Sanchia is the current President of Taituarā – Local Government Professionals Aotearoa. She is an experienced public service leader whose career has traversed the globe, primarily in international, economic and operations roles. She has worked in both central and local government - a New Zealand diplomat and trade negotiator prior to taking up a series of leadership positions at Auckland Council, including as the Manager of Global Partnerships and Strategy, and the senior role of Executive Officer Operations. She has been Chief Executive at Central Otago District Council since February 2018.
Sanchia is driven by a desire to effect positive change and leave a legacy for future generations. Her reputation is as a strategic leader committed to building a vibrant local government sector. She is committed to helping design the future of local government – ensuring enhanced service delivery and a forward-looking workforce that is change responsive, and equipped with the right skills for the dynamic environment in which they work.