Executive Team

Simon Bastion

Chief Executive 

As Chief Executive, Simon has the overall responsibility to ensure that Westland District Council:

  • Receives good policy advice.
  • Delivers all services to the desired standard.
  • Delivers the Annual and Long Term Plan.
  • Complies with the law.

In order to achieve this, Simon has the responsibility of ensuring that he has the right people to do the job.

Telephone: 03 756 9010
Email: ce@westlanddc.govt.nz

Jim Ebenhoh

Group Manager: Planning, Community & Environment
As Group Manager: Planning, Community and Environment, Jim is responsible for the department of Council which deals with resource and building consents, liquor licensing, environmental health and other registration and licensing issues. Jim is also responsible for the Council’s community development, library and museum activities, bylaw review process and the annual Hokitika Wildfoods Festival.

Telephone: 03 756 9010
Email: jim.ebenhoh@westlanddc.govt.nz

David Inwood

Group Manager: District Assets
As Group Manager: District Assets, David’s primary responsibility is for operating, maintaining and improving Council's infrastructural assets. These include roading, water services, recreational assets, cemeteries, buildings and solid waste disposal. David is also responsible for transportation planning and has overall responsibility for Asset Management.

Telephone: 03 756 9010
​Email: david.inwood@westlanddc.govt.nz

Lesley Crichton

Group Manager: Corporate Services 
As Group Manager: Corporate Services, Lesley’s primary responsibility is to provide effective financial management within the policies adopted by Council. Other responsibilities include the financial inputs and preparation of the Annual Report, Annual Plan, and Long Term Plan, and ensuring the Council Controlled Organisations meet their reporting requirements. Lesley’s team also provides IT/GIS support and frontline customer service for Council.

Telephone: 03 756 9010
Email: lesley.crichton@westlanddc.govt.nz

Diane Maitland 

Executive Assistant
As Executive Assistant, Diane provides the Mayor and Councillors and the Chief Executive with a comprehensive and efficient administrative and secretarial service and facilitates and maintains a professional link between the Mayor, Councillors, Chief Executive and Executive Team.

Telephone: 03 756 9010
Email: diane.maitland@westlanddc.govt.nz