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CEO and Executive Leadership Team

Our organisation structure is based on 4 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
  • 4 Directors

Executive Leadership Team

Acting Chief Executive Officer - Joe Carbone


 Joe Carbone began in the role of Acting CEO at the City of Whittlesea on Monday 2 March 2020. Mr Carbone has worked in executive leadership roles across local government, health care and manufacturing/retail.

He was CEO at Manningham City Council between 2012 and 2016. He has held senior executive roles at leading healthcare providers including as CEO of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

Mr Carbone was the founding executive partner of iconic confectionary companies Suga and Koko Black Group, both of which have been lauded by the City of Melbourne for their innovation and contribution to the city.


Director Community Services - Belgin Besim


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 - Ben Harries

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, road safety and sustainability planning.

Director Corporate Services - Amy Montalti

 Amy Montalti

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. 

Director Partnerships, Planning and Engagement - Julian Edwards.

 Julian Edwards

The work of the Partnerships, Planning 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.

Another important role is to manage both Strategic Planning & Design and Development Assessment processes.