Commissioner Profiles

The Council has appointed panels of Commissioners to hear, consider and decide on all the submissions. Each panel will be chaired by Denis Nugent and comprise at least one independent commissioner and one commissioner who is an elected member of the Queenstown Lakes District Council. 

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Denis Nugent – Chairman

Denis is a Wanaka-based planner with 37 years’ planning and resource management experience in local government and as a consultant.  He has been appointed as a hearing commissioner by regional and district councils both locally and in Southland, Canterbury, Hawkes Bay and Waikato Regions.  He has also been a member of two Government-appointed Boards of Inquiry under the Resource Management Act.


Independent Commissioners

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Bob Nixon

Bob Nixon has been a planning practitioner in central and local government, and subsequently in private practice, since 1977. Over the past 12 years he has acted as a Hearings Commissioner for the Canterbury Regional Council and various local authorities in Canterbury, as well as for the Horowhenua, Waitaki, Kaikoura, Queenstown – Lakes District and Invercargill District/City Council's.

 

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Brad Coombs

Brad is a Director of Isthmus and has almost 20 years experience as a landscape architect working mainly throughout the North Island.  Brad has been involved in the assessment of landscapes at a regional, district and site specific level for a range of clients and has been involved in several District Plan reviews.  Brad has been appointed as an independent Commissioner for a number of consent applications for landscape development and subdivision projects in the past.  

 

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David McMahon

David is a Wellington based planning practitioner who has worked in resource planning since 1985. Initially with central government, he moved into the private sector in 1990 and now operates from a small RM consultancy representing clients in both the public and private sectors. A commissioner since 2000, he has sat in both Panel and Commissioner sole positons on a range of RMA topics including District and Regional Plans/changes, designations, and resource consents. He has also been a member of four Government-appointed Boards of Inquiry since 2010.

 

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David Mountfort

David is a Christchurch  based planning practitioner who has worked in resource planning since 1976. He has held District Planner and Team Leader roles with the Gisborne District Council and the Christchurch City Council and now operates a small RM consultancy representing clients in both the public and private sectors. A Commissioner since 2010, he has sat in both Panel and Commissioner sole positions on a range of RMA topics including District Plans changes, designations, and resource consents.

 

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Greg Hill

Greg is an Auckland -based planner/ hearings commissioner with over 30 years' experience in planning and resource management for central and local government and as a consultant.  He has been appointed as a hearing commissioner by various regional and district councils including in Auckland, the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Northland, and by the Environmental Protection Agency (chairing the first hearing under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012). He was one of the Government appointed members of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel.  Greg is a presenter /facilitator for the Ministry for the Environment’s Good Decision Making certification programme.   

 

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Ian Munro

Ian is a planner and urban designer based in Auckland who has worked in both government and consultancy roles. He has worked on Resource Management Plans across the country including the Queenstown Lakes District. He has been appointed as a Hearings Commissioner in Auckland, Waikato, Thames and Queenstown. 

 

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Jan Crawford

Jan is an Auckland-based planning consultant with particular experience in plan-making, implementation and outcome evaluation. She has researched and published on the RMA since its inception. Most recently, Jan was a member of the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings panel (2014-2016).

 

Jenny Hudson

Jenny Hudson

Jenny Hudson has been a planning practitioner since 1984, with wide-ranging experience in land use planning issues. She has worked in both local government and private consultancy, and established her own planning practice in 1996. Over  the past 11 years she has sat as an independent chair, panel member and sole commissioner on numerous RMA hearings for Auckland Council, the Far North, Hastings and Kawerau District Councils, and Tauranga City Council.  She was appointed to the Ruakura Plan Change Request Board of Inquiry in 2014. 
 

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Mark St Clair

Mark St Clair is a Director with Hill Young Cooper Ltd - a public policy and resource management consultancy with offices in Auckland and Wellington. Mark has more than 25 years resource management experience in local and central government and consultancy roles. He has considerable experience in policy formulation for both public and private sector clients, and is also an accredited Hearings Commissioner. Mark regularly sits as a commissioner on hearings for resource consents, plan changes and general policy development administered under the RMA and LGA. In addition, Mark is a presenter /facilitator for the Ministry for the Environment’s Good Decision Making certification programme and a Development Contributions Commissioner.

 

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Paul Rogers

Paul is Christchurch based resource management lawyer. He has practised in local government and resource management law for 30 years. He is frequently appointed as an independent commissioner to hear and determine the more complex and challenging resource consent applications, plan changes and plan reviews.  Appointments have included applications dealing with water, land development for both agricultural and residential use, and plan reviews. Paul has been appointed by District and Regional Councils across the country.

 

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Trevor Robinson

Originally from Invercargill, Trevor Robinson has spent 27 years based in Wellington, practicing for the last 11 years as a barrister specialising in resource management.  That has involved participation in planning and consent processes throughout the country.  He has been lead counsel for the applicant in four Board of Inquiry processes, most recently the Tukituki Catchment Plan / Ruataniwha Dam Proposal in Hawke’s Bay.

 

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Yvette Couch-Lewis

Yvette Couch-Lewis is Ngai Tahu, with years of conservation experience on boards at a governance level on behalf of her tribe, and also has experience in management and industry training for local government and the private sector.

As a hearings commissioner Yvette has been appointed by regional and city councils with Otago, Canterbury and Southland.

 

Councillor Commissioners

Callum MacLeod

Calum MacLeod (Deputy Mayor)

Cr MacLeod owns and operates Cinema Paradiso. He is interested in local issues including the Wanaka Sports Facility and the Foreshore Management Plan; the proposed Queenstown Convention Centre and the District Plan Review. He is a member of the Wanaka Community Board, the Wanaka Sports Facility Steering Group, the Guardians of Lake Wanaka and the Wanaka Licensees’ Group. He represents the Council on the Luggate Community Association, Lagarosiphon Action Group and the Aspiring Arts Trust.

 

Ella Lawton

Ella Lawton

Cr Lawton works with the Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainable Practices. She is interested in developing policies and processes that build strong local economies. Cr Lawton is Deputy Portfolio Leader for Planning and Development, a member of the Wanaka Sports Facility Steering Group, Wanaka Airport Management Subcommittee and the Dog Control Committee. She represents the Council on Destination Queenstown, the Alpine Community Development Trust, Albert Town Community Association and the Ruby Island Management Committee.

 

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Scott Stevens

Cr Stevens is a businessman with interests in media, tourism and hospitality. He has a keen interest in the history and environment of Arrowtown and is active in Arrowtown business, sport and community groups. Cr Stevens represents the council on the Arrowtown Village Association, Arrowtown Promotion and Business Association, Arrowtown Heritage Trust, Arrowtown Design Advisory Group, Coronet Forest Joint Committee, Housing Trust, and the Dog Control Committee.