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Watercare appoints new director


The council identified a need for additional resources in stakeholder engagement and customer communications on the Watercare board. 

This appointment has been approved by a panel represented by the mayor and independent Maori statutory board chair. 

Councillor Chris Darby represented the committee on the interview panel and welcomed the new appointment.

“The interview panel was unanimous in supporting Julian’s appointment from a strong field of candidates,” said Darby. 

“His skills and insights will be invaluable in strengthening Watercare’s customer focus as it embarks on a substantial capital works programme and embeds water efficiency into the organisation’s operating model.” 

Smith is an independent director with 13 years’ governance experience, having retired asvchief customer officer for Meridian energy in late 2019.

At Meridian, Smith was responsible for $1.2 billion in revenue with a team of 400 staff beneath him. 

For more information visit the Auckland Council website. 

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