Skyline boss co-opted to Queenstown council committee

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The chairman of a Queenstown tourism giant is one of two business boffins co-opted onto a new council committee.

Ken Matthews, the chairman of Skyline Enterprises, which operates the gondola and luge attractions here and internationally as well as other property and casino interests, is one of two external appointments to Queenstown Lakes District Council’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Matthews, a former Skyline chief executive, is joined by Dunedin accountant Stuart McLachlan, who is also the president of the Institute of Directors.

Councillors uniamously voted the pair onto the committee yesterday in a public-excluded section of the first new-look council meeting.

Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden says the skills and experience of Matthew and McLachlan will be a huge benefit to the council.

“They are independent and objective, and they have both agreed to serve in a voluntary capacity for no remuneration.”

Mayor van Uden says the committee will oversee the council’s audit processes and financial reporting, as well as its risk management procedures, internal controls and legal compliance.