Iain Campion has worked for Environment Canterbury for 9 years and is a team leader in the information systems section at the regional council in Canterbury. Currently he has a team of 8 and is primarily responsible for maintaining, enhancing, developing and acquiring new software for business systems including GIS at the council. He has a software developer background and has an active interest in GIS development.
Bay of Plenty - Glen Clarkin
Glen is the LGGA representative for the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne regions. He has been involved in the GIS industry for over 10 years and a member of the LGGA since 2015. Glen believes the LGGA is an excellent way to get the local government geospatial voice heard at a national level. He also sees the LGGA as a great way for the community to collaborate on nationally significant projects and for re-using and sharing work across the sector. Glen is based in sunny Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty and leads the Geospatial Team at Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
Hawkes Bay - Hellen Simpson
Hellen is representative for the Hawke’s Bay Region. She is GIS Team Leader at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. Hellen is also a committee member for the NZEUG (New Zealand ESRI User Group). Hellen developed a strong interest in GIS when studying extramurally for a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts (Planning) through Massey. After 4 years as GIS Analyst for Marlborough District Council, Hellen moved to the Hawke’s Bay to take up the position of Senior GIS Analyst for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. Then in late 2016 she became Information Services Team Leader and recently became GIS Team Leader. Hellen has been involved in various geospatial projects including; implementation of HBRC’s enterprise and public map viewers, various regional shared services initiatives, ‘Retro-Lens’ a national historical imagery application, and managing HBRC’s GIS infrastructure move to the cloud.
Manawatu-Whanganui - Andre Kruger
Andre is the representative for Manawatu-Whanganui Region. He is the GIS Team Leader at Palmerston North City Council where he has been working for the last 11 years. Andre started his career as a software developer and added the GIS component to his skills when he worked for New Plymouth District Council. He is passionate about spatial data and the insights we can derive from it. With so many similarities in Local Government it just make sense to work together and develop solutions that will benefit all councils. The LGGA is an excellent platform for all councils to work together towards a common goal.
Northland - Gail Yearbury
Gail is the Northland Region representative and is relatively new to the Local Government sector, having qualified abroad and joined the Northland Regional Council in 2014. She is currently the GIS Manager at NRC, leading a team of three. Gail is passionate about collaboration and has a particular interest in how GIS can enable better processes, particularly in Emergency Management.
Otago - Jason MacDonald
Jason is Dunedin City Council’s new Digital Services Manager with responsibilities including Information Management and GIS. New to LGGA and Otago, Jason’s path to local government has been though a 20 year career path focused primarily on ICT in Education where he has participated locally and nationally in a range of collaborative initiatives. His introduction to the world of geospatial was through sidescan sonar mapping in the North Atlantic. Jason is excited to join LGGA and commence building relationships across Otago.
Southland Region - Ingrid Darragh
Ingrid is the LGGA representative for the Southland Region. She is the GIS Team Leader at Environment Southland and has been involved in the GIS industry or the past 17 years. Ingrid enjoys the variety of work the GIS brings to the workplace and the solutions that it can provide. She sees the LGGA is a great opportunity for Councils to share knowledge and work together.
Wellington - Sean Audain
Sean Audain is LGGA representative for Wellington. Sean is a City Innovation Lead at Wellington City Council and has a particular interest in how geospatial technologies can be used to create better cities. Sean has a particular interest in open data, smart cities and how geospatial can underpin co-operation across the public sector and communities.
Waikato - Gill Lawrence
Gill has been on the LGGA since it was first just a good idea before it was formed. She is the representative for the Waikato Region. Gill sees the LGGA as a great way of collaborating with others to make things happen that otherwise would be insurmountable. The most satisfactory example of this was working with LINZ to get the national scanning project for the historic aerial photos underway. Gill has been involved for over 20 years in information management moving into the role of Spatial Information Manager at Waikato Regional Council in 2011.
Auckland - Carl Ellaway
Carl is the LGGA representative for Auckland and is Geospatial Manager at Auckland Council. Carl has been in Auckland for 11 years and before that was involved in the IT and geospatial industries in the UK. Carl believes that the LGGA is an excellent mechanism for working collaboratively on common themes and challenges where we can leverage the power of scale and remove boundaries. He is passionate about championing spatial data, technology and techniques to solve real world problems.