Non-Executive Director – Transwaste

Reference Number: 133506

Location: Christchurch

  • Christchurch Based Governance Opportunity
  • Long-term strategic, commercial and community focus

Transwaste Canterbury Limited is a public/private partnership, formed over 20 years ago for the purpose of managing the region’s waste to an international standard and to provide affordable environmental security for the region. A commercial joint venture, half of Transwaste’s shares are owned by 5 local councils (Christchurch, Selwyn, Waimakariri, Ashburton & Hurunui) and the other 50% of its shares are owned by Waste Management NZ.

A unique feature of Transwaste is the built-in obligation of the commercial landfill company to work in concert with the wider community goals of long-term waste minimisation. As a Council-controlled trading organisation, Transwaste’s SOI is negotiated annually with the Council Shareholders through the Canterbury Regional Landfill Committee. The Board consists of eight Directors - four appointed by the Canterbury Regional Landfill Committee as representatives of the shareholder Councils (2 councillors and 2 independent directors) and four appointed by Waste Management. Transwaste owns approximately 1,500ha of land – held for landfill and conservation operations - and the company also leases surplus land to private farming interests and manages substantial forestry assets.

The Board’s primary functions are to manage the Kate Valley Landfill asset (along with its integrated general waste transport system) and the other assets owned by the company (Burwood Resource Recovery Park & Tiromoana Bush). The Board also manages the company’s obligations arising from the 4 founding agreements – the original MOU, Shareholders agreement, Landfill Management & Operation Agreement and the Company’s annual SOI. In addition to its long-term strategic focus and as a result of Transwaste not employing any staff directly, the Board also devotes much of its time to health & safety, monitoring contractor performance targets, managing financial affairs, stakeholder and community relationship management and ensuring the company remains an international standard operation.

The opportunity for this appointment arises due to one of the Canterbury Regional Landfill Committee appointed independent directors completing their term. As a result, we seek a Director with a proven track record of working collaboratively, providing diversity of thought and ensuring the successful long-term future of an organisation. Well developed commercial acumen and financial literacy are essential along with exceptional relationship management and communication skills. The ability to work with an extensive range of stakeholders and consider a wide range of issues including health and safety, new technology and the environment is essential, in addition to the ability to holistically understand physical and engineering constructs from a broader commercial perspective.

The Board meets monthly (a mixture of face to face and teleconference) and this is a remunerated appointment.

Future succession planning is also an ongoing consideration for the Board, therefore prior experience in the capacity of board chair would be beneficial. Proximity to the Canterbury region is essential.

To apply in strict confidence now, please complete the ‘apply for this job’ application form, attaching your cover letter and CV.  Applications close on 3 June 2019. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email.

Click here to view the Candidate Briefing.

To discuss the role in more detail please phone Nick Gee on +64 3 353 4354.

To apply use application form or email

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