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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.


Samantha Krull

Director Environment and Infrastructure

Samantha Krull

Started role in May 2016

Bachelor of Science (Engineering) (Hons), Graduate Diploma in Engineering

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


Ron Torres

Director Planning and Place

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.


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