr Horrell said.
She has held senior management roles at Environment Canterbury, central government, and Ngāi Tahu and has had her own consultancy business in Wellington.
‘‘Wilma’s expertise, energy and drive will be a real asset to the Council and I and my fellow councillors are thrilled that Wilma has accepted the position.’’