CEO and Executive

Council has three divisions reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Tom O'Reilly. The divisions are Community Wellbeing; Infrastructure and Development; and Corporate Services. Each of these divisions is made up of individual units, each led by a senior officer. The Chief Executive Officer is directly accountable to the Mayor and Councillors, who are elected by Gannawarra Shire ratepayers.


Chief Executive Officer - Tom O'Reilly





AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: Council Planning and Performance; Councillor Support; Economic Development and Tourism

Tom joined Gannawarra Shire Council in the role of Director Corporate Services in March 2016, taking up the position of CEO in December 2017. Prior to joining GSC, Tom was a consultant with the CT Management Group undertaking local government assignments with the Shire of Buloke, Latrobe City Council and King Island Council. Tom was employed with the Greater Shepparton City Council for 11 years – six years of that time as Director Business and Finance. He has also worked in the private sector with four years as CEO of Metzke+Allen Chartered Accountants based in Shepparton. His career in Northern Victoria is extensive given he also worked with Goulburn-Murray Water for 11 years, along with seven years with Goulburn Valley Water. Tom has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). He has served on the Board of Northern District Community Health, is a Fellow of CPA Australia and also a Fellow of the Goulburn Murray Community Leadership Program Inc.




Director Corporate Services - Phil Higgins


AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: Finance and Budget; Audit; Rating and Valuation; Information Communication Technology;  Governance and Risk; Human Resource Management; Records Management; Customer Service; Emergency Management. 

Phil joined Council as Director Corporate Services in November 2018. Phil previously worked at the Murray River Council where he held a variety of positions including Director Corporate  Services. Phil’s earlier local government experience includes four years at the Campaspe Shire Council as the General Manager Corporate, six years at the Leeton Shire Council as the Director Corporate Services and time at the Gatton and Jerilderie Shire Councils as Manager Finance and Administration.  Phil’s extensive experience is supported with a Bachelor of Business Local Government , Masters of Business Administration majoring in Finance and a Graduate Certificate in Business Excellence


Director Infrastructure and Development - Geoff Rollinson



AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: Major Projects; Operational Services; Engineering; Waste Management; Landfill and Transfer Stations; Local Laws; Flood and Fire Management; Building; Planning; Aquatic Facilities; Recreation.

Geoff's earliest qualifications and experience are in agriculture. He gained extensive experience and knowledge in Local Government when working with both the former Borough and Shire of Kerang and then the Gannawarra Shire upon amalgamation in 1995. He has a Diploma of Civil Engineering and held the positions of Works Engineer and Manager of Operational Services with Gannawarra Shire from 1995 until he started in his current role in 2011.

Director Community Wellbeing - Position vacant


AREAS OR RESPONSIBILITY: Community Care Services; Maternal Child Health; Community Health; Children and Youth Services; Immunisation; Community Transport; Libraries; Arts; Culture; Community Sustainability; Environmental Health; Community Engagement and Communications.


For more information about the Gannawarra Shire Council's organisational structure please refer to the attached link:

Gannawarra Shire Council Org Chart - August 2022(PDF, 530KB)