Manukau Courier : December 9th 2010
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Thursday, December 9, 2010 The southside five Gary Troup - Regional Facilities Auckland Leigh Auton - Auckland Council Properties John Robertson - Regional Facilities Auckland Pauline Winter - Auckland Council Investments By KAREN MANGNALL STRONG southside links feature among five of the 12 new directors appointed by the Auckland Council to its council-controlled organis- ations. The government had already made most of the appointments to the six CCO boards and Monday s decision fills the balance. Former Manukau deputy mayor Gary Troup is surprised and delighted at his appointment to the board of Regional Facilities Auck- land. The board will manage events centres and regional facilities worth $968 million, including the Auck- land Art Gallery, the Aotea Centre complex, Auckland Zoo, Mt Smart and Western Springs stadiums. Mr Troup put his name forward because of his governance experi- ence with the Manukau City Coun- cil, his community links and his background in sports marketing and events management. I thought it might be an oppor- tunity to contribute the knowledge that I ve gained. And it s in the area that I ve always had an interest in because of my involvement in sport. The former test cricketer has been a driving force behind Papatoetoe s new multisport com- plex. He s a trustee of the Sir John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation and a member of the body overseeing the Auckland Regional Physical Activity and Sport Strategy. Mr Troup s now looking forward to giving my 100 percent as a director. I m very aware that we re under review and I ll be making sure that I perform to the level that s expected of me. Former Manukau City Council chief executive Leigh Auton joins the board of Auckland Council Properties which manages more than 1200 property holdings worth around $700 million. Mr Auton set up a range of council-controlled companies to pro- vide water, investment, property development and leisure services to ratepayers during his five years as chief executive. As the council s environment director before that he played a lead role in setting the development framework for Auckland airport, Highbrook business park and the Mangere waste treatment plant. New Auckland Council Invest- ments director Pauline Winter is well-known in south Auckland from her time running the Pacific Edu- cation Centre and chairing the Pacific Business Trust. She is now director of Pasifika Advancement at AUT University and will be on the board overseeing the council s investment portfolio and its shares in Ports of Auckland, Auckland airport and Auckland Film Studios Ltd. Ms Winter was appointed for her strong background in governance, strategic planning and links to edu- cation, Pacific and Maori communi- ties. She chairs the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women and is also a member of the Tertiary Education Commission and the Transport Accident Investi- gation Commission. Skills in managing the risks of hosting major events have won Pacific Events Centre chief execu- tive Richard Jeffery a place on the board of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development. He is a former director of council- owned Tomorrow s Manukau Prop- erty Ltd and Mr Jeffery has also been appointed for his background in tourism and cultural event pro- motion. Also appointed to the board of Regional Facilities Auckland is for- mer Papakura mayor and MP John Robertson. Mr Robertson is chairman of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commission council and executive chairman of Intramax Construction Ltd and was mayor of Papakura from 2004 to 2007. He also chaired the Auckland Mayoral Forum during that time and was National MP for Papakura from 1990-1996. He was selected because of his knowledge of local and central gov- ernment processes and for his governance experience on the boards of major event facilities. Mayor Len Brown says the coun- cil faced a tight timeframe to make the 12 appointments from a shortlist prepared by a recruitment firm. However the directors we selected bring the required experi- ence and skills necessary to deliver for the community. CCO directors named by council The other directors appointed by the council are: Auckland Council Property -- Neil Barr of retail and commercial developers Perrendale Holdings Regional Facilities Auckland -- former Hesketh Henry chairman John Avery Auckland Council Investments -- former Genesis Energy director and New Zealand Rail deputy chairman Brian Corban Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development -- Franceska Banga, chief executive of the Crown-owned New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Waterfront Development Agency -- Todd Property Group managing director Evan Davies and New Zealand Transport Agency director Christine Caughey Auckland Transport -- former Auckland Regional Transport Authority director and ex Labour Party president Mike Williams.
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