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
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.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: Council Planning and Performance; Councillor Support; Economic Development and Tourism.
Director Corporate Services - Phil Higgins
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
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.
Director Infrastructure and Development - Geoff Rollinson
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.
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.
Director Community Wellbeing - Stacy Williams
Stacy joined Council as Director Community Wellbeing in November 2017. Stacy comes to us with over 12 years of Local Government experience. Stacy has previously held a range of roles in management and coordination of community services at Campaspe Shire Council, including the role of Community Care Manager, Community Programs Coordinator and more recently in the corporate role of Business Integration Manager. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Graduate Certificate in Business.
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 - 14 January 2020(PDF, 532KB)