The appointment of Peter Biggs as inaugural chairman of the new Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, is an inspired bargain.
I briefly dealt with ‘Biggsy’ as he is commonly known, in a former life.
My observation is that he’s great at doing deals and, even more importantly, making things happen.
That, in Wellington’s case as all and sundry circle but never get any traction around the idea that ‘we need to do something’, is why he will be great in this position.
As a colleague commented once, the job of a chairman is to get down and dirty and be fighting in the trenches.
Arguably, one of Biggs’ main attributes is this figurative hand-t0-hand combat skills that he possesses.
The former Wellingtonian of the Year (2003) is extremely well connected and networked at all levels across government and industry.
One of his mottos (according to one of his former colleagues), once a decision has been made is to “let’s pile into this guys”.
This is exactly what our city and wider province needs – essentially permission to execute something, and a bit of a blow-torch up everyones’ collective rears to make it happen.
As a motivator, a string-pullerer, loosener of wallets and most importantly of all, an enthusiast for a good idea that needs backing, having Peter Biggs onboard is fantastic.
So, welcome back from eight years in Melbourne Peter.
There’s plenty of things we could be doing here, plenty of ideas, some of them potentially big.
We look forward to you helping to kick them off in the new agency.
Collectively (adding to the WREDA’s four C’s – cohesion, confidence, conversion and communication) there’s a region that’s really behind you.
Note: WREDA’s so new, I couldn’t find an URL that directly relates to it. The closest is here.
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