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General Manager announces Deputy GMs

23 February, 2012Posted in: Other
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Wingecarribee Shire Council General Manager Jason Gordon has today announced that Phillip Marshall and Ann Prendergast will take up the positions of the two newly created Deputy General Manager positions within Council.

“Both myself and the councillors look forward to working with Phillip and Ann who bring with them a wealth of experience to the new roles,” Mr Gordon said.

Mr Marshall is the current General Manager of Narrabri Shire Council and prior to this was the General Manager of Bland Shire Council from 2007 to 2009. He has completed a Bachelor of Business and is nearing completion of a Post Graduate Certificate in Management. Mr Marshall will take up the position of Deputy General Manager of Operations.

Ms Prendergast hails from New Zealand where she was the General Manager of Strategy and Policy at North Shore City Council before establishing her own company. She has studied at both Harvard University in the United States and Massey University in New Zealand where she completed a Bachelor and Masters of Business Studies, Majoring in Accounting and Finance. Ms Prendergast will fill the role of Deputy General Manager Corporate and Strategy.

Both Mr Marshall and Ms Prendergast are tentatively scheduled to take up their positions in mid-April.

“Phillip has impressive experience as a General Manager in both Western Australia and New South Wales whilst Ann has a comprehensive corporate and strategic portfolio.

“I’m confident that both Phillip and Ann will be a huge asset to this Council and its residents.

“Combined, their experience and leadership will undoubtedly help Council tackle the challenges we will face in the years ahead,” Mr Gordon said.

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Councillor Ken Halstead, who was on the interview panel, said Council received a strong field of applicants.

“We issued more than 100 job description packages and received more than 50 applications for the two positions,” he said.

“The overall standard of applicants was very high and making our final decision proved very difficult.”

The appointment of the two Deputy General Managers completes the senior management restructure initiated late last year and replaces the previous three Director structure. The amalgamation of the three senior positions to the new structure is anticipated to save Council approximately $150,000 per year.

“On behalf of Council we sincerely wish outgoing Directors Scott Lee and Barry Paull the very best for the future,” Mr Gordon said.

“Together the pair have amassed over 50 years of Local Government experience, 17 of those years in the Southern Highlands.

“Their professionalism, work ethic, camaraderie and friendship will be missed by colleagues and staff.”