Committees and Portfolios


​​​​​​​​Audit and Risk Committee

Chair: Linda Robertson (Independent)

The Audit and Risk Committee provides governance and oversight in the areas of audit and risk to ensure appropriate systems and practice are delivered throughout the Council and its activities. It meets three times per year and as required.​​ Its members are Mayor Cadogan and Councillors Gillespie, Jeffery and McKinlay, who join the Independent Chair Linda Robertson.

Hearings Panel

The Hearings Panel members consider and execute decisions relating to designations, reviews, objections, and applications for resource consent.. The Panel meets on a monthly basis or as required. 


District Licensing Committees (DLCs)

With the introduction of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 on 18 December 2013 DLCs were established to replace district licensing agencies.

From that date, DLCs are responsible for considering:

  • all licence applications and renewals
  • all managers certificate applications and renewals

The committee, made up of a chairperson and two members selected from a list, meets monthly if required.


Executive Committee

Chair: Mayor Tim Cadogan

Deputy: Cr Neil Gillespie

Members: Crs Duncan, Jeffery and McPherson.

The Executive Committee is responsible for overseeing any matters that need an immediate response.  Its members are the Mayor and a councillor from each community board (four members), except the ward represented by the Deputy Mayor.

Assessment Committee

Chair: Shirley Calvert

Deputy: Tamah Alley

The Funding Assessment Committee is responsible for overseeing the distribution of funds for national funding organisations such as Sport New Zealand and Creative New Zealand.  The Committee is made up of two councillors  as  well as representatives from the Roxburgh community, tangata whenua and a representative from each of the community arts councils within the district. It meets as required.​


Council has from 2020 decided to complement its governance structure through the establishment of portfolio areas and the appointment of portfolio leads. Portfolios do not have specific decision-making delegations; however, portfolio leads are responsible for leading specific policy areas and will act as the issue-specific spokespersons for those areas. 

Sustainable Practices Portfolio

Lead: Mayor Tim Cadogan

Deputies: Crs Nigel McKinlay and Cheryl Laws

Objective: To provide leadership and advice to policy decision-making, oversight and governance in relation to waste minimisation, recycling, carbon footprint reduction and solid waste disposal, and funding of programmes for these activities.​

Three Waters and Waste Portfolio

Lead: Cr Nigel McKinlay

Deputy: Cr Cheryl Laws 

Objective: To provide leadership and advice for policy decision making, oversight and governance for water, wastewater and stormwater and waste disposal and funding of programmes for these activities.

Economic Development and Community Facilities Portfolio

​Lead: Cr Stephen Jeffery 

Deputy: Cr Tamah Alley

Objectives: To provide leadership and advice for policy decision making, oversight and governance to enable the sustainable development of the Central Otago economy and to contribute to regional economic development strategies. To provide leadership and advice for policy decision-making as to the standard of parks and recreational facilities including swimming pools, libraries, museums and visitor centres.

Planning and Regulatory Portfolio

Lead: Cr Neil Gillespie

Deputy: Cr Ian Cooney

Objective: To provide leadership and advice to support the maintenance and development of all specified facilities and services detailed in accordance with goals and objectives set by the Council, as specified in its scope as follows:

'Any matters relating to the Resource Management Act 1991, the Building Act 2004, Amusement Devices Regulations 1978, the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996, the Sale of Alcohol Act 2012, the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013, the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990, Food Act 2014, Gambling Act 2003, the Racing Act 2003, the Dog Control Act 1996. Regulatory By-Laws and associated matters relating to that legislation.'​

Roading Portfolio

Lead: Cr Stu Duncan 

Deputy: Cr Tracy Paterson

Objective: To provide advice and leadership for policy decision making for roading, transport and associated funding programmes.​

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