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View what Manukau City Council CCO Board leaders said about Leigh in 2010

 

Bernardine Vester
Roger Gower
David R Hosking
Dr Stuart Middleton
Lomond Steel
Matthew Horton
 

Leigh has championed the establishment of COMET as an arms-length council-owned entity and charitable trust with a brief for achieving better education outcomes across the city. He offers outstanding leadership in learning in the Manukau region. His enthusiastic participation in COMET activities – such as the Principal for a Day events - demonstrates his willingness to listen and learn. Leigh generates commitment from his staff to the vision of the Council for education as a community development tool through his interest and involvement in Trust activities. Leigh’s inclusiveness and ability to connect different parts of the community together has contributed to the effectiveness of Manukau networks in delivering value to citizens.
Bernardine Vester
Chief Executive
City of Manukau Education Trust (COMET)

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I have worked with Leigh Auton for several years in my capacity as Chairman of Tomorrow's Manukau Properties Limited and a previous Director of Auckland Regional Transport Network Limited. It has been a real pleasure to work with Leigh as he brings a huge deal of enthusiasm to the organisations he works with so as to create the best conditions for growth and success. Leigh's leadership and strategic ability and capacity have been of great benefit to me and to TMPL while we created the organisation and executed its business plan. It has been clear to TMPL that Leigh was able to bring focus to each of the political wing and the bureaucracy at the Council so as TMPL could be successful and a good strategic partner for the Council. Leigh's ability to create and enunciate a clear strategic vision while bringing about a cultural change in his own organisation are valuable competencies that will be valued by others Leigh transacts with in the future. I have found Leigh's experience with combining the business execution objectives of Council Controlled Organisations and the like with the strategy and political objectives of the Council itself to be most valuable at both the organisation creation stage and once TMPL was into its work."
Roger Gower

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I am writing this reference in my capacity as Chairman of Highbrook Park Trust. I have known Leigh for over 10 years and have had dealings with him in his role as the Chief Executive Officer of Manukau City Council. Leigh has been an excellent CEO to deal with. He is very approachable and issues we have had to deal with have been handled in a professional manner. Leigh has the ability to look at issues from all angles to ensure the best result is achieved. In my experience I have found Leigh to exercise high standards of honesty and integrity. I have enjoyed my association with Leigh and wish him every success for the future."
David R Hosking
Chairman
Highbrook Park Trust

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“As Chairman of the Board of Directors of Manukau Leisure Services Ltd I have worked closely with Leigh Auton in his capacity as Chief Executive of the Manukau City Council. I can say with confidence that Leigh Auton’s grasp of the intricacies of the local government is immense and he handles that knowledge and experience with agility and skill. The Board of Manukau Leisure Services Ltd and I have found him always to be accessible, willing to engage in issues in a wide range of areas and clear and concise in advice he gives. He maintains a constant good humour and relates with ease to a very wide range of people. I recommend Leigh and his team without hesitation – he will add value to the activities and performance or organisations both small and large.”
Dr Stuart Middleton ONZM

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“I have known Leigh Auton since I was appointed one of the foundation directors of Manukau City Investments Limited - a council controlled organisation - soon after the company was established in 2005. My relationship with Leigh became closer after 2007 when I was appointed chairman of the company.

At all times, in both the professional and personal associations I have had with Leigh, I have found him to be very capable and courteous. He showed me he was able to understand and grasp the strategic and commercial issues which our company and Manukau City Council had to consider and, when required, was able to present those issues to the ultimate decision makers in a clear and appropriate manner.

I am happy to both elaborate on these comments and respond to anybody seeking further information.” Lomond Seel

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“Enterprising Manukau has worked with Leigh Auton prior to and during his time as Chief Executive of Manukau City Council. We have been fortunate to benefit from Leigh’s pragmatic and practical response to contractual negotiations and completion. His experience and knowledge have been useful in dealing with our clients and finding solutions that are commercially realistic. He has been easily able to discern the heart of the matter and gain quick resolution.”
Matthew Horton: Horton Media Ltd
Gaelle Deighton Enterprising Manukau

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View feedback from Leigh’s seminar and conference presentations:

NZPI Breakfast Club Meetings

  • Leigh is a fantastic MC with a very warm and engaging manner.
  • Leigh is excellent. What else could I say!!
  • Many thanks to Leigh and the NZPI for initiating these breakfasts. I've gained a lot from taking part both professionally and personally.
  • It is a great initiative and Leigh deserves our thanks for his sterling effort.

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PwC Local Government Sector Presentation

  • Very good to have someone with local government experience explain needs from their perspective. - Very interesting and dynamic session.
  • Leigh was a great presenter and there was a great discussion.
  • Also good to have client perspective
  • Leigh Auton was outstanding and the interaction with the group was very valuable.

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NZPI Integrated Planning – The Tools in the Toolkit Seminar 

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  • A great course, fun educational and relevant. Inspired again to go back and put what I learnt into practice. Thank you for a great team.
  • Please run this course again and promote it heavily rather than tucking it at the very back of a long CRP list – it’s fantastic and lots of people would benefit from it.
  • Large amount of information. Could be broken down into simpler messages. Very good.
  • Excellent and very relevant for planners which is great as always hard to find courses for planners.
  • Everything was great… one of the best courses I have ever done.
  • Excellent course, far exceeded expectations. I had lots of fun!!!
  • Quite a lot of information for two days – day one was really long. Look at where information should be compressed. An excellent course and a pleasure to attend.
  • This is one of the most transformational, practical and useful courses I’ve been on – I encourage NZPI to offer this again and advertise it better. Thank you both!

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