Kerry Leigh Francis Marshall MBE (born 1939/1940) is a former teacher and has made a career in local government in the northern part of New Zealand's South Island. He was mayor of three territorial authorities: Richmond borough (1986–1989), Tasman (1989–1998), and Nelson (2007–2010).
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Marshall was educated at Nelson College from 1954 to 1958.
Plaque acknowledging the contribution of Marshall to the New Zealand Conservation AuthorityBoth he and his wife are teachers by profession. He worked in Canada, Scotland and Banks Peninsula for some time before returning to Nelson in 1980. He became a Richmond borough councillor in 1982 and was elected mayor of Richmond in 1986. Following the 1989 local government reforms, he became the first Mayor of the Tasman District (serving for 9 years). He is a past President of Local Government New Zealand, and a Local Government Commissioner (2001–2005). In 2007 Marshall was elected Mayor of Nelson, defeating eight other candidates including Gary Watson of Mainland Television.
Marshall was also the Presiding Member of the NZ Lotteries Commission and Chair of the New Zealand Conservation Authority until 2008.
Marshall is the chair of the New Zealand Visitor Information Network, a member of the New Zealand Geographic Board, chair of the Greyhound As Pets Trust, was a Trustee of the Cawthron Institute of Science and Technology. He was also chair of the NZ World of Wearable Art Development Trust and the Tasman Environmental Trust.
Marshall is owner of the Kerry Marshall Company, which undertakes consultancy in leadership, management, facilitation, administration, communication and public relations.
Honours and awards
In the 1989 Queen's Birthday Honours, Marshall was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to local government. He was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal in 1990, the Sir Jack Newman Award to Nelson's Outstanding Citizen of the Year awarded by the Rotary Club of Nelson in 1999, and the United States Information Service Study Award to the United States, also in 1999.
Kerry Marshall is the brother of New Zealand politician Russell Marshall. The Marshall brothers married the Nelson sisters Colleen and Barbara Watson. Colleen Marshall, the wife of Kerry Marshall, was head of music at Nelson College for Girls until her retirement. She was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours.
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