As stewards for 11% of the total land area of Aotearoa New Zealand, including the outstanding beauty of Fiordland Stewart Island Rakiura National Parks together with more than 30 unique communities, Southland District Council (Council) manages the largest land area of any New Zealand territorial authority.

Following the creation of a new leadership structure, with a focus on innovation, partnerships and agility, Southland District Council was seeking a talented Group Manager Strategy and Partnerships – a newly created executive level role, reporting to the Chief Executive, established to deliver Council’s vision.

Decipher Group was selected as Council’s recruitment partner for the executive search for this critical role. And we are pleased to announce the appointment of Vibhuti Chopra.

Vibhuti is an experienced people leader within the local government environment including recent roles as Director Strategy, Partnerships and Growth at Upper Hutt City Council, and GM Corporate Services at Waitomo District Council.

Vibhuti joined the team in June 2024.

Executive search led by Sarah Dixon.

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