Sutton right man for big job

The appointment of Roger Sutton as the chief executive of Cera,  the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, is an inspired one.

The Press says:

Roger Sutton calls himself a “big picture guy”, but admits his new role heading the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) is going to require a wider lens.

As chief executive of Christchurch lines company Orion for the past eight years, Sutton has built a reputation as an approachable, communicative, analytical, creative and quirky business leader. . .

. . . In 2003, he beat 38 other applicants to the chief executive job.

He has made it his own through a tumultuous time in the energy industry.

Sutton said he relished the cross-over of engineering into wider society – economics, environment and regulation – and saw an opportunity to take those interests by applying to lead Cera.

“I didn’t initially apply but a lot of people talked to me about the role and suggested it would be a good thing if I applied, so in the end I did, so here I am,” he said.

He has taken a significant cut in salary to take the job. On Checkpoint last night he said he’d be dropping about $200,000.

That is a considerable financial sacrifice which shows his commitment to his city and its recovery.

It is a very big job and the wide approval across the political spectrum shows he is the right man for it.

5 Responses to Sutton right man for big job

  1. gravedodger says:

    Yeah I know it is a sign of my pathetic mental state for my listening but on the local wireless we have a socialist muppet Whining about how much Rodger Sutton was being paid at Orion he obviously thinks, no he doesn’t think, is indoctrinated that everyone should have as income the minimum wage. Obviously wouldn’t know talent if it hit him over the head with a baseball bat, now there’s a thought, and the dopy prick gets to cast a vote, sheesh.


  2. Richard says:

    Great appointment. That will shut up the carpenter – Brownlee G. Christchurch can now look forward to progress.


  3. Cadwallader says:

    An inspired choice. It would be wonderful if politicians could be as forthright as Mr Sutton. Best wishes to him.


  4. gravedodger says:

    @ Richard, not sure where you are coming from but I think Mr Brownlee was very instrumental in what I see as an inspirational choice of chief of CERA.
    BTW a bit generous with your honorific “carpenter” he had some training in that field but was a woodwork teacher at St Bedes his old Alma Mata.


  5. Richard says:

    GD: My view of GB is based on information I have that he has been “bloody rude” to certain groups in ChCh and this was prior to the Feb quake i.e. he had done very little post, Sept 10.- was blaming the city council on the eve of the Feb 11 quake. Post Feb he allowed work to be carried out in the western side to the determent of the more needy east.
    A little research through the MSM and might confirm my view.

    If it had not been for the Feb quake GB would have been history; Labour could and would have milked GB’s incompetence.

    GB, the carpenter/wood worker lost the the plot much earlier, last year, when he fluffed the issue about mining on conservation land, putting back progress in this area for years.

    As for the selection of Rodger Sutton, I suspect there were other hands in influencing the selection, those who could see that there was a need nullify GB’s input.
    Sorry about the “carpenter” descriptive – forgot that Jesus was a carpenter and did better things—


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