Waikato - Gill Lawrence (Chairperson)
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.
Northland - Anya Duxfield
Anya has worked in oil and gas exploration industry in the United Kingdom; as a geologist in a research organisation in New Zealand and worked in academic research in New Brunswick, Canada. For almost 10 years Anya was the Support Manager and Support Product Manager for Fledermaus software suite which is a hydrographic processing and 4D visualization software.
Anya returned home to New Zealand late in 2014. She initially worked as a geospatial administrator for local government authority and ran her own consultancy. Anya's professional passions are geology, hydrography, oceanography, and geospatial data analysis.
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.
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 - Tim Farrier
Tim is the LGGA representative for Hawke’s Bay and is the GIS Team Leader as Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. Tim has a broad knowledge of the geospatial industry, gained while working in the sector for over thirty years. This includes extended periods working in the private sector, well as for central and local government agencies. Tim recognises the value of the unified platform that the Alliance provides for identifying and working on issues of common interest cross the Local Government.
Taranaki - Victoria Fox
Victoria is the representative for the Taranaki Region and is currently the leading GIS Specialist for the Taranaki Regional Council. In the past few years, Victoria has seen many GIS technological advancements and is looking forward to using future advances to help the council and the wider community. Victoria sees the LGGA as a fantastic way to continually develop communications between other GIS users to benefit New Zealand.
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.
Top of the South - Kilmeny Stephens
Kilmeny is the LGGA representative for Te Tauihu o Te Waka-a-Māui, the Top of the South Island, including Tasman, Marlborough and Nelson. She is currently Team Leader GIS at Nelson City Council, Te Kaunihera o Whakatū, with a team of four, sitting alongside the Customer Services and IT departments. She’s been involved with cartography and GIS for over thirty years, in NZ, Colorado and North Carolina. She returned to Aotearoa in 2007, and is enjoying the opportunity to serve the local community using GIS in many different ways, in particular to make informed decisions. Kilmeny sees the LGGA as a platform for pursuing national initiatives to improve service and efficiency for all of our Councils
West Coast - Mikhael Shumacher
Mikhael Schumacher represents the West Coast Region on the Local Government Geospatial Alliance. He has been with the WCRC for 15 years and is currently the ICT Team Leader. While currently less involved in GIS work directly, Mikhael has been involved in GIS projects and operational works in some part the whole time, beginning with MapTV. Mikhael has an interest in shared services, combined strategy and quality service delivery to the West Coast communities.
Canterbury - Maurice Wills
Maurice Wills is the LGGA representative for Canterbury Region and is the Geospatial Technical Lead for Canterbury Maps, a work programme for the District Councils of Canterbury and the Regional Council Environment Canterbury. Maurice’s experience includes working for local and regional government in New Zealand as well as global engineering firms both in the UK and Central Asia. Maurice has extensive Civil Defence Emergency Response experience in Canterbury having been part of the geospatial teams responding to events like Christchurch Earthquake, Port Hills Fire, North Canterbury Earthquake and River Floods of 2019 and 2021. Maurice will support the LGGA to work alongside central government agencies to collect quality and comprehensive data and make it open and transparent so all of New Zealand can make the best decisions for tackling the challenges of our time.