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Wairoa District Council CEO receives prestigious scholarship

Steven May SOLGM

Report by SOLGM

Wairoa District Council Chief Executive Steven May has been awarded a prestigious scholarship to the Melbourne Business School.

The 2018 Skills Organisation Melbourne Business School Scholarship, announced at the NZ Society of Local Government Managers’ (SOLGM) annual Gala Dinner in Auckland, will see Steven take part in Melbourne Business School’s Leading for Strategic Success programme, the School’s most senior leadership programme.

Steven May SOLGM

Scholarship judges praised Steven’s well thought out application which was supported by a strong desire for further learning, sharing these learnings, and encouraging others in their development.

“Steven has a long history in the local government sector, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to SOLGM, said Fiona Purchas, SOLGM’s Manager of Professional Development.

“The Gala Dinner is a very special event for the local government sector” says SOLGM’s Chief Executive Karen Thomas.

“It recognises the outstanding contribution and commitment to communities. Throughout New Zealand local government professionals are investing in their professional development. We are proud to acknowledge and celebrate this, and the important impact that local government professionals have on the communities we all serve.

“We are delighted that Steven has been selected for this year’s scholarship and are happy to support him on his leadership journey. We are very grateful to The Skills Organisation for their support.”

Steven is expected to attend a five day course at the Melbourne Business School and as such Steven has decided to take annual leave to attend the course and will pay for his own travel and accommodation.  The scholarship will pay for the course fees and is worth $12,000.

Also announced at the dinner were seven exceptional and innovative project winners, including a supreme award winner, overseas manager exchanges, and a management challenge winning team.

31 October 2018

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