Grant Smith - Mayor, Palmerston North City Council  

In 2017 we embarked on a global and national search for a new Chief Executive for Palmerston North City Council.
After a selected EOI process we engaged Sheffield to run this recruitment process. Their Executive Director, Ian Taylor, from their Auckland office led the search along with Katy Anquetil and Nicholas Buck from the Wellington Office.
Our search was more than just replacing a Council CE, we wanted a change leader that could assist the Mayor and Council in operational pivoting Palmerston North City into a new direction. This required an Executive search for our Council CE through the Local Government, public and private sectors.
We found Sheffield to be outstanding in the calibre of candidates they brought to the table. Consequently we appointed outside the Local Govt sector and went for a private sector appointment. That has proven to be very successful.
Sheffield is experienced; arguably the Executive recruitment leader in New Zealand. They have a wide search and sourcing pool – and their ‘black book’ is extensive, but they are also discreet and confidential.
When making a Council’s biggest employment decision, it needs to be in trusted and experienced hands. For Chief Executive searches in Local Govt, Sheffield is well-known in Local Government, the public sector and commercial business circles.
We found Ian and the Sheffield’s team very professional, and thoroughly recommend them to my Local Government colleagues.

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