Noticeboard: Leadership overhaul at Lake Macquarie Council

Our wrap of the latest appointments in and around government and the public service across Australia.

In this wrap:

  • Leadership overhaul at Lake Macquarie Council
  • City of Melville farewells CEO
  • Latrobe Valley appoints health advocate
  • New appointments to Victoria’s EPA board

Leadership overhaul at Lake Macquarie Council

Tony Farrell 

A new leadership team has been appointed at Lake Macquarie City Council as part of an organisational restructure.

Tony Farrell, formerly director of city strategy, has been appointed deputy chief executive officer.

David Hughes has been appointed director of built and natural assets, Laura Kendall will take up the role of director organisational services and John Ferguson becomes the director of service delivery.

Mr Hughes previously worked in senior management positions in the private sector, including most recently with Ampcontrol, while Ms Kendall and Mr Ferguson were promoted from management positions within council.

More appointments within the senior management team will be announced over the coming weeks, according to CEO Morven Cameron.

City of Melville farewells CEO

Shayne Silcox

After 10 years of service the City of Melville’s CEO Shayne Silcox has resigned from his position and taken up a new role in local government.

Dr Silcox has received numerous awards for public service, including the WA Local Government Association’s Distinguished Officers Award.

Under Dr Silcox’s leadership the City of Melville has won numerous awards including Top Local Government in the State in Financial Sustainability.

Mayor Russell Aubrey paid tribute to Dr Silcox, who joined as CEO in 2008 after leading the City of Belmont and Nedlands.

“Shayne’s contribution to our community has quite literally been transformative. When he came to us we were dealing with many challenges as a local government authority – not the least of which was a global financial crisis,” he said.

Latrobe Valley appoints health advocate

Jane Anderson

The Latrobe Valley has appointed a health and wellbeing advocate, Jane Anderson, as part of a broader strategy to improve the health of the community in the aftermath of the Hazelwood fires.

Ms Anderson, who is currently regional director of Anglicare Victoria and has 20 years’ experience in community work, is set to start in the position early next month.

The appointment was a key recommendation from the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry, which investigated the health impacts of a recent mine fire on the community.

Over the next three years, Ms Anderson will work with the community, government, business and the not-for-profit sector, the Latrobe Health assembly and other stakeholders.

Ms Anderson said there is great momentum in Latrobe Valley at the moment. 

“In my new role, I’ll be working with the community, hearing from people about issues and concerns and advocating and advising government on their behalf.”

Appointments to Victoria’s EPA board

Cheryl Batagol

A series of new appointments has been made to the board of Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority.

Minister for the Environment Lily D’Ambrosio last week announced the appointment of a new governing board run by Cheryl Batagol, who has been the chair of the EPA since 2009 and has more than 40 years’ experience in the waste management, water and environment sectors.

The eight-person board will consist of Greg Tweedly as deputy chair, Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith, Graeme Ford, Professor Rebekah Brown, Ross Pilling, Monique Conheady and Debra Russell and will come into operation from 1 July.

The board members will lead the EPA in responding to the Independent Inquiry into the EPA.

Minister D’Ambrosio said the board comes from a variety of backgrounds.

“This board has a fantastic cross section of experience and knowledge to help us implement our vital reforms to the EPA.”

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