Councillors and Committees

Our 2016-19 council took office in October 2016 and serves a term of three years. They represent the region's four constituencies - Dunedin, Moeraki, Dunstan, and Molyneux.

ORC Councillors

Image above:  (From left) Crs Bryan Scott, Graeme Bell, Maggie Lawton, Doug Brown, Sam Neill, Stephen Woodhead (chairman), Trevor Kempton, Gretchen Robertson (deputy chairwoman), Michael Deaker, Andrew Noone, Michael Laws, and Carmen Hope.

Chairman

(Chairman, Otago Civil Defence Emergency Management Group)

Stephen Woodhead 

Taieri-born and bred, Cr Stephen Woodhead has been a regional councillor for 12 years, including the past six years as chairman and three years as deputy chairman before that.  He owns a sheep and beef farm at Milton, and was previously chairman of Local Government New Zealand’s Regional Sector Group.

His community service has included involvement with the Otago Youth Adventure Trust, Milton Rotary Club, and the Tokomairiro A and P Society.

Email:  Stephen.Woodhead@orc.govt.nz

 

 Stephen Woodhead

Deputy chairwoman

(Chairwoman, Policy Committee)

Gretchen Robertson

Cr Gretchen Robertson has been an Otago regional councillor for the past 12 years, and deputy chairwoman for the past three years. She is an experienced hearings commissioner and over the past year has chaired the panel considering the proposed Regional Policy Statement. She has a professional background as a water quality scientist and community facilitator.

Email:  Gretchen.Robertson@orc.govt.nz

Gretchen Robertson

Constituency representatives

   Dunedin

Michael Deaker

(Chairman, Communications Committee)

Cr Michael Deaker has just completed his fifth term on ORC. He has spent his life working in education and the media, and has had extensive experience in local government in Otago and Southland. 

Email:  Michael.Deaker@orc.govt.nz

Michael Deaker

Trevor Kempton

(Chairman, Otago Regional Transport Committee)

Cr Trevor Kempton is entering his third term on ORC. He previously chaired the council's communications committee, and the Regional Transport Committee, and is also an Resource Management Act  hearings commissioner. He is a trustee of Arts Festival Dunedin and chairman of Engineering Heritage Otago.

Email:  Trevor.Kempton@orc.govt.nz

Trevor Kempton

Sam Neill

(Deputy chairman Regulatory Committee; chairman, Objections Committee) 

Cr Sam Neill has farmed most of his working life and been involved in transport and tourism. He helped set up the Otago Peninsula Community Board and was its deputy chairman for five years. He has had three terms on ORC and is now entering his fourth term. 

Email:  Sam.Neill@orc.govt.nz

Sam Neill

Andrew Noone

(Deputy chairman, Financed and Corporate Committee)

Cr Andrew Noone recently retired from the Dunedin City Council after 18 years as a councillor, gaining a wealth of experience, particularly in the areas of resource management and infrastructure.

He has served 24 years on the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board. 

 A sheep and beef farmer for over 30 years, he is also chairman of Orokonui Ecosanctuary Ltd, a certified RMA commissioner, and chairman of Iona Church Restoration Trust.

Email:  Andrew.Noone@orc.govt.nz

Andrew Noone

Bryan Scott

(Chairman, Regulatory Committee) 

Cr Bryan Scott has been an ORC councillor since 2004, is a former chairman of the council’s technical committees, and is an accredited hearings commissioner.

A project manager and engineer, he has more than 20 years experience managing technical projects in New Zealand and overseas, currently for Cerebos Greggs.

Email:  Bryan.Scott@orc.govt.nz

Byron Scott

Gretchen Robertson

See Deputy chairwoman above.


  Molyneux

Carmen Hope

(Deputy chairwoman, Communications Committee)

A qualified drainlayer and farmer from Middlemarch, Cr Hope was a Winston Churchill Fellow, and while employed by the Dunedin City Council as a drainage investigator, she researched drainage practices in rural and urban areas of New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. A newly-elected councillor, she is a member of the board of trustees of Strath Taieri School.

Email:  Carmen.Hope@orc.govt.nz

Carmen Hope 

Stephen Woodhead

See chairman above


   Dunstan

Maggie Lawton

(Chairwoman, Technical Committee)  

Newly-elected councillor Maggie Lawton has a background in the application of science and has used her PhD in Chemistry to underpin her work in environmental and forensic science, management, local and regional government. She is a Wanaka-based consultant, focusing on land and water management, urban design, and sustainable construction.

Email:  Maggie.Lawton@orc.govt.nz

Maggie Lawton

Michael Laws

(Deputy chairman, Policy Committee)

Michael Laws is a public relations and advocacy director residing in Cromwell. A former MP, Mayor and DHB board member, Cr Laws has also hosted national TV and radio shows and is a prize-winning writer and columnist. He is engaged to Cheryl, has five children, and is an active junior sports coach, cyclist and golfer.  

Email:  Michael.Laws@orc.govt.nz

Michael Laws

Graeme Bell

(Deputy chairman, Otago Regional Transport Committee)

Cr Graeme Bell is a former long-serving Central Otago district councillor and trustee of the Central Lakes Trust. Cr Bell is entering his second term on the council, and in his first term was deputy chairman of the Otago Land Transport Committee.

Email:  Graeme.Bell@orc.govt.nz

Graeme Bell

    Moeraki

Doug Brown

(Chairman, Finance and Corporate Committee)

Cr Doug Brown farms at Maheno and has been involved in many organisations in North Otago such as Young Farmers, Federated Farmers, Maheno Rugby, Union Cricket, and the North Otago Sustainable Land Management Group.

He recently retired as a director of Alliance Group and is a trustee of the Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust. He has been on ORC since 1998. 

Email:  Doug.Brown@orc.govt.nz

Doug Brown

 

Committees & Membership

Commitee

Chair

Deputy Chair

Membership

Policy Cr Robertson Cr Laws All Councillors
Technical Cr Lawton Cr Woodhead All Councillors
Finance and Corporate Cr Brown Cr Noone All Councillors
Communications Cr Deaker Cr Hope All Councillors
Regulatory Cr Scott Cr Neill All Councillors

 

 

 

 

 

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