Environment Canterbury chief executive resigns

Environment Canterbury Chief Executive Bill Bayfield

Chief Executive Bill Bayfield has resigned from Environment Canterbury to take up the role of Establishment Chief Executive for the new Taumata Arowai (Crown entity drinking water regulator).

Bill will leave Environment Canterbury after nine years as Chief Executive, on Wednesday 6 May.

The recruitment process for his replacement will be determined by the Councillors and commenced as soon as possible.

Bill started at Environment Canterbury just weeks after the February 2011 earthquakes.

He has worked with the Government-appointed commissioners as well as the interim Council (2016-19) and since October last year, under the fully-elected Council.

More information from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) regarding Bill’s new appointment is noted below.

Any enquiries regarding the appointment should be directed to the DIA communications team.

Information from DIA in regard to the appointment:

  • The position of Establishment Chief Executive is key to a successful build of the new Crown entity drinking water regulator, Taumata Arowai
  • Bill Bayfield is a vastly experienced chief executive with both central and local government experience
  • He has an in-depth knowledge of drinking water and environmental regulation
  • His appointment as establishment Chief Executive of Taumata Arowai is on a fixed-term basis to December 2021
  • The Taumata Arowai Board will consider a permanent appointment to this role once it is up and operating
  • Mr Bayfield is expected to take up the role in May this year
  • He will report to the Taumata Arowai Establishment Board which is expected to be in place by June/July 2020
  • An establishment Māori Advisory Group will provide guidance to the establishment board and chief executive on tikanga, mātauranga, and Te Mana o Te Wai