New Appointments: February 2024

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Andrew Moraes

Mayor Tania Tapsell has announced the successful appointment of Andrew Moraes as the new Chief Executive for Rotorua Lakes Council.

“Our Chief Executive plays a crucial role in ensuring that we can deliver a better future for Rotorua. We are excited to have a leader as competent as Andrew joining us to do so.”

Currently the General Manager of Operations & Delivery at Taupō District Council, Mr Moraes is a Chartered Engineer and a graduate of the INSEAD Global Executive MBA Programme. His responsibilities at Taupō include Transport Infrastructure, Water Management, Events, Venues, Parks, Reserves and the Programme Management Office that delivers Council’s major Capital Expenditure projects.

Prior to moving to New Zealand, his professional career included extensive international experience in business, commercial developments, and organisational leadership.

Mr Moraes and his family will be relocating to Rotorua prior to starting on the 11th of March.

Mayor Tapsell said “While we completed this recruitment process, we have been very grateful for the invaluable leadership and support from our Interim Chief Executive, Gina Rangi.

“She will continue as the Interim Chief Executive until Andrew begins, then return to her Group Manager role as Manahautū Te Arawa Hourua – Te Arawa Partnership.

Alison Thompson

In December Tourism Bay of Plenty announced the appointment of new Finance Manager, Alison Thompson.

Alison is a chartered accountant who’s recently worked at large global corporate organisations and also has 10 years’ experience in finance roles on various boards and committees.

Her appointment follows the retirement of Angela Cosgrove, who finishes her decade-long tenure at Tourism Bay of Plenty to pursue other interests.

“I’m looking forward to working in a local organisation that’s focused on being positive about the wonderful location we live in, and learning of places and activities I didn’t know existed,” she says.

Related: New Appointments – December 2023

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