More than just a change of chief executive may be afoot at Queenstown Lakes District Council. Following last week’s dumping of incumbent Duncan Field (right) in favour of Englishwoman Debra Lawson, QLDC’s 110 staff appear to be facing organisational upheaval.
In the top job’s “position description”, applicants were told QLDC was looking for experience in just two areas – “significant leadership experience” and “managing complex change projects”.
There’s no elaboration on “complex change”.
Lawson can also hardly complain about the heat she’ll face – another section of the job description says: “The position is exposed to more than usual public scrutiny.”
Lawson starts in March on less than Field, a package of $250,000 compared with Field’s $280,000.
The regime change follows a Chamber of Commerce call for new blood and an independent poll commissioned by Mountain Scene in which two-thirds of businessfolk didn’t want Field reappointed.