New boss for Lakes Leisure announced


A former Auckland Council manager has been given the top job at Queenstown’s Lakes Leisure.

Ruth Stokes takes up her role as chief executive at the council-controlled organisation on November 12.

Stokes has previously held senior roles at both Auckland and Auckland City Councils and specialises in the planning and delivery of Arts, Community Services, Sport and Recreation and Parks, as well as the establishment and governance of council-controlled organisations (CCOs), a statement released today says.

She has also operated in infrastructure, banking and international consulting.

Lakes Leisure board member Peter Faul says the board is pleased to welcome Stokes to the Lakes Leisure team. 

“Ruth’s experience working with CCOs as well as in the wider council environment, places her in extremely good standing for the challenges of the role,” he says. 

“Her work in those organisations was predominantly community focused and she is very passionate about improving the quality of life within our community, which is one of Lakes Leisure’s key objectives.” 

Having recently relocated to Queenstown with her husband and five children, Stokes is already enjoying the outdoor lifestyle the Queenstown Lakes District offers and she looking forward to taking up her leadership role within Lakes Leisure, the statement says.

Stokes replaces former chief executive Fiona McKissock, who resigned in August after four years in the job.