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New chief financial officer appointed to Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer, which will also bolster the number of female leaders on its executive.

Janine Becker (pictured) will take up the role from January 14, following Mike Garrett’s resignation after 10 years in the job. Her new responsibilities span corporate finance, property and facilities, corporate planning, procurement and public transport.

Chief executive Vaughan Payne said Janine – a current council employee – was among a number of very strong and well qualified candidates considered for the role.

“This council has long been recognised by our stakeholders for the strength of our financial management, and Janine has been a strong contributor to this success,” Mr Payne said.

“Janine emerged as the strongest candidate for the role, impressing a panel that included the independent chair of our Audit and Risk Committee – a testament to the track record she has established within the council and to Janine’s stengths and values. 

“She is ideally equipped for this role. Janine is a chartered accountant with senior management experience and a proven track record of delivering results,” Mr Payne said.

“Having worked 27 years for our council, she is well versed in the complexities of our organisation and in the workings of local government.

“Janine is also known for her passion in developing highly effective teams and driving change and business improvement to meet organisational goals, strategies and objectives,” Mr Payne said.

Her career at Waikato Regional Council spans a number of finance roles since she commenced as an assistant accountant in 1991.

Mr Payne said he looked forward to Janine joining the executive leadership team, and noted that of his six direct reports four would now be women.

Meanwhile, Mike Garrett will continue on a fixed term, working part-time on key projects for the council: the Hamilton to Auckland start-up passenger rail service, electronic bus ticketing, and the regional council’s move into new offices in Hamilton’s CBD in mid-2020.

Janine Becker, new chief financial officer. 

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