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Watercare CEO contract extended

Watercare CEO

Watercare chief executive officer Dave Chambers will be staying in his role under a new flexible fixed-term contract through to June 2025. Chambers, who has been serviing as interim chief executive officer since February 2023, was appointed when former chief executive Jon Lamonte resigned.

Watercare board chair Margaret Devlin welcomed Chambers in staying in the position.

“It gives Watercare welcome continuity as we navigate several upcoming changes, including the appointment of new board members and a new chair, and the ongoing conversations with central and local government around financial separation,” she said.

“Given the changes ahead of us, we have built in flexibility to Dave’s contract.”

As water reform (now revoked) was due to be implemented with transition to the new entity on 1 July 2024, Chambers’ original contract saw him at the helm of Watercare until the new entity was stood up.

Chambers expressed his excitement at the opportunity to continue to lead the organisation.

“I’ve loved my time at Watercare and am really excited to be staying on a bit longer,” he said.

“My absolute focus is on keeping people safe, finding ways for us to operate more efficiently and effectively, while continuing to provide essential water and wastewater services for the people of Tāmaki Makaurau.”

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