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Karen Aspey, Director - People & Capability Manager, Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Karen is a Leader of People, Capability and Culture.  She is passionate about creating innovative people strategies which create a culture where our people can thrive and deliver for our community.  Informed by robust research, analytics and most importantly co-created with our passionate and highly capable people – the key to human based solutions.

Karen will be talking about Councils journey to reinvent the way they think about pay, performance and human motivation. Karen will share some key enablers, in-particular examples such as delinking performance and pay and rebuilding a pay framework based equality, and a performance framework based on human motivation and connection. 


Bay of Plenty Regional Council case study

Karen will showcase how the Bay of Plenty council are striving towards a platform of pay equality across teams. The council have developed a people strategy that transcends years of service and performance-based pay incentives and replaced this with a framework leveraging Daniel Pink’s: Purpose, Autonomy and Mastery factors. Karen will explain:

  • The development and history in changing past habits around pay equity
  • How the people focused framework is being rolled out
  • The reactions about the change through NPS and the “Spirit of Services” feedback.