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Published: 2003-08-15 00:00:00

Environment Waikato today announced that Harry Wilson has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer designate.

He will take up the position of Chief Executive following formal approval by Council on August 28. Regional Council Chairman Neil Clarke said Mr Wilson is an excellent appointment for the professional leadership of the Regional Council.

"Mr Wilson was selected from a group of over 50 applicants from New Zealand and Australia which included some very talented, capable and experienced people," Mr Clarke said.

"We have gone through a rigorous appointment process and are very satisfied with the result. It is a tribute to the organisation that we have such competency amongst our staff."

My Wilson has been a member of the senior management team of Environment Waikato for the past five years as Group Manager, Resource Use. He has extensive experience in developing and implementing public policy. He joined Environment Waikato in 1998 following a highly successful career in the Children, Young Persons and their Families Service where he held a number of senior positions.

Mr Clarke said the new Local Government Act 2002 will present demanding challenges for Environment Waikato in the near future.

"We are confident that Mr Wilson and his team at Environment Waikato will rise to those challenges and the changes that will be required."

Mr Wilson believes the key challenge for the organisation is maintaining a sustainable balance between the natural environment, the economy, social wellbeing and cultural interests.
"Meeting that challenge is not just about science, it’s about people," Mr Wilson said.

"We have a vibrant organisation with competent creative people and it is their commitment that will help us get the balance right."

Mr Wilson is 42 and married with two children. He is a keen musician, photographer and sportsman.