Meet our GM Assurance – Mike Grumball 26 March 2023 Tūtaki mai ki te Poururuku Rāngai Aromātairua – Mike Grumball We interviewed Mike about his role, what his day involves, his vision and how he lets his hair down. What does your job entail? He aha ngā momo āhuatanga o tō tūranga mahi? I’m responsible for the direction and outputs of the Assurance Team. This includes working with the Assurance Managers to set, implement, and achieve our work plan for the year. I contribute to the strategic direction of Waihanga Ara Rau through the setting of the Five-year Statement of Strategic Direction. This is currently going through a consultation phase with industry and other stakeholders before being finalised. What do you do daily? I roto i o mahi, ka aha ana koe i a rā? No two days are the same. Oversight of the Assurance Team, oversight of the Plumbing, Gasfitting, and Drainlaying project, contributing to the Leadership Team, and having conversations with people is all part of the daily routine. What are your hopes and aspirations for your team this year? He aha ngā pūmanawatanga me ngā tumanakotanga āu e hāngai ana ki tō tīma mo tēnei tau? We have a team of very passionate people. My hopes and aspirations are centred on ensuring that the team keep that passion and look forward to coming to work every day. We have a big work plan this year with the introduction of our Transformational Assurance Plan. This is an opportunity to change the way assurance has always been done, work collaboratively with our providers, and align our assurance practices to what a provider is already doing. We want to challenge ourselves and ensure we have a culture of continuous improvement. Sounds like a lot, but the team are already incorporating a lot of these aspects into their daily tasks already, so it is a natural progression. What do you do to relax? Me pewhea koe whakataa ai? I like to chillax and spend time with my wife, my two adult children, my grandson, and of course the two dogs. Outside of this, I enjoy cycling, walking, and working on my 1968 Rover P5B Coupe.