HAYDEN Read is filling a temporary position at the Opotiki District Council over summer. Photo Sven Carlsson OS0186-10

FORMER Whakatane District Council infrastructure operations director Haydn Read will work for the Opotiki District Council in a temporary position until January.

Chief executive Aileen Lawrie said Mr Read would fill in for finance and corporate services group manager Bevan Gray until his return in January.

“As well as filling Bevan’s seat, he is tasked with looking at our IT system and organising our January annual pop-up shop,” she said.

Since leaving the Whakatane council in 2011 after four years, Mr Read has held several management and consulting positions for local and central Government in Wellington and Auckland.

He has a Master of Science degree from Auckland University, an MBA in International Business and Finance from Melbourne, and he has recently completed his doctorate at Victoria University’s School of Government with a thesis on Local Government Decision-making.

He has recently been appointed as a visiting scholar (remote) to The Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa in Canada.

He spent 20 years working overseas before returning to New Zealand in 2006 to work with the Whakatane council in the aftermath of the Matata debris flow.