Independent Assessment Board

The Independent Assessment Board oversees the CouncilMARK™ programme and its assessment system. It refines and confirms the performance indicators in the system, oversees the independent assessors that undertake the assessments and is responsible for the awarding of assessment ratings and reports to councils.

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Toby Stevenson (Chair)

Independent assessment board

Toby Stevenson is the inaugural chair of IAB.  He is a Consulting Director with economics consultancy Sapere where he focuses mainly on energy markets and infrastructure businesses.

Toby is a Chartered Director and in his corporate career he established the electricity trading function at Contact Energy and previously…
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Albert Brantley

Independent assessment board member

Mr Brantley is a former chief executive of Genesis Energy and current chief executive of Ōtākaro Limited, the Crown-owned company tasked with delivering Christchurch’s anchor projects.
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Catherine Harland

Independent assessment board member

Ms Harland has a deep understanding of local government and wider public sector developed over 30 years. She was a Watercare Services director for over 8 years and former elected Auckland local authority member for 15 years.  She has consultancy…
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Julian Butson

Independent assessment board member

Julian has 30 years business experience within New Zealand, the Middle East and Asia across Private, Central and Local Government Sectors. He brings a strong blend of Executive Management and Governance experience including advisory services within Local Government, and was the…