Organisational structure

To ensure Council is able to deliver services effectively and efficiently to the community, it has delegated certain responsibilities to the Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Executive Officer, along with four directors form Council’s executive team. Each director heads a specific area of responsibility and is supported by business unit managers and their staff.

Chief Executive Officer

Rebecca McKenzie

Commenced position in February 2016

Bachelor of Arts (Griffith University), Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Griffith University), Master of Science (Sheffield Hallam University UK), Graduate (Australian Institute of Company Directors)

Rebecca is an accomplished leader with a successful career at executive level across three countries and three sectors. Before joining Glen Eira City Council, Rebecca’s prior roles included CEO at Mitchell Shire Council in Melbourne’s north and Director of Corporate Services for Yarra Ranges Council. During an eight year stint abroad, Rebecca held director level roles in human resource management at Swindon Borough Council in the United Kingdom (UK) and at the National University of Ireland in Dublin. Her early career was spent in various roles with the Queensland State Government. Rebecca is also Vice President of Local Government Professionals Victoria.


Director Community Wellbeing

Peter Jones

Commenced position in 2003

Bachelor of Social Work (Hons), Master of Business Administration (Monash University)

Peter joined Council in July 2001 as Human Resources Manager. His career has spanned human resources, education and community services. He has extensive experience in community services, in both the not-for-profit and public sector, and has held a range of human services management roles in the areas of children’s services, youth services and community development.

Peter Jones  

Director Corporate Services

Peter Swabey

Commenced position in 2004

Bachelor of Business (Accounting) (Monash University), CPA

Peter has more than 20 years’ experience in senior finance and company secretarial roles across a range of industries including Local Government, banking and finance and legal services. Peter has extensive experience in financial management, treasury, payroll, accounting system implementations and external financial reporting requirements.


Director Infrastructure, Environment and Leisure

Samantha Krull

Commenced position in May 2016

BScEng (Hons), GD Eng

Samantha commenced in the Local Government sector in 2007 and has worked in both metropolitan and growth councils. She also has 15 years’ experience in the private sector as a professional consulting structural engineer and project manager, in Australia, South Africa and Hong Kong.

Samantha has experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams to sustainably plan and deliver community infrastructure projects and programs in Local Government. In 2015, she received the Institute of Public Works Engineers (IPWEA) Victorian Sector Practitioner/Engineer of the Year Award.

 Samantha Krull

Director Planning and Place

Ron Torres

Commenced position in 2015

Bachelor of Planning and Design (The University of Melbourne)

Ron joined Council in 1996. He has more than 20 years’ experience in town planning in both inner-city and middle-ring municipalities. He has held a range of management roles and has extensive experience in statutory and strategic town planning, VCAT and planning panels. He has also successfully delivered a range of transport planning, sustainable development and traffic engineering programs, each with a goal of safeguarding and developing community amenities and wellbeing.

 Ron Torres