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CEO and Executive Leadership Team

Our organisation structure is based on 5 Directorates that collectively manage and coordinate the full range of activities and services to the City of Whittlesea community.

Each Directorate is led by a Director who reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Our Executive Leadership Team includes the:

  • CEO
  • 5 Directors

Find out more about our organisational chart/structure.

Executive Leadership Team

Acting Chief Executive Officer - Liana Thompson

Liana Thompson, Director Partnerships and Engagement


Director Planning and Major Projects - Steve O’Brien

Our Planning and Major Projects Directorate coordinates the City of Whittlesea’s land use growth, planning it to ensure a sustainable future.

Planning and Major Projects is designed to provide a streamlined link through everything from strategic planning across the City, to the delivery of both private development and public infrastructure.

This significant, diverse portfolio includes sustainable, strategic and statutory planning for development across the City, building standard compliance, as well as the coordination and implementation of the City’s new works program.

Director Community Services - Russell Hopkins

Russell Hopkins, Director Community Services

Our Community Services Directorate oversees many service areas that impact the day-to-day living and wellbeing of City of Whittlesea residents.

The Directorate works collaboratively with the State and Federal Government to provide many of these services, and operates in partnership with a variety of community service organisations to meet the needs of our diverse and vibrant community.

Director City Transport and Presentation - Nick Mann

Nick Mann, Director City Transportation and Presentation

Our City Transport and Presentation Directorate provides a diverse range of infrastructure services to the community.

With the high level of growth within the municipality and an increasing number of residents, there is a need to be responsive to community needs.

Some of the Directorate’s key functions include managing parks and open spaces, road, road-related and footpath construction and maintenance, building maintenance, engineering services, traffic management and road safety.

Director Corporate Services - Helen Sui

Helen Sui, Director Corporate Services

Our Corporate Services Directorate ensures that Council has the funds available to provide safe, useful and sustainable assets and services to our community.

This directorate monitors, manages, researches, reports and provides advice to Council on all financial and organisational matters and ensures good governance.

It directs and assists the organisation to achieve its goals by providing accurate data and introducing efficiencies and enhancements that best utilise Council’s resources. 

Acting Director Partnerships and Engagement - Belgin Besim

The work of the Partnerships and Engagement Directorate is critical in taking the voice of all Whittlesea residents to Members of Federal and State Parliament and Senior Government Officers.

It also ensures our residents, businesses, government authorities, strategic partners and staff are informed about important Council events, services, programs and initiatives.