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Council Structure

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This page contains information about the political and management structure of Council, and how these work together.
Updated: 7/09/2015 1:52 p.m.

Political structure

In addition to meetings of the full Council, decision-making is separated into three primary committees and nine specialist committees.

They set policy and monitor management activity to make sure that Council business is being conducted in accordance with legislation, Council's strategic objectives and the 'Community Outcome' objectives.

Follow the link below for details of the Committees, their terms of reference and membership.

Council Committees

Management structure

The Mayor and Councillors appoint a Chief Executive (CE) to manage Council operations and lead it's administrative organisation. The CE has statutory powers granted by the Local Government Act and other powers granted at the discretion of the elected Council.

The CE is responsible for:

  • advising the Mayor and Councillors on policy matters.
  • ensuring any policy adopted by Council is correctly implemented.

The CE performs these responsibilities by delegating tasks and authority to a senior Leadership Team and other Council staff.

Leadership Team

Our senior management team comprises of five personnel, and is headed by Chief Executive, Rob Forlong.

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Rob Forlong

Chief Executive

  • Chief Executive of Whangarei District Council, charged with providing local government services to the 84,000 people in the District, managing $1.45bn of community, waste, water and transport assets, and managing land use in the District. 
  • Rob has held other significant leadership roles at Chief Executive level (NZ Environmental Protection Authority, NZ Environmental Risk Management Authority) and Senior Executive level with Greater Wellington Regional Council. Other major work experience includes coastal and marine conservation, and policy analysis.
  • He has had 20 years experience in leadership roles, including managerial positions at the Greater Wellington Regional Council.
  • He gained his Master of Science (MSc), Bachelor of Science, Zoology/Animal Biology at Massey University. 
  • He has also gained qualifications through the London Business School Senior Executive Programme, the INSEAD AVIRA programme and Chicago Graduate School of Business, Implementing Innovation and Change. 
  • Rob is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, and an Associate Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management.
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Simon Weston

Group Manager Infrastructure and Services

  • Focusing on Council's main areas of expenditure including waste, drainage, water, roading, parks, library, major projects and Civil Defence.
  • Has held a range of roles with Vale Construction in the United Kingdom. He was Projects Estimator and Project Manager for the Civil Engineering side of ATEC/Capital Controls/Tetra Systems in the United Kingdom and was later Senior Engineer at Auckland City Council.
  • Has spent 24 years in the construction field and has been with Council for over 15 years.
  • His qualifications include a Diploma in Civil Engineering, Higher National Certificate in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering, Management and Master of Science Construction and Management and has an executive MBA.
  • Is a Member of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand, International Professional Engineers and is a Chartered Professional Engineer.
Photo of Jude Thompson, Group Manager Positive Growth.

Jude Thompson

Group Manager Positive Growth

  • Focusing on the Positive Growth portfolio and is 2IC for the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Her team includes Economic Development, Council property, relationship with Maori, venues and events and promoting the district as a destination.  
  • Has held a variety of leadership and senior managerial positions in business for more than 25 years.
  • Has expertise in advocating business development and collaborating with local businesses and services to increase regional economic growth in Whangarei.
  • Her qualifications include a Graduate Diploma in Economic Development, New Zealand Certificate in Science (Medical Science) and Qualified Technical Assistant (Biochemistry). 
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Paul Dell

Group Manager District Living

  • Focusing on the provision of quality environmental consent processing, defining the long term growth vision, community services, and regulatory services.
  • Has held roles with environmental management agencies in Thames Valley, the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, with involvement in nationally significant environmental management projects.
  • Has been recognised for his contribution to environmental management in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty by being awarded the University of Waikato Medal in 2006 and has published a number of environmental management papers.
  • Has been with Council since October 2007. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science and a Master in Earth Sciences from the University of Waikato.
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Alan Adcock

Group Manager Support Services

  • Focusing on the provision of quality customer services, rates, democracy, finance, community development, information technology and property services. 
  • Has worked in the area of general management for more than 20 years including Head of Corporate Management with the Bank of New Zealand.
  • Formerly he was the Assistant Vice-President, IT Finance with Credit Suisse First Boston (UK) and Chief Manager, Auckland with AXA.
  • Has been with Council since January 2006. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland (1983) and an MBA (with Distinction) from the City University of London Business School (1999).



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