Executive leadership team members

Executive team

Malcolm Nicolson - CEO

Born and raised on a farm in the small rural community of Warmbaths in South Africa, Malcolm emigrated to New Zealand with his family in 1996. They became New Zealand citizens in the Whare Runanga on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds on 1 January, 2000 in a special millennial ceremony.

Malcolm and Theresa have two children, and three grandchildren that are a source of great joy.

Strong family values and the quality of their home life are important to Malcolm and Theresa. They also place great importance on supporting and serving their community and this is reflected in their chosen careers.

Malcolm says, “I feel very fortunate that my role at the regional council allows me to contribute to the development of Northland. My wife, a qualified geneticist, retrained as a teacher for disabled children and now heads the Special Needs Department at Okaihau College.”

Malcolm and Theresa live at Hawkhill, near Kawakawa in the Bay of Islands area. They are preserving and conserving approximately two thirds of the 152 hectare farm, with a view to developing an ecotourism venture as a retirement project.

Colin Dall - GM Regulatory Services

Colin has more than 30 years' experience in resource management and working at senior management roles. He has worked at the West Coast, Otago and Northland Regional Councils.

Colin has a BSc in Chemistry, Diploma of Agricultural Science and Master of Applied Science in Environmental Microbiology (essentially specialising in water quality).

He has appeared as an expert witness before both Environment and High Court judges, giving evidence in relation to resource consent applications and planning and enforcement matters, including prosecutions.

Colin also appeared before the Pike River Royal Commission to explain local government's role in the regulation of the mine.

He oversees the Regulatory group which includes coastal and environmental monitoring; consents; compliance; and resource management policy and planning.

Jonathan Gibbard - Acting GM Environmental Services

Jonathan's background is in RMA Planning, with a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning. His early roles at NRC saw him work on all council RMA planning documents including the development of the Regional Policy Statement.

The Environmental Services team provides work programmes for the Northland Region specifically for biosecurity, biodiversity, land management, natural hazard management, river flood control management and hydrology.

Jonathan also oversees our Maori engagement team.

Bruce Howse - Acting GM Corporate Excellence

Bruce has worked in a range of management positions and roles at the regional council and enjoys working for and with the people of Northland to achieve positive outcomes for the region.

Bruce's team includes finance; information services and technology, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and records management; health and safety; and human resources.

Ben Lee - Acting GM Strategy, Governance & Engagement

Ben has been with the regional council since 2007, he has a Masters of Science (Environmental Science), and his background is in resource management policy. He was the manager of the planning and policy team previous to becoming the Acting GM Strategy, Governance and Engagement.

Working collaboratively with our community and other agencies is one of Ben’s core values. Ben says, “It’s important that we work as a team if we want to do our best for Northland, no one can do it alone. We’re in such a great position, close to the economic opportunities in Auckland and surrounded by an amazing and diverse natural environment.”

Ben is firmly rooted in Northland; he was born in Kaitāia and spent most of his childhood in Whangārei Heads. Ben enjoys spending time with his partner and three children at his bach in Whananaki. He also enjoys surfing, fishing, snorkelling and football.

Ben oversees the following teams: governance; community engagement; and economic development (including liaison with Northland Inc).

Tony Phipps - GM Customer Services | Community Resilience

Tony is the Group Manager of the Customer Services - Community Resilience group which includes the following teams: civil defence emergency management; customer services; transport and the Harbourmaster's office.

Contact information

To contact any of our Executive team, send an email to [email protected] or freephone 0800 002 004.