Council Executive Team

Our Executive Team is led by the Chief Executive and consists of five senior managers each with their own area of responsibility as shown below.


Chief Executive

The Chief Executive oversees the operational structure of the Waitaki District Council. He also manages economic development, Council Controlled Organisations (CCO) liaison, strategic communications, relationship with Maori and major projects.

Paul Hope

Paul Hope

Acting Chief Executive | Finance and Corporate Development Group Manager

Paul's areas of responsibility include financial services, accounting services, rates, business improvement, health and safety, internship programme, policy, Council Controlled Organisations (CCO) liaison, audit, insurance and risk management

Lisa Baillie

Lisa Baillie

People and Culture Group Manager

Lisa's areas of responsibility include human resources operations, payroll and remuneration, governance support, customer contact, office management, the Forrester Gallery, the North Otago Museum, Waitaki District Archive, the Oamaru Opera House and Waitaki District Libraries.


Roger Cook

Acting Heritage, Planning and Regulatory Group Manager

Roger's areas of responsibility include heritage and planning, environmental services, building services, community safety, urban design, district planning and resource consents.

Bill Chou

Bill Chou

Information Services Group Manager

Bill's areas of responsibility include information services, information systems, project management, business analysis and records management.