What's your current role, and what does it involve?
I’ve been the Chief Executive Officer at Rural City of Murray Bridge since June 2015, where I’m responsible for strategic planning, stakeholder management and communications, finance and asset management, human resources, governance and major projects. I’m also responsible to the Council to build a proactive organisational culture to deliver a “Proud, Safe and Progressive Murray Bridge”.
What‘s your career background to date that has led to your current position?
- Financial Management Professional since 1997 at the City of Port Phillip and the City of Yarra
- General Manager responsible for Corporate Services at Adelaide City Council 2006-2013
- General Manager Corporate Services at Rural City of Murray Bridge in 2013
What do you enjoy most about working in local government?
I’m passionate about implementing the strategies we have developed together, delivering the Vision, and making a difference for our Community.
What benefits do you and your council get out of your membership with LG Professionals, SA?
We value the opportunities to progress our professional networks and interact with local government peers across the state.
We’re thrilled to have you as part of the program for our 2019 Economic Development Conference. How have you shaped your Council’s involvement in economic development and what does the future hold for Rural City of Murray Bridge?
One of my key priorities upon commencing in the CEO role with the Rural City of Murray Bridge was to develop an Economic Development Strategy, which has guided our involvement in economic development activities over the past 4 years.
The Strategy articulates our long-term objectives in Economic Development out to 2030
What is the most exciting initiative that your Council is currently involved in? Any big projects on the horizon?
Council has committed to a range of major projects to make our entrances more attractive. These projects have included the delivery of a Freeway Town Entrance Statement, roll out of new Town Entrance Signs, the implementation of the Adelaide Road Linear Park Concepts and progression of the Swanport Road Masterplan.
Finally – what do you enjoy outside of work? How do you spend your leisure time?
My key commitment to out of work time is a personal training session each week and volunteering in my local community.