Natalie Palmer is the Manager, Communication and Engagement at Hamilton City Council.
She leads 18 communication, media and digital specialists, responsible for all communications (including digital communications), engagement and community events. She works for a chief executive, Richard Briggs, whose mantra is to 'reimagine local government' – and she is.
Since starting at Hamilton City Council in 2018 Natalie has introduced a fresh approach to engagement and has taken on the challenge of making Council real and relevant to her community.
Natalie joined Hamilton City Council after forging a reputation for her innovative and creative approach to engagement at Waipa District Council and prior to that, at Tauranga City Council. She has a slew of awards.
In 2013 she won the Ted Zorn Waikato Alumni Award in Management Communication from the University of Waikato.