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
Cr Margaret O’Rourke is an accomplished business woman with extensive leadership experience.
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.
KELVIN SPILLERCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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.
PETER BROWNCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Peter Brown is a long standing resident in the Wimmera. He commenced his current role as Chief Executive of Horsham Rural City Council in 2010.
He has previously worked at Warrnambool City Council, Horsham Rural City Council and as Chief Executive at Wimmera Uniting Care. Peter has qualifications in economics, accounting and management and has a keen interest in the economic and social development of the Wimmera and its place in the world.
CR KELLIE O'CALLAGHANMAYOR
GARY VAN DRIELCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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 GLENN MILNEMAYOR
Cr Glenn Milne is commencing his third consecutive term on Mildura Rural City Council. It is also the third time he has been elected Mayor.
Born and bred in the region, Cr Milne grew up on a dried fruit and citrus property at Cardross, while completing school and further education pursuits locally. He has always maintained a strong interest in horticulture. Cr Milne has also been employed as a press photographer, worked in community development and welfare.
A father of eight, including two foster children, Cr Milne is a life member of the Mallee Accommodation and Support Program and serves on the Board of Sunraysia Residential Services and the Mildura Chaplaincy Committee. Cr Milne holds the Governance Portfolio.
GERARD JOSÉCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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.
Dinny Adem was born and raised in Shepparton and currently lives on a rural property in Shepparton East. He has worked for large corporations as well as operating family owned businesses.
Dinny’s vision is to revitalise Greater Shepparton by attracting industry and other substantial employers to the municipality, for the benefit of all. He believes that a financially responsible, inclusive and cohesive Council will be the start of a new beginning for Greater Shepparton.
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 CLARKE
BRENDAN MCGRATHCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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 KYLIE GASTONMAYOR
Kylie Gaston was elected to Warrnambool City Council in 2012.
Her extensive background in the communications field and small business has served her well during her first term on Council. Kylie is a committee member of Business Professional Women South West and a member of the Corangamite Library Corporation Board.
She is a strong advocate for furthering educational opportunities across the region and is passionate about her city and the role she can play towards its exciting future growth.
Kylie graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media Studies and recently completed a three year Diploma in Local Government. She is married to Jean-Philippe and has two daughters, Ana and Armelle.
BRUCE ANSONCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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
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 HARRINGTONCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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.