New management team starts at Council

Media release - 6 February 2018

Implementing an organisational restructure, improved strategic planning and better community connections are just a few of the broad aims of the new executive team of Kempsey Shire Council, that commenced this week.

New General Manager, Craig Milburn was appointed in early December and has been involved in selecting his team before his formal start with Council yesterday.

Craig has over 40 years’ experience in private industry, local government and the not-for-profit sector. His hands-on service delivery experience has led to positions with a senior management and strategic planning focus at a local and regional level. He has also led and worked with multidisciplinary teams and interagency task groups and most recently was Director of Finance, Corporate and Community Services at Shoalhaven City Council.

“I’m thrilled about this opportunity and the move back to the North Coast to live in the Kempsey Shire.

“One of the clear impressions I’ve formed in my research and the contact I’ve had over the last eight weeks, is that there are a lot of really dedicated and experienced people working at Kempsey Council, making sure the work of Council is delivered in the community.

“I’m committed to meeting with all staff and major community groups over the first few months, to understand more about the strengths of the organisation and how I can build on the restructure process Council is undertaking to develop an organisational vision that brings Council closer to the community,” said Craig.

Newly appointed Director Corporate, Stephen Mitchell, also commenced on Monday 5 February, having come from a role with Mid North Coast Local Health District as Commercial Manager - Strategy, Contracts and Procurement.

“I’m excited to be able to bring my governance, finance and strategy experience from health and Essential Energy into Local Government. Being part of a whole new executive team means we can take a fresh approach and focus on positive change,” said Stephen.

Recruitment for a Director Operations is still underway with Steven Beasley appointed as an Interim Director. Steven brings significant experience in customer focussed services and change management, having worked with Transport NSW and Railcorp.

Craig Milburn and Stephen MitchellKempsey Shire Council's new General Manager Craig Milburn and Director Corporate Stephen Mitchell