Queenstown sports and leisure boss stepping down


The boss of the Queenstown council body in charge of local sports facilities has announced her resignation.
Lakes Leisure chief executive Fiona McKissock is leaving at the end of the year after four years in the job. 

In a statement today (Friday), McKissock says rapid growth means the organisation’s structure needs reviewing and that necessary changes will be the first priority for the board and her successor. 

According to the release, visitor numbers at Frankton’s Events Centre – Lakes Leisure’s biggest facility – have increased from 98,000 a year in 2007 to 443,000 in the most recent year. 

Participation numbers across the district – including three pools, five venues, the Events Centre’s health and fitness centre and 13 sports grounds – have increased from 460,000 in 2009 to 685,000. 

“It’s the largest people business in the district,” McKissock says. 

Under her leadership, Lakes Leisure has taken on major new responsibilities including embedding the $18 million Alpine Aqualand and development of Alpine Health & Fitness – both at the Events Centre – and sports turf management across the district. 

“The Lakes Leisure I joined in 2008 was smaller, it faced multiple community and organisational challenges, and was still finding its way,” McKissock says. 

“The organisation I am leaving is a strong, diverse and much valued regional facility that achieves its brief of increasing community participation in sports and leisure.” 

It’s believed McKissock’s salary is between $150,000 and $160,000 a year.