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New leadership structure to deliver for city

Thursday 23 May 2019

A new senior management structure at AlburyCity will ensure council meets the community’s hopes and expectations for our city, as set out in Albury 2030 - the strategic blueprint for our economic, social and environmental future.

As part of a major organisational review, the senior leadership team of a General Manager and four Directors will be replaced by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and two Deputy CEOs.

I was pleased to announce this week that two of our long-serving Directors, Tracey Squire and Brad Ferris, have been appointed as Deputy CEOs.

Tracey, who is currently Council’s Director, Economic Development and Tourism, will take up the position of Deputy CEO Business, Growth and Community, while Brad – who’s now our Director of Engineering, will become Deputy CEO Infrastructure, Planning and Environment.

Tracey is a proven strategic leader with a wealth of experience in local government and finance, and she brings a high level of business and commercial acumen coupled with community building to this role.

Brad brings over 30 years of local government experience; 11 of these as Director of Engineering at AlburyCity. A qualified civil engineer, Brad has extensive experience in providing strong leadership as well as setting the strategic direction for infrastructure, development and commercial business related activities across AlburyCity.

As part of this structure, my position of General Manager will transition to CEO, with the role taking a greater organisational focus on advocacy, strategy, vision and purpose.

All three positions will become effective from Monday 1 July.

These changes are a milestone for AlburyCity with the new structure to provide a more contemporary and streamlined management system that will allow senior leaders greater oversight and strategic vision for the city’s future.

Our new Deputy CEOs will be responsible for ensuring all our diverse functions are working together to achieve the direction and objectives of their respective Directorates as well as delivering on our shared council and community vision.

This vision was devised by the community under Albury 2030 and sets out the aims and expectations for our city to 2030 and beyond. By providing a flatter management structure, council will be well placed to deliver on that vision, ensuring our city becomes an even more attractive place to live, work and invest.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Directors Michael Keys and James Jenkins and Acting Director Simona Coad for their immense contribution to the city and council over their years of service.

Their positions will be completed at the end of June but their legacies will continue as seen in the important improvements they’ve driven for Albury, and all of us here at AlburyCity wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

The new positions were advertised Australia-wide and attracted more than 40 applications – proof of Albury’s appeal as a great place to live and work and I thank those candidates for their interest.

We’re now working to ensure a seamless transition to the new structure so that we’re well placed to meet the opportunities and challenges that will define Albury in the decades to come.

But as always, it is the community of Albury that ultimately drives the changes that will see our city grow and thrive and I thank all of you for your input, ideas and passion.

We’re looking forward to continuing the collaboration between council, the community, business, industry and other levels of government to make our vision for the future a reality and our leaders – and indeed the entire AlburyCity team – are excited by the opportunities to deliver on your hopes and aspirations in the years ahead.