Jim Harland

Chief Executive, Waimakariri District Council

Jim is the newly appointed Chief Executive of the Waimakariri District Council.

Prior to this Jim was the Director Regional Relationships – Southern, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. He has been involved in a number of projects including chairing the Visiting Drivers Project, the Kaikoura Restoration Liaison Group and the Road Controlling Authority Forum, and was a member of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuilding Team Board. Jim led a Ministerial Road Maintenance Task Force (2011-2012) and chairs the Road Efficiency Group which is responsible for implementing the findings.

Before joining Waka Kotahi, Jim was Chief Executive of Dunedin City Council. This followed senior roles in local government and the private sector, specialising in strategic thinking, tourism, change management and leadership of complex projects. The World Health Organisation has used Jim’s expertise in understanding and leading communities on several occasions to further their Healthy Cities Initiative.