Mayor & Councillors


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our Central Otago District Council is made up of members of the public who are elected to represent you and your community. They were elected on 12 October 2019 and will hold office for a three-year term.

Their job as elected members is to govern and manage the interests of this district on behalf of everyone who lives here. It is also their role to look after the well-being of this community, now and in the future.

The Council is led by the Mayor together with 11 elected Councillors. Their contact details are below should you want to discuss your ideas, issues or concerns.

Council meet every six weeks. This is when formal decisions regarding the running of our district are made.

Our Council has also chosen to have four Community Boards to help represent the communities of Central Otago, they are Vincent Community Board​, Cromwell Community Board, Maniototo Community Board and Teviot Valley Community Board.

Connect with Your Councillors

Do you have something you or your organisation wish to discuss with your Mayor and Councillors? Consider booking in a 10-minute spot to talk to Councillors before their monthly Council meeting. 

The purpose of Councillor Connection is for individuals or groups in Central Otago to get to speak to the Council about any topic they wish, with a maximum of 10 minutes each. These sessions will be held prior to every Council meeting and speakers can chose to attend in person or connect remotely via teleconference or Skype. You may have a great idea, a pressing concern, a question you always wanted the answer to; the scope is wide open.  

Book your spot

To book your spot please complete the interactive pdf form below, save and email to Alternatively you can pick up a form from any Council service centre or phone 440 0690 and talk to Jackie.


Introducing your Council....

Tim Cadogan (Mayor)

Mobile: 021 639 625

Kia ora from your Mayor.

I often say that I don't know if I'm the luckiest man in the world, but I am certain I am the luckiest one I know.  What makes me feel that way? 

Firstly, I have a marvellous wife and family, including a very entertaining grandson who lives nearby.  I have also been given the great privilege of being twice elected the Mayor of the best place in the world, our Central Otago.

It is easy to love this place, with its big skies, raw hills and wide-open spaces.  It's a place where it's easy to feel as one with the world.  It is also a place full of great people; from the 6th generation descendants of our earliest settlers to new residents who are bringing their knowledge and experience from all corners of the world.

I continually challenge myself to be Mayor to the whole district, not just some parts, not just some people. So wherever you are in Central, know that I will be happy to hear from you and to sit down and have a chat sometime.  Please feel free to get in touch.

Neil Gillespie (Deputy Mayor)

Cromwell Ward

Phone: 03 445 06669
Mobile: 027 433 4856

My day job sees me employed as a Community Relations & Projects Manager with Contact Energy at the Clyde Dam – part of the electricity industry that I've worked in since leaving school in 1978.

I have a passion for Cromwell and the Central Otago District along with a strong commitment to their ongoing growth and prosperity.  I was born in Cromwell and am privileged to have been "back home" since 1985 and, along with Joy, raise our four children here.

I've been a member of the Cromwell Community Board since 1998 and was elected the Chairman in 2001.  I have also been a Cromwell Ward Councillor since 2001 and the Council's Deputy Mayor since November 2010.  

Other interests include being the Deputy Chief Fire Officer with the Cromwell Volunteer Fire Brigade and I'm the Secretary of the Clyde & Districts Emergency Rescue Trust.  I am also a member and past president of the Wanaka Rodeo Club and a Trustee of the New Zealand Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Central Otago continues to face significant challenges and opportunities as we grow and develop.  As elected members we need to understand the views and needs of the community.  Council shouldn't be the barrier to these but needs to enable them to be provided for where appropriate while being mindful of the costs on the community. 

My extensive experience in the electricity industry and local government together with my other community interests has enabled me to develop an understanding of communities and I'm committed to understanding all views and ensuring they are considered in the decision-making process.

Tamah Alley 

Vincent Ward


Central Otago requires a voice for growing families to ensure our area remains progressive, innovative and affordable. Together with my husband Matt and three children, we have 40 acres near Omakau. Currently a Police Youth Aid Constable, I am also chairperson of two local youth charities.

Our ageing population presents new challenges for residents and ratepayers. We want retirees to be well cared for and have ample opportunities to engage in and contribute to our society and economy, while ensuring the cost of additional infrastructure and development is distributed in a fair and equitable way without burdening any one generation.

Environmental sustainability coupled with economic viability and development are integral to successfully growing our region in a way that retains the values of why we live here. Innovation in the way we use, reuse, and replace resources is important to protect our unique environments. We need to be ready to face the challenges of a changing climate, and better prepare for the extreme events that will come.

I am excited to be part of the fresh new Council elected in 2019. I bring proven leadership, communication and mediation skills, along with energy and enthusiasm to help shape our region for future generations.  

Shirley Calvert

Cromwell Ward

Mobile: 021 252 6916

Being born here, my heart is in Central Otago. My community is my passion and I am a keen advocate for the interests of our community. I am involved with many groups in the  district and  bring a unique range of skills and good balance to the table.

 I have studied at three New Zealand universities and have qualifications in  Applied Science -  Parks, Recreation and Tourism,  Sports Studies, Sports Medic and Teaching.

In 1990 I was awarded an NZCM for Services to New Zealand.

I care deeply for our special environment and strive to ensure that the policies, plans and decisions we make at Council, reflect the need to keep our unique environment safe and healthy. Practicing sustainability at home, I grow fruit and vegetables, train my bees to provide me with honey and use solar energy to provide power and hot water.

When not at home or on Council business, I drive the transfer ambulance for our community-owned Dunstan hospital.​

This will be my third term as an elected member for the Central Otago District Council. It has been a privilege being able to represent the views and concerns the community.

Lynley Claridge

Vincent Ward

Phone: 03 448 6942
Mobile: 027 289 1551

I have lived in Central Otago for more than 40 years with my husband John and am lucky to have my family living nearby.

Previously Associate and Practice Manager in a local accounting firm for 31 years, Accounting Manager in the gold mining industry and now owner of a funeral business covering Central Otago and Lakes District, I understand issues facing our ratepayers from differing perspectives.

I love Central Otago and look forward to being part of the decision making that maximises opportunities for growth, paves the way for our people to grasp opportunities, and protects this perfect place we call home, a place we and our families can live, work and retire for our lifetimes.

I have previous experience on Council and Community Board, and the Central Lakes Trust, and I welcome discussion with ratepayers who have concerns in the community. 

Ian Cooney

Vincent Ward

Mobile: 027 241 4177

I am Assistant Manager of a local restaurant and tavern and I have experience managing businesses in both the irrigation and hospitality sectors. In the past I have worked in the local construction, agriculture, viticulture and healthcare industries.

I am a solo father to three primary-school-aged children who are the fifth generation of my family to live here. This gives me an understanding of the history of Central Otago and an appreciation of the toil and sacrifice our forebears went through to make Central Otago the place it is today.

I coach junior sports teams in both softball and rugby and have also taught children music.

For a number of years I have worked supporting adults with intellectual disabilities to live independently in our community. This has allowed me an insight in to the lives of some of our residents who face the biggest challenges on a day-to-day basis.

As a Councillor I see it as my role to listen to the needs of our residents as a whole and work together with Council, staff and community members to build a strong, vibrant community.

Stuart Duncan

Maniototo Ward

Mobile: 021 224 2320

I am a fourth generation farmer from White Sow Valley in the Maniototo. My wife Lorraine and I have three children. With my parents we are the owner-operators of The Wedderburn Cottages, providing accommodation to users of the Otago Central Rail Trail.

The further development and protection of the Central Otago area is extremely important to me. I believe this can be reached by balancing tradition and history, with fresh ideas and an entrepreneurial focus. It is vitally important that agriculture, being a major contributor to our economy, has a voice around the council table. As a land owner I am able to advocate for farmers on issues relating to water and the land. For my children I want to create an environment of support and opportunity, while retaining the important aspects a lifestyle in a rural community offers.

I bring skills to Council that have been developed through our successful businesses and from three terms on the Maniototo Community Board.  My strong sporting involvement, as committe member of a variety of clubs and a rail trail operator has given me a sound understandign of the recreational requirements of the region.

Throughout my life I have been involved in a wide range of activities and projects. I relish the challenges that local body politics offer and look forward to continuing to positively channel my determination and energy for the benefits of Central Otago. 

Stephen Jeffery

Teviot Valley Ward

Mobile: 027 220 6080

My family has a long history in the Teviot Valley and I have a passion and a vision for its future. I spent several years in Papua New Guinea managing plantations before returning to Roxburgh and purchasing an orchard, along with my family, developed further blocks and jointly created a fruit marketing, packaging and export business.

I have served several terms on the Roxburgh Community Board, two as Chairman. This is my third term as the Teviot Valley's Councillor on the CODC. Currently, I am serving on several committees, and chair the Teviot Valley Community Development Scheme, Roxburgh Gorge/Clutha Gold Trails Company and Central Otago Queenstown Trail Network Trust.

The impetus behind my involvement in these projects is to drive economic development across Central Otago. Without growth, it's difficult to maintain existing services or attract new families, especially in smaller communities.  One of my drivers for being a councillor is ensuring we continue to deliver services, adhere to the Long Term Plan and run a fiscally prudent Council.

Cheryl Laws

Cromwell Ward

Mobile: ​027 303 0455

I am married with five children (including three school-aged step-children), was born in Dunedin and educated at Kaikorai Valley High School.  I have spent much of my working life in the finance and family budget sectors, but now work for an award-winning Cromwell winery.

I have been a Cromwell ratepayer for 20 years and was a resident for five, before standing for the Cromwell Ward in 2019. My policy priorities are - affordable rates, more green and recreational spaces, a family-friendly policy focus, improving Lake Dunstan, and a much greater emphasis upon recycling and environmental initiatives.

I am an active gym-goer as well as a member of the Fine Thyme Theatre Company and the Belles entertainment troupe. I am an appointed CODC representative on the Cromwell Community Board.

Nigel McKinlay

Cromwell Ward

Phone: 03 445 4262
Mobile: 027 474 1961

I live in Bannockburn and, with my wife Pauline, own and operate GATE 20 TWO Vineyard.  I have wide experience in manufacturing and retail, have served on several national trade organisations, and belonged for four years to the Small Business Advisory Group, set up in 2002 to advise Cabinet on small business.

I have also served on community groups and am a past president of Dunedin's Fortune Theatre.

This is my third term on Council and my fourth on the Cromwell Community Board. I believe strongly in the Cromwell district and in Central Otago. Promoting economic progress, and the cost and efficiency of local government are areas of interest.

For relaxation I enjoy reading, bridge, gardening and tennis. 

Martin McPherson

Vincent Ward

Phone: 03 448 9114
Mobile: 021 879 849

I have lived, worked and played in Central Otago for 27 years. My partner Christine and I enjoy this community and its people. My daughter Sophie keeps me young and challenges me daily to be on lookout for things that interest or entertain teenagers!

I am probably best known as the event manager for the Alexandra Blossom Festival. This role brings me into contact with people across our wonderful region.

We live in a rapidly developing and changing community, a district that is facing many challenges. It is a privilege to represent the people of Central Otago on Council and I undertake to always listen to your concerns, share your thoughts and discuss your views.

I have represented the people of this region for over five terms on council. As I continue in this role I trust my contribution will add value to the Council and as a team we will all work towards making "our place" even better.

​Tracy Paterson

Vincent Ward

Mobile: 027 493 4422

I live in Omakau with my husband and three children. We farm sheep and beef on a high country station and are proud to call myself a farmer. My background is the law. ​

I am a big believer in giving back to the community. My community involvements are: the Chair of COHINC, Central Otago A & P Association committee member, Board of Trustees, and NZ Wool Classers Association Board member.

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