CEO & General Managers
The day-to-day operations of the organisation is led by the Chief Executive Officer, who is appointed by Council.
Role of the CEO
The CEO has a number of responsibilities which are set out in section 46 of the Local Government Act 2020. These functions include establishing and maintaining an appropriate organisational structure, ensuring that Council decisions are implemented promptly, overseeing the daily management of Council operations following the Council Plan and developing a Code of Conduct for Council staff and Councillors. The CEO is also the main person to whom Council delegates powers.
The CEO is the only direct employee of the Council. All other employees report through their respective General Manager to the CEO.
Responsibilities of the Executive Services Unit also include:
- Executive support for the Mayor and Councillors, including approving Council reports and providing strategic advice to Councillors
- Implementation of Council’s policies and decisions
- Liaison with other levels of government and major stakeholders
- City development and investment attraction
- Leadership of the Strategic Management Team (Council’s Executive Leadership Team and senior branch managers)
Executive Leadership Team
Interim Chief Executive Officer, Philip Shanahan
Philip has over 30 years experience in senior state and local government positions. Having previously been the CEO in both rural and metropolitan Councils, including Portland, Broadmeadows, Maribyrnong and Darebin. Philip now consults to the Local Government sector, specialising in governance and cultural change, and has previously served in interim CEO positions while Councils have recruited permanent CEOs. Philip is familiar with the Mildura Rural City Council organisation and region, having assisted in previous CEO recruitment and performance review processes.
The Chief Executive Officer is supported by three Departments lead by General Managers.
General Manager Corporate, Chris Parham
Chris was appointed into the role of Acting General Manager Corporate in October 2015, and General Manager Corporate in August 2016.
Chris has nearly six years’ management experience in local government, having served in the role of Manager Information Systems prior to his appointment to the Acting General Manager Corporate position. Chris has extensive private sector management, project management, and information and communications technologies experience. Chris has a Masters of Business Administration, Graduate Certificate in Management, Diploma in Information Technology, PRINCE2 Practitioner and is currently studying law. Chris is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Responsibilities of the Corporate Department include:
- Organisational Development
- Human Resources
- Financial Services
- Information Systems
- Corporate Administration
- Internal Audit
General Manager Development, Mandy Whelan
Mandy was appointed into the role of General Manager Development in June 2016.
Mandy has over 11 years’ management experience in local government, having served in the role of Manager Organisational Development for a period of five years prior to her appointment to the position of General Manager Corporate which she undertook for nearly six years and now General Manager Development. Mandy has a Masters of Business Administration. Responsibilities of the Development Department include:
- Asset Services
- Development Services
- Parks and Waste Services
- Works and Engineering Services
General Manager Community, Martin Hawson
Martin has a broad and extensive background in community services leadership and management experience in local government.
Prior to his appointment to General Manager Community in June 2003, Martin was the Manager of Aged and Disability Services for five years. Martin has a Masters of Health Science and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Responsibilities of the Community Department include:
- Leisure and Cultural Services
- Community Care Services
- Community Futures
- Community Planning
- Strategic Planning
Enquiries can be directed to the Governance Unit on (03) 5018 8100.