Public Sector

Tribe has a strong commitment to local government and supporting our territorial, regional and unitary authorities, as well as their CCOs in the assessment and placement of roles at every level in the organisation. We are able to lead assignments of multiple vacancies in a local authority at every level.

Tribe’s Executive Search Lead, David Hammond brings a wealth of experience and insight into the Chief Executive role having himself been a local government Chief Executive with 10 years’ cumulative experience over three district and city councils in New Zealand, including Nelson City
(Unitary) Council in 2017. David has deep understanding of the local government environment and the leaders in the sector. His own experience was known for tourism expertise, introducing devolved governance models to local government, and at TCDC reduced operations costs to the lowest per property in the Waikato (as endorsed by the Taxpayer’s Union).

David has lead and assisted numerous local government placements at every level including Chief Executives of councils and CCOs. He also has high expertise in the environmental planning market.

David’s sector experience includes participating on the Localism Taskgroup of LGNZ in 2019, he led the local government Tourism Councils Workgroup, developed the LGNZ Best Practice Guide to Freedom Camping, and wrote national reports on the effectiveness of Community Boards, structuring EDAs and RTOs, and evaluating all councils’. David is a former national winner of the NZ Post/SOLGM Award in 2010 for Best Project in Local Government (Te Kahui Tupua) and was also TIA Winner of Best Council Project in Support of the Tourism Industry. He is a present or past Director on four companies including two LASS companies, and understands CCO structures, agreements, and relationships extremely well.

David is a frequent contributor to thought-leadership in the sector and has written articles including:

• Wellbeings: A second chance to get it right. March 2019
• Leadership in the age of sea level rise. July 2018
• Community Engagement: Council Partnership Charters. February 2018

At Tribe we believe that it is our role to provide an elected Council with the highest quality process, assessment and insight into the leaders brought forward as potential candidates. It is the role of the elected Council to probe that advice, refine the parameters and decide on the successful candidate. Tribe sees the process as a partnership to achieve success with our expertise and experience matching your understanding of your needs.
To find out more about how our Executive Search services can contribute to the success of your organisation, contact David Hammond on 027 444 6368 or email

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How Can We Help

David Hammond - Tribe

David Hammond

Executive Search Lead
+64 27 444 6368

Mia Mrsic - Tribe

Mia Mrsic

Project Manager & Researcher
+64 27 213 2356

Alexis Brook - Tribe

Alexis Brook

Executive Search Administrator
+64 27 269 8691

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