Darebin Mayor, Cr Kim Le Cerf, today announced that Sue Wilkinson has been appointed as the organisation’s new CEO to lead the delivery of the Council’s ambitious plan for a greener, bolder, more connected city.
“Following an extensive executive recruitment process, I am delighted to announce that Sue Wilkinson has been appointed CEO for a period of five years starting on 18 September 2017,” she said.
“I thank the Independent Chair of the Council’s CEO Employment Matters Committee Mary Crooks for assisting our fair and thorough recruitment process.
“We have accepted the Committee’s unanimously recommendation in selecting Sue Wilkinson on the basis of her track record in local government, leadership attributes and values.
“I am confident we have selected the very best candidate from what was an incredibly high calibre field of applicants.
“On behalf of Council, I wish to publically thank acting Chief Executive Officer, Phil Shanahan, for his leadership.
“His extensive experience and strategic advice was critical in helping us to develop an ambitious Council Plan that will leave a lasting legacy on the City,” the Mayor said.
Ms Crooks said consultation with the local community, Council management and staff was central to the recruitment process.
“One of the fundamental elements during the recruitment process was to understand what skills, competencies and outcomes the Council and community sought in its Chief Executive Officer,” she said.
“The response was extremely strong and Sue Wilkinson emerged as the preferred candidate from a very high calibre field of applicants,” Ms Crooks said.
“This appointment ushers in a new era for Darebin as a vibrant and effective local government,” Ms Crooks said.
Ms Wilkinson said she is honoured by the appointment and very excited to be joining Darebin.
“I am deeply committed to delivering Council and community objectives and will work hard with staff to achieve future focused, positive outcomes in the years ahead.”
Sue Wilkinson’s total remuneration package will be $345,000.
Media release: 25 July 2017
About Sue Wilkinson
Ms Wilkinson is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Colac Otway Shire and has a strong track record of delivery of high quality, coordinated services and complex public policy outcomes.
She has significant senior leadership experience across both state and local government having previously worked at the City of Monash, the City of Port Phillip and the Department of Planning and Community Development.
Sue is highly regarded for her ability to engage with people and establish partnerships and over the course of her career she has developed strong working relationships with other levels of government and key stakeholders to deliver for the communities where she has worked.
Whilst at Colac Otway Ms Wilkinson has worked to build a strong organisational culture of community focused services and continuous improvement. She has also led the Shire’s community recovery efforts following several very challenging events including devastating bushfires, multiple floods and landslides.