Serious Fraud Office boss is Queenstown council’s new chief executive


The head of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been appointed chief executive of Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Adam Feeley, a qualified lawyer who prior to the SFO was the chief executive behind the transformation of Auckland’s Eden Park, will start in the new role within three months.

Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden says: “Adam has left this council with no doubt that he has the skills and experience to deliver in this role.

“Not only does he have an exemplary track record as a decisive and action-oriented leader but he comes with political and business acumen.”

Describe as a highly respected public servant, Feeley oversaw the biggest shake-up in the SFO for 20 years.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the SFO but I am relishing the future challenge and very much look forward to engaging with my new community,” Feeley says.

The SFO boss was criticised last year for celebrating charges against Rod Petricevic with Bridgecorp champagne. 

Feeley was also reprimanded by the States Services Commission for using copies of the Allan Hubbard biography as booby prizes at a Christmas party.

Feeley has a reputation for invigorating organisations combined with expertise in risk management and accountability.

Delivering value for money for the residents and ratepayers of the Lakes District will sit high on the agenda, he says.

“Initially I am looking forward to forging relationships with staff, elected members and the wider community and getting on with the business of ensuring the Lakes District continues to be successful and vibrant.”

Van Uden says the transition from a high profile national office to a highly-scrutinised role in one of the fastest growing districts in New Zealand would be relatively seamless.

“It’s a big job, Adam is right for it,” van Uden says.

Feeley replaces former council boss Debra Lawson who finished up at the end of June.