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RMA Reform Panel


The RM reform programme is ambitious, with some clear objectives being signalled for compliance monitoring and enforcement (cme). There is a push for more oversight, better outcomes and a strengthened compliance approach but at the same time more streamlined processes, certainty, consistency and less red tape is desired for the communities and industries that are regulated. With panel members from both local government and the legal profession, this session will explore the challenges and exciting opportunities that this era of reform provides for the environment compliance industry.


Jamie O'Sullivan
Independent Barrister


Jamie is an independent barrister and expert litigator with a specialisation in environmental and regulatory law. She has acted for councils in a large number of cases since 2006 and is an excellent advisor and in-court advocate.

Working closely with councils and their investigators, Jamie’s extensive experience enables her to provide high-quality legal advice that is strategic and practical. As a former senior Crown prosecutor, she has significant court experience in serious cases across multiple regulatory regimes, before both juries and judges. Jamie is well-versed investigative powers, privacy, disclosure, and evidence, and supports councils to achieve best practice through training and policy/process advice. She is also an experienced appellate advocate and has represented councils and the Crown in the High Court and Court of Appeal. 

Jamie is a member of Kate Sheppard Chambers, lives in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington and regularly appears in courts throughout the country.


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Alex Miller
Compliance Manager at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council


Alex has been working in and around environmental regulation for 15 years, with perspectives from time in Central Government, Local Government and a stint on the other side of the Tasman. Alex is a Compliance Manager at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the convenor of the Te Uru Kahika Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Group, and has a keen interest in regulatory stewardship, and articulating the benefits of effective policy implementation.




7th December 2022

Sue Atherton
Regulatory Manager, Selwyn District Council


Sue started her career as a Management Accountant for the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, before becoming a Health Service Fraud Investigator.  This then led to becoming a Senior Fraud Investigator for a major UK national auditing company providing proactive and reactive investigation services to many national companies, government agencies and charities.  After 15 years of Fraud Investigations and emigrating to NZ Sue then began working in Regulatory Compliance.  Sue has worked for Selwyn District council for over six years and is the Regulatory Manager.

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