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

Chief Executive Officer, Martin Hawson
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Martin has well over 20 years’ experience at senior executive level in Local Government, establishing a proven record for innovative leadership and creating close, outcome-driven partnerships with the community. Born and raised in Red Cliffs and a Sunraysia resident his entire life, key themes throughout his extensive local government career have been improving community well-being, particularly for disadvantaged groups, and creating strategies for the region to grow and prosper.

Council's Mildura Future Ready advocacy and funding strategy is a shining example of Martin's ground-breaking approach to improving outcomes for the Sunraysia region. Since it was launched in 2017, it has attracted $42 million in government funding for the region, making projects including the Mildura Sporting Precinct and continued development of Mildura's iconic riverfront a reality.

Throughout his career, Martin has demonstrated an ability to develop successful relationships at all levels of government and with key stakeholders, which is critical to achieving outcomes that make a real difference to the community.

Martin has also played pivotal leadership roles supporting the community through some of the region’s biggest crisis events over more than a decade as Municipal Recovery Manager. Most recently, through several COVID-19 outbreaks, he was a key member of the Northern Mallee Incident Management Committee, which successfully navigated the Sunraysia community through some of the most difficult stages of the pandemic.

Martin is an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate and also has qualifications in the health and education sectors, including a Masters in Health Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Health Science.

The Chief Executive Officer is supported by three Departments lead by General Managers.

Acting General Manager Corporate, Mark McMillan

Mark was born and raised in the Mildura area, having grown up in Merbein South on a sultana vineyard. He has mostly lived and worked in the Mildura area his whole life.

Mark has over 25 years’ experience working in finance related fields, including 14 years working in public practice. Mark has worked in Local Government since 2011 and has extensive experience in areas such as financial management, procurement and fleet management.

Mark holds a bachelor of business with a major in accounting and has been a member of CPA Australia for over 20 years. He is also on the board of the local Sunraysia CPA branch and is a qualified Tax Agent.

Responsibilities of the Corporate Department include:

  • Financial Services
  • Organisational Development
  • Information System
  • Governance and Performance

Acting General Manager Development, Daryl Morgan 


Daryl has almost 30 years’ experience in Local Government working within the engineering and development field. Daryl was born and raised in Red Cliffs and returned to the area in November 2019 to work for Mildura Rural City Council.

As a senior manager with extensive Local Government experience specialising in the areas of civil construction and design, contract management, waste management, traffic management and drainage, Daryl has worked on numerous projects involving landfill capping and construction, seven storey hospital demolition, railway lands remediation and development as well as various road and drainage construction works.

Daryl holds a degree in Civil Engineering, a Graduate Diploma in Local Government Engineering & Management and Graduate Certificates in Environmental and Water Engineering.  He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Engineers.

Responsibilities of the Development Department include;

  • Asset Services
  • Development Services
  • Parks and Waste Services
  • Works and Engineering Services

Acting General Manager Community, Mark Jenkins


Responsibilities of the Community Department include:
  • Leisure and Cultural Services
  • Community Care Services
  • Community Futures
  • Community Planning
  • Strategic Planning

Contact Us

Enquiries can be directed to the Governance Unit on (03) 5018 8100.