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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

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.


Simon Thomas

Interim Director Infrastructure and Open Space

Simon Thomas

Started role in 2020

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Post Graduate in Management and Municipal Engineering

Simon has extensive knowledge of the municipal sector with over 38 years experience in local government including 20 years in second level roles at Bayside City Council, Yarra Ranges Shire Council, and more recently Stonnington City Council including a term as Interim CEO.

An experienced senior manager in Local Government with strong financial management skills. Simon has delivered multiple major projects in complex stakeholder environments, with has a track record of improving operational efficiencies for better organisational and customer outcomes.


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.


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