Karen Lyons
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Karen Lyons

Ministry of Transport / Te Manatū Waka

Director, Auckland

  • Previously general manager for local boards at Auckland Council.
  • Established and consolidated the new local governance model for Auckland, and supported 149 elected members.
  • Managed the council’s quality advice programme and elected-member professional development programme.
  • Worked as an economist at the NZ Treasury and HM Treasury in London.


The Treasury / Te Tai Ōhanga
Senior Analyst, macroeconomic forecasting New Zealand Treasury
Nov 1996 - Nov 2000
Auckland Council
Group Manager Strategy, Group Manager Economic Development
Jan 2005 - Oct 2010
Auckland Transition Agency
Programme Lead - Local Boards Auckland Transition Agency (ATA)
Feb 2010 - Oct 2010
Auckland Council
General Manager Local Board Services and Quality Advice Lead
Nov 2010 - Sep 2017
Ministry of Transport / Te Manatū Waka
Director Auckland
Oct 2017 - Present

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