ECan chair resigns

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Environment Canterbury chair David Bedford has resigned from the position due to ill health.

Mr Bedford took leave of absence from council two months ago due to ill health but recently said he will not be returning to Environment Canterbury (ECan).

He was appointed to the position by the then Environment Minister, Dr Nick Smith, in 2010 alongside six other government appointed commissioners.

Following the 2016 local body elections, Mr Bedford became the ECan chairman and guided the new partially elected council.

“During David’s time serving the regional council, he has driven significant change because of his strong financial and business acumen,” Ecan chief executive Bill Bayfield said.

“In particular, through his skilled chairmanship of the Performance, Audit and Risk Committee for a number of years, and, since last October, as chairman of the council.

“He has also built strong relationships with district councils and many other organisations across the region, particularly aligned with his leadership of the air quality portfolio, and his involvement with the Hurunui Waiau and Kaikoura water management zone committees.

“David’s enthusiasm and drive has been appreciated by all those in the organisation who have worked with him,” Mr Bayfield said.

Councillor Steve Lowndes will continue in the acting chairman role until the new Government makes a decision over councillor Bedford’s replacement.