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

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 $160 million business which delivers more than 120 services to the Glen Eira community, Rebecca’s prior roles have included CEO at Mitchell Shire Council and Director of Corporate Services at Yarra Ranges Council. She has also held senior executive roles at Swindon Borough Council in the UK, National University of Ireland in Dublin, and with the Queensland State Government.

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 also a Board Director of Zoos Victoria and sits on the South East Water Customer and Community Council.

Rebecca holds a Masters in Strategic Human Resource Management, a Bachelor of Arts and a Grad Cert in Business Administration. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and in 2018 was delighted to be named one of the Top 50 public sector women in Victoria.


Peter Jones

Director Community Wellbeing

Peter Jones

Started role 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 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

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.


Mark Saunders

Executive Manager COVID-19 Response and Recovery 

Mark Saunders

Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health) 1994, Swinburne University

Mark has had more than 20 years’ experience working in public health and emergency management roles within Local Government. He has extensive experience in the areas of municipal emergency relief and recovery, public health policy, environmental health, immunisation services and maternal and child health. He has held a range of community service management roles in the areas of public health, community development, family, youth and children’s services and library services.


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.


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