Queenstown’s Lakes Leisure board quits

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The directors of Lakes Leisure have quit in the wake of Queenstown’s council disestablishing two of its own organisations.

In a statement released this afternoon, Queenstown Lakes District Council says it has appointed new directors to the board of Lakes Leisure to manage the reintegration of its activities back in to the council.

The new directors are mayor Vanessa van Uden, QLDC chief executive Adam Feeley and chief financial officer Stewart Burns.

Lakes Leisure board chair Peter Faul and members Wayne Evans, Jan Caunter, Mark Elliot and James Coddington have all stood down following Wednesday’s announcement to shift Lakes Leisure and Lakes Environmental back in-house.

“The former directors of Lakes Leisure advised us today that they did not wish to continue as directors in light of the decision to bring the activities of Lakes Leisure back in house,” Van Uden says.

“Accordingly, to ensure on-going governance and smooth operation of the company, council appointed three new directors to the company.”

The announcement comes after Faul was quoted in yesterday’s Otago Daily Times as saying that his board would “resolve to cooperate with the shareholder through the transition”.

Van Uden says in today’s statement: “Given that council has resolved to transfer the operations performed by Lakes Leisure in-house and disestablish the company, it is not a situation where “business as usual” directors are required.”

The current management team will continue to run the day-to-day operations of the company, and this would be complemented by QLDC officers and elected representatives to govern Lakes Leisure through the reintegration process.

“As I have already said, it is business as usual for the time-being and the public will not observe any change to services provided by Lakes Leisure,” Van Uden says.