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Director - Auckland Unlimited

Date: 12-Feb-2021

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

Independent Director – Auckland Unlimited


Applications Close:
22 March 2021 at 12pm (noon)



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Auckland Unlimited requires a new Independent Director to join the board in 2021.


As Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland's economic and cultural agency Auckland Unlimited is committed to making our region a desirable place to live, work, visit, invest and do business. Auckland Unlimited has been formed following the merger of Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The new organisation brings together the functions of promoting economic development, tourism, cultural and sporting events. It has the benefit of the combined resources of the entities it replaces; saves ratepayers an estimated $67 million over ten years by cutting duplication; and will create a more streamlined, efficient, and adaptable organisation.


Auckland Unlimited has a mandate to deliver a co-ordinated, region-wide programme to maximise cultural, social and economic benefits for residents and visitors. Driving investment and innovation, it will support Auckland businesses to thrive. Home to some of the region’s most beloved arts, cultural, conservation and heritage institutions, Auckland Unlimited is committed to enhancing Auckland’s cultural vibrancy, providing a wealth of enriching experiences and opportunities; and telling Auckland’s story to the world. 


Auckland Unlimited is seeking a director who brings expertise from the Arts and Culture sector. The Auckland cultural heritage institutions review began in 2017 to consider the governance and funding arrangements of the major Auckland Council-funded museums and galleries. The first stage of the review strongly argued the need for change to the sector's governing arrangements. The second stage was intended to develop a collaborative strategy with and for the cultural heritage institutions as well as to agree changes to the governing arrangements. However, it has not proceeded as envisaged. The RFA/ATEED merger creates an opportunity to further discussions regarding greater integration with the council group. To be credible in these discussions, Auckland Unlimited needs a board member with the relevant knowledge, skills and capability to enhance the relationships with the cultural heritage institutions and play a leading role in developing an overarching Arts and Culture strategy. 



Particular skills and competencies sought:

Specific Arts and Culture priorities


  • Significant experience in Arts and Culture and cultural heritage institutions, bringing knowledge and credibility to the understanding of the different governance structures and operational management 
  • Ability to play a leading role in the development of an overarching Arts and Culture strategy, bringing a contemporary perspective of how Arts and Culture and cultural heritage institutions could contribute to the broader economic, cultural and social objectives of Auckland
  • Proven track record of building and sustaining strong, trusted stakeholder relationships, demonstrating mana and influence
  • Commercial mindset, bringing an appreciation of the economic context to the discussion of Arts and Culture issues 
  • Track record of senior leadership and/or governance roles, ideally with connections or experience working with local government, and/or central government


Common priorities across the CCOs


  • Uphold the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, readiness to promote improved outcomes for Māori and knowledge of Te Ao Māori and established Māori networks  
  • Demonstrate appropriate accountability and responsiveness to the Governing Body and the public and a commitment to public sector ethos
  • Demonstrate financial accountability with close review of current and proposed activities to deliver value for money
  • Commitment to integrate Te-Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan into the strategies and operations of the Council-controlled organisations
  • Driving appropriate leadership and cultural response to deliver the required outcomes (and/or deliver on targets as identified)
  • Commitment to collaborate across the Council-controlled Organisation family
  • Demonstrate inclusive and adaptive leadership to harness the benefits of diversity


Useful to have


  • Experienced in transforming organisations in times of change and uncertainty
  • Experienced in driving culture change through complex organisations



For further details or to apply, please contact:
Renisa Peterson – Consultant
Email: renisa.peterson@kerridgepartners.com
Phone: 09 969 9900 
Applications must be received by 22 March 2021 at 12pm (noon).


Commitment requirement:
The term of appointment is three years, with the possibility of re-appointment up to a maximum of three terms, subject to evidence of effective performance.


Geographic considerations:
Auckland-based is strongly preferred


To be advised


Application information:
Auckland Council is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunities. We recognise that increasing diversity and fostering inclusive Board culture is an essential element in supporting high performing Boards, driving long-term success and delivering better outcomes for the communities of Auckland. 


Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.