CR SAMANTHA MCINTOSHMAYOR
Councillor Samantha McIntosh was elected to the mayoral position at the City of Ballarat in November 2016, in a unanimous vote by her Councillor colleagues.
She was first elected to Ballarat City Council in December 2008, representing the North Ward. Cr McIntosh was re-elected in the Central Ward in 2012 and 2016 and served as Deputy Mayor in 2012.
Mayor McIntosh has been a long standing advocate for Ballarat; her areas of particular interest have focused on the tourism, arts and events sectors. She is one of the city’s foremost advocates for protecting, enhancing and promoting Ballarat’s considerable built and social heritage and has been at the forefront of the City of Ballarat’s world-leading involvement in UNESCO’s Historic Urban landscape approach to heritage management.
Cr McIntosh has trained as a registered nurse (MRN) and has owned and managed tourism hospitality and health support venues in Ballarat over the past 20 years. She also has experience in a leadership/management role at Ballarat’s St John of God Hospital.
Justine Linley has an impressive and extensive background in organisational leadership in state and local government, and the education sector.
Ms Linley is an expert in regional planning and economic development, and has a leadership style that will foster continued innovation in Ballarat and the wider region.
Prior to joining the City of Ballarat, Ms Linley was the CEO of Northern Grampians Shire Council.
CR MARGARET O'ROURKEMAYOR | RCV CHAIR
Cr Margaret O’Rourke is an accomplished business woman with extensive leadership experience. She is the current Chair of Regional Cities Victoria.
She is a former manager of Telstra Countrywide and is currently a Deputy Director at the Bendigo Kangan Institute and Director at Goulburn Murray Water and Bendigo Health Care Group. Her previous roles include Chair of Bendigo TAFE and a Director for the Tasmanian Ports Corporation and Bendigo Business Council.
Cr O’Rourke was elected to Council on the platform of developing a strong and prosperous future for Greater Bendigo that encourages industry and job development. She looks forward to focusing on improving the retail sector and developing a strategy to drive growth, and believes this work will position Greater Bendigo as a key art and retail destination in regional Australia.
Cr O’Rourke is also looking forward to working closely with our rural communities and ensuring both rural and urban residents are better connected to new technology.
Craig Niemann has over 30 years’ experience working in local government.
He has been the Chief Executive Officer at Greater Bendigo City Council since December 2007 and prior to that Director, Organisation Support. Prior to this he was CEO of the Shire of Loddon.
Craig has an excellent knowledge and understanding of the Central Victoria area and has extensive experience and a tremendous understanding of community issues and processes.
He has played a key role in facilitating and encouraging the self-reliance of local communities and has a strong focus on community engagement and improving services.
CR BRUCE HARWOODMAYOR
Cr Harwood ran for Council to be actively involved in the decision making and future direction of the city.
Bruce was born and educated in Geelong (Geelong College, Deakin University and The Gordon TAFE) and has strong family connections throughout the region.
His vision is for a strong and united council that listens to the community voice and acts with purpose and direction. He wants to provide opportunities to achieve outcomes that clearly define Geelong as a ‘Smart City’, working with the community and all partners to accomplish this common goal.
A life member of the Geelong Amateur Football and Netball Club, a member of the Geelong Cycling Club, a member of the Geelong Environment Council, and a member of Geelong Regional Libraries, Bruce’s favourite thing about Geelong is the environment of the bush, the beach and the bay.
Kelvin Spiller is an experienced CEO and executive coach with over 35 years’ experience in building, leading, managing and developing professional teams in complex service organisations.
His previous appointments include working as a CEO in local government for (amongst others) Preston City Council, Darebin City Council, Maroochy Shire Council (Queensland) and the Rural City of Wangaratta.
Kelvin has been a member of over 30 boards/committees in government, industry and community in 12 different industry sectors in Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory.
CR PAM CLARKEMAYOR
Cr Pam Clarke is currently serving her fourth term on Council. She previously served as a Councillor for Horsham Rural City Council from 2003 to 2008 and from 2012 to 2016 including one term as Mayor in 2007-2008.
Cr Clarke has over 40 years’ experience in business and 13 in the social welfare sector, including 10 years as a Chief Executive Officer. She was also Chairperson and committee member of a community welfare organisation for eight years.
CR DARRELL WHITEMAYOR
Cr Darrell White is married to wife Diane and they have three adult children and five grandchildren. They live at Hazelwood and graze beef cattle.
Darrell’s working history includes:
1958-1967 – Administration with State Electricity Commission of Victoria, Yallourn and Morwell.
1967-1979 – Personnel/ Industrial Relations/Training Officer with L M Ericsson Pty Ltd in Morwell.
1979-1995 – Manager of the Morwell Community Health Centre.
1996-1997 – Manager Traralgon Tennis Centre.
1999-2008 – Disability Employment Consultant, Interact Australia, Morwell and Moe.
Darrell has been a former Councillor with the Shire of Morwell from 1981-1987 and City of Morwell from 1991–1994. He has been Mayor of Latrobe City Council for three terms: 1997-1998, 2003-2004 and 2010-11 and is the current Mayor (November 2017 to 2018).
His community involvement and sporting interests include:
Director of the Morwell Bowling Club
Chairman of PowerWorks Holdings Ltd
Past Chair and current Board Member of the Gippsland Sports Academy
Current Chair of the Latrobe City Tourism Advisory Board
Current Chair of the Latrobe City International Relations Committee
Current Chair of Gippsland Local Government Network (GLGN)
Darrell is a Life Member of the Churchill Tennis Club, the Churchill Football Netball Club, the Morwell Tennis Club and the Latrobe Valley Tennis Association.
His recreational interests include tennis, lawn bowls, football and golf.
GARY VAN DRIELCEO
Gary has over 34 years’ experience working in local government.
He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from University of Melbourne, is a qualified Local Government Municipal Engineer and also holds a Master of Applied Science in Organisation Dynamics (RMIT). Gary is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Prior to taking up the role of Chief Executive Officer with Latrobe City Council, Gary held Senior Management roles with Geelong City Council, Moira Shire Council and Southern Grampians Shire Council.
CR MARK ECKELMAYOR
Cr Mark Eckel was first elected to Mildura Rural City Council in 2000 and has served on four previous Councils. He remains committed to consulting with the region’s residents, local businesses and industries, working to make Mildura a better place to live now and into the future.
Cr Eckel is a White Ribbon Ambassador and believes that violence is a cultural issue and needs to be addressed commencing with our youth.
With wife Denise, they share six children, sixteen grandchildren and are great grandparents to two. In addition to working as a radio presenter, Cr Eckel is a keen sportsman, and lists Mildura’s geographical location, lifestyle and multicultural community as highlights of the region. Cr Eckel hold the Governance and Corporate Planning portfolio.
Gerard joined Mildura Rural City Council as CEO in October 2014. He has extensive experience working in the local government, community and not-for-profit sectors.
He is 57 years young, and with his wife Michelle, are proud parents of two wonderfully talented teenage daughters; and he has two fantastic adult sons who live in inner Melbourne.
Prior to joining Mildura Rural City Council Gerard was CEO of Greater Taree City Council on the mid north coast of New South Wales for seven years.
Gerard’s career in local government also includes time as Director of Health and Community Services at Ringwood and Heidelberg Councils, Director of Community Services and Acting CEO at the Shire of Campaspe and Director of Community Services at the City of Knox. His career also involved working as a Recreation Officer, Housing Officer, Youth Worker, Refuge Worker and a Counsellor. Gerard has also worked for the Municipal Association of Victoria, the Spastic Society of Victoria (now known as Scope), the YMCA and the Welfare Information Network at the Victorian Magistrates Court.
AS CEO Gerard is responsible for the implementation of Council policies and the Council Plan, providing strategic advice to Councillors and the day-to-day management of all Council operations including around 630 staff. He is passionate about the role of Council in building the capacity and vibrancy of local communities.
Outside work Gerard enjoys woodworking – with associated doctors’ visits, reading, writing, building computers and repairing teenage owned phones and iPods. He enjoys wide ranging social research and watching most sports. He is also a fanatical Collingwood supporter.
CR KIM O'KEEFFEMAYOR
Mayor Kim O’Keeffe has lived in Shepparton for most of her life. Greater Shepparton offers a wonderful lifestyle and is a wonderful place to live and work. Kim has run her own business in the service and training industry for the past 28 years.
Kim’s vision is for growth and to prosper with forward thinking and a progressive approach. She is passionate about the Greater Shepparton community and sees opportunity, diversity and so much potential for the region.
Peter Harriott is the CEO of Greater Shepparton City Council. Before that he was the CEO of Wattle Range Council (South Australia) 2013-2016 and a Director at Greater Shepparton City Council 2000-2012.
Over the past 30 years he has worked in local government throughout Victoria as well as 3 years on the Limestone Coas6 of South Australia.
Peter has a Bachelor of Civil engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration.
CR KEN CLARKEMAYOR
Councillor Ken Clarke OAM is the Mayor of the Rural City of Wangaratta.
He was elected to the City Ward at the 2016 Council Elections.
Cr Clarke previously served as Mayor of the City of Wangaratta from 1985-86 and 1988-89.
He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) on the Queen’s Birthday in 2011.
Cr Clarke is a retired Fellow of CPA Accountant and has a long history of involvement in community groups throughout Wangaratta.
Brendan McGrath’s philosophy is for Council to provide the best customer service to residents and visitors, work in partnership with the community when possible, and maintain a financially robust bottom line.
These three pillars will ensure Council remains a viable, relevant and responsive organisation well into the future.
Mr McGrath commenced as Chief Executive Officer of the Rural City of Wangaratta on 11 February 2014. Prior to this he had been Chief Executive Officer of Indigo Shire Council, a role he had held since February 2008.
Before starting with Indigo Shire, he was the General Manager of Community and Recreation with Mitchell Shire and had at different times acted as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Corporate Services.
Brendan has also worked in the private sector in the conference, accommodation and hospitality areas and has managed recreation facilities.
Mr McGrath is a board member and current vice-president of LGPro, the peak body for Local Government professionals in Victoria. He is also a board member with Tourism North East Victoria. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and is studying Business through the Australian Institute of Management.
CR ROBERT ANDERSONMAYOR
Mayor Robert Anderson was born in Warrnambool and attended Warrnambool Technical School. His work background spans 50 years in retail and electrical retailing.
Robert was elected to Warrnambool City Council in 2016 and elected Mayor for 2017/18.
Robert is active in several local sporting clubs and has umpired over 300 games of football. He is a Life Member Warrnambool & District Football Umpires Association; Tribunal Member for Football, Cricket, Basketball and Netball; 48 years a member of Warrnambool Bowls Club and 46 years holding office at various levels; and a Life Member Western District Bowls Division, including 40 years holding office at various levels.
Robert is married to Jeanette and has two daughters, Melissa and Tara, and six grandchildren.
Bruce Anson has been the Chief Executive Officer of Warrnambool City Council since 2008. His local government career spans 42 years, with 36 years in senior management.
He was the Director, Corporate Services at Warrnambool and the Shire of Euroa as well as Chief Executive Officer at the City of Portland.
Bruce has extensive committee experience including Chairman of Barwon South West Regional Development Australia Committee and a Member of Regional Management Forum Barwon South West, Deakin University Leadership Group, South West Sustainability Partnership and the State Government Regional Transport Advisory Group, amongst others.
Bruce has a Bachelor of Business from RMIT.
CR ANNA SPEEDIEMAYOR | RCV DEPUTY CHAIR
Cr Speedie has been a councillor since 2005 and has a daughter. She works at the Albury Wodonga Community College.
The development of Junction Place, the central business district and Logic are high priorities for Cr Speedie, along with attracting services and businesses that create new jobs and opportunities for the city.
Patience joined Wodonga Council in 2000 with extensive experience in planning, financial management, service delivery and evaluation.
She has a career-long history of fostering effective partnerships, forming strategic alliances and leading and developing teams. Through this experience, she has developed a sound knowledge of a range of sectors including all levels of government, the community and business and service areas. Patience has a commitment to initiatives at the regional, state and federal levels and in ensuring the best outcomes for Wodonga.