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Organisational structure

To ensure you get great service, Glen Eira Council delegates certain responsibilities to a Chief Executive Officer and four directors from the executive team. 

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Each director has a specific area of responsibility and gets support from business unit managers and their staff.

Here's some information about our key people.

Rebecca McKenzie
Rebecca McKenzie

Chief Executive Officer

Rebecca McKenzie

Started role 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 executive career across three countries and three sectors.

CEO of Glen Eira City Council since February 2016, Rebecca is passionate about local government’s role in creating liveable and resilient communities with a pride of place. 

Responsible for a $170 million business which delivers more than 120 services to the Glen Eira community, Rebecca has an extensive background and qualifications in public sector leadership, including CEO at Mitchell Shire Council and executive roles in the UK, Ireland, and Queensland.

A values-based leader who invests in people, Rebecca builds strong relationships at all levels, and mentors and coaches emerging leaders in the sector. She is the Chair of Zoos Victoria and sits on the South East Water Customer and Community Council and the Ministerial Gender Equity Advisory Committee.  In 2018 Rebecca was delighted to be named one of the Top 50 public sector women in Victoria.


 

Mark Saunders

Director Community Wellbeing

Mark Saunders

Started role in 2020

Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health), Graduate Certificate Local Government Management.

Mark has 20 years’ experience in senior community service roles within local government across of range services including public health, community development, libraries, aged care as well as family, youth and children’s services. Mark has extensive experience in public health policy, social policy and emergency relief and recovery services.


 

Peter Swabey
Peter Swabey

Director Corporate Services

Peter Swabey

Started role 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.


 

Niall McDonagh

Director Infrastructure and Open Space

Niall McDonagh

Started role in 2020

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Master of Business Administration and Graduate Diploma in Psychology

Niall has 30 years experience working across and holding leadership positions at all levels of Government. Niall started his career with the Australian Army, where he established his passion for combining civil engineering with helping the community. He also held a senior leadership role with the Office of Commonwealth Games Coordination, however most notable is his 20 years experience within the Local Government sector, where he has gained outstanding skills across a variety of engineering disciplines, including road safety, civil and structural design, coastal engineering, project management, waste services, infrastructure maintenance, construction and policy and strategy development.

Since completing his MBA, Niall has gained experience beyond infrastructure and held Director positions within the Statutory and Strategic Planning area and also the Local Laws and Corporate Planning areas.

Niall is passionate about Local Governments' role in building thriving communities. He has strong leadership values and focuses on the well being of staff as his foundational principle of leadership.


 

Ron Torres
Ron Torres

Director Planning, Place and Sustainability 

Ron Torres

Started role in 2015

Bachelor of Planning and Design (The University of Melbourne)

Ron joined Council in 1996. He has more than 20 years’ experience in urban 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 planning, VCAT and planning panels. He has also successfully delivered a range of planning policy, strategic transport, sustainable development, animal management and traffic engineering programs, each with a goal of safeguarding and developing community amenities and wellbeing.


 

Kellie Vise

Chief Transformation Officer

Kellie Vise

Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma (Education) & Graduate Diploma (Business) La Trobe University

Graduate (Australian Institute of Company Directors)

Kellie joined Council in 2020. An experienced senior executive, specialising in business transformation, organisational change, customer experience and stakeholder engagement, Kellie has over 20 years of leadership experience across a range of sectors including retail, utilities, local government and tertiary education. 

Kellie has led a range of impactful strategic and transformational initiatives in both regional and urban communities and has a strong commitment to social inclusion and self-determination.


 

Mary-Anne Palatsides
Mary-Anne Palatsides

Executive Manager People and Culture

Mary-Anne Palatsides

Commenced in the role in 2016.

Masters in Business Administration specialising in Human Resource Management (Deakin University), Bachelor of Applied Science (Victoria University), Diploma of Secondary Education (Victoria University), Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mary-Anne has more than 20 years experience in human resource management roles within local government.  In her roles at the City of Melbourne, Knox City Council and now Glen Eira, Mary-Anne has demonstrated her extensive experience in strategic and operational human resource management and organisational development at both a theoretical and practical level.  Her level of expertise encompasses a range of HR specialisations including industrial relations, leadership development, staff capability frameworks and development, employee engagement, workforce planning, attraction, retention and organisational and cultural development activities.

Mary-Anne has a strong drive and passion for making a difference in organisations by applying dedicated focus on people leadership practices and evolving organisational culture to enhance individual and team potential and performance.


 

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