CR SAMANTHA MCINTOSHMAYOR
Cr Samantha McIntosh was re-elected to the mayoral position at the City of Ballarat in November 2017. 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 are 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 is also Chair of Regional Capitals Australia.
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. Ms Linley is also President of LGPro, the peak body for Local Government professionals in Victoria.
CR MARGARET O'ROURKEMAYOR | RCV CHAIR
Cr Margaret O’Rourke is an accomplished business woman and company director with extensive leadership experience. Cr O’Rourke was elected to Council for a record third term on a 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 a strong advocate for regional and rural Victoria. 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 was Director, Organisation Support prior to that. He previously served as CEO of the Shire of Loddon. Craig has excellent knowledge of the Central Victoria area and a tremendous understanding of community issues and processes. He plays a key role in facilitating and encouraging the self-reliance of local communities, with 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, the Geelong Environment Council, and Geelong Regional Libraries.
Martin Cutter was recently appointed CEO of the City of Greater Geelong, following several years at the City of Melbourne in a range of roles including Director of Corporate Services and Director City Business. He held senior roles at Australian River Co, ANL Limited and KPMG before entering the public sector.
CR MARK RADFORDMAYOR
Cr Radford was first elected to Council in 2008. He served as Mayor in 2014-2015.
Cr Radford is a local Electrical Contractor. He belongs to the Salvation Army, Horsham Arts Council and is the Secretary for the Vectis Rural Fire Brigade.
As a Councillor, he is a member of the Wimmera River Improvement Committee, Police Community Consultative Committee, Haven Recreation Reserve and the Sport and Recreation Advisory Committees; and he chairs the Wimmera Sports Stadium PCG.
Sunil has worked in Local Government for 24 years, including 12 years in senior management. He was previously Director Infrastructure Services at the City of Maribyrnong, where he had finance and operational responsibility for over 120 permanent staff and the delivery of services and programs totalling $60 million.
Prior to this, Sunil worked at the Surf Coast Shire Council for more than 14 years in a range of management positions including General Manager Governance and Infrastructure, Director Corporate Services, Director Infrastructure and Infrastructure manager. He was also with the Hume City Council for six years and the Shire of Bulla for over two years.
CR GRAEME MIDDLEMISSMAYOR
Cr Graeme Middlemiss has served continuously as a Councillor since the formation of Latrobe Shire/City Council in 1997. Cr Middlemiss held the position of mayor in 2003/2004, and has also served as Deputy Mayor. He was elected for a four-year term in November 2016 and elected mayor in November 2018.
As a council representative Cr Middlemiss is active across a range of boards and committees, including the Latrobe Valley Airport Board of Management; South East Australia Transport Strategy Inc.; and the Alliance of Councils for Rail Freight Development, known as the ‘Rail Freight Alliance’.
Cr Middlemiss worked for 32 years as a power station operator with AGL at the Loy Yang ‘A’ Power Station. Following his retirement, he also retired as State Vice President of the Mining and Energy Division of CFMEU. He served about 20 years in this and similar union positions, and is a life member of the CFMEU(M&E).
Steven joined Latrobe City Council in 2014 as General Manager Community Infrastructure and Recreation. He was appointed CEO in December 2018. He has over 20 years’ experience in local government, including eight years at Bass Coast Shire Council, where he worked as Community and Economic Development Director and prior to that, Infrastructure Director. Steven has a degree in Civil Engineering and graduate certificate in Business Administration.
CR SIMON CLEMENCEMAYOR
Cr Simon Clemence joined Council for the first time in 2016. Now retired, Cr Clemence was a Police Inspector and Local Area Commander for Mildura and lives at Cardross. Cr Clemence is passionate about the region and through his previous role has developed strong community links that enable him to work for the betterment of the community.
He has a strong background in crime reduction initiatives, ice education, family violence and improving Aboriginal youth training and employment. With particular interests in the economic development and the growth of the Mildura region, access to services and social justice, Cr Clemence is keen to support improved community safety, connectivity and employment opportunities.
Sarah commenced in the role of Chief Executive Officer in early August 2019. Sarah has over 20 years of leadership experience within local government, in South Australia, Queensland, and now Victoria. She has experience across many areas of local government services, including urban planning and design, asset management, economic development, community development, health, wellbeing and safety, libraries, theatres, cultural centres and the arts, environmental planning and projects, and major project delivery and implementation.
In addition, Sarah has been responsible for leading large teams and for changing organisational performance and culture. With a focus on good governance and sound financial management, Sarah combines this local government background with private sector and state government experience in the justice sector, most recently in courts administration. Sarah has built on undergraduate qualifications in library and information management, change management and a Masters. Sarah is passionate about working with community, making a difference to the people who live, work and visit our region, and ensuring that Council is focussed on adding value, operating efficiently, and providing responsive customer service.
CR KIM O'KEEFFEMAYOR, DEPUTY CHAIR
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 DEAN REESMAYOR
Cr Dean Rees was born to parents who both worked in retail businesses. He was raised in Wangaratta, before heading to Melbourne for six years to study and to work in the real estate field. While away, Cr Rees always appreciated the closeness of a small community and what a country lifestyle has to offer. He returned home to Wangaratta in 1995 to be closer to family and friends and opened his first real estate office. After 20 successful years in Wangaratta Cr Rees and his wife opened the Rees & Rees lifestyle store in Ovens Street, expanding on their property development business and lifestyle loves.
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 TONY HERBERTMAYOR
Cr Tony Herbert, was elected Mayor of Warrnambool in October 2018, having served as a Warrnambool City Councillor since 2016. He holds a Diploma of Education from ACU and a Bachelor of Science from Deakin University, and is a current board member of Warrnambool Basketball Inc. Tony has devoted himself to nurturing and fostering the city’s direction, first through his work with the youth as a teacher; and later through his involvement in many city developments and policy initiatives aimed at strengthening the economic direction of, and investment within, the city, particularly during his time as President of Commerce Warrnambool.
Peter Schneider joins Warrnambool City Council after nine years at the helm of Perth’s Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council. The EMRC provides services including waste management, resource recovery, environmental management and regional development to six member councils.
Previously Mr Schneider worked as the director of corporate services at the City of Joondalup, chairman of the Regional Development Australia Perth Committee and chairman of the Forum of Regional Councils.
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.
Mark Dixon commenced his role as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Wodonga City Council in April 2019.
Prior to his appointment Mark was the CEO and Managing Director of Wodonga Institute of TAFE for a period of four years. During his tenure at the TAFE, it grew to be the most successful regional TAFE in Victoria winning the Australian Large Training Provider of the Year in 2018.
Before entering civilian life, Mark was a military officer for more than 30 years in both the British and Australian Armies. He has seen active service in Iraq and Afghanistan and worked throughout Europe and the United States.
Mark is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and also holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from the UK’s Cranfield University. He has completed the Cranlana Institute’s executive leadership program and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) course.
Mark continues his association with the Defence as an Honorary Colonel for the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps and is also a member of the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership, supporting Regional Development Victoria.