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The Executive Management Team is made up of the Chief Executive Officer and four Directors.

It provides advice to Council and is responsible for co-ordinating the day-to-day management of the region. 

The Team monitors and facilitates the implementation of service delivery and major projects......

Ken Diehm, Chief Executive Officer 

Ken commenced with Council on Monday, 19 June, 2017. 

Ken was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Greater Geraldton since April 2013 and has more than 31 years of local government experience.

Ken’s experience includes a wide range of management positions in both the financial management and infrastructure fields, as well as executive roles which include the CEO of Willows Sports Complex Joint Board, Managing Director of a Business National, CEO of NQ Water, and Director of Townsville Water and Waste Services.

In addition to his role as CEO of the City of Greater Geraldton, Ken is a Board member and Treasurer of both Regional Capitals Australia and the Western Australia Regional Capitals Alliance, a former Board member of the Local Government Managers Association Australia WA, an Advisory Board member of the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Regional Development, and Deputy President of the Australian Chinese Business Council Midwest Branch WA.

Ken has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, a Masters Degree in Business Administration, a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution, a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Cerrtificate IV in Real Estate Agency Practice, and is a Prince2 Certified Project Management Practitioner.  

Ken’s personal and career goal is to make a positive difference in the community he serves and in the lives of the people he works with.


Peter Care, Director – Wide Bay Water & Waste Services

Wide Bay Water and Waste Services is responsible for providing water, sewerage and waste collection services to all households and businesses across the Fraser Coast region. 

Peter has more than 30 years of experience in the Australasian water industry and has been involved in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of several innovative water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

Peter is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and sits on a number of water industry groups within Australia.


Toni Averay,  Director - Community and Development

Previously from Liverpool City Council Toni has almost 20 years management experience in local government in Queensland and New South Wales.  

Toni has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, completed the Local Government Managers Australia Executive Management course and is a qualified Justice of the Peace in Queensland.  


Keith Parson

Keith Parsons, Acting Director - Organisational Services
Organisational Services is responsible for providing a smart, sustainable and customer-focused organisation, through a highly skilled and motivated workforce.  Through the areas of People Development, Information Management, Corporate Business, Financial Services and Fleet and Procurement this vision is achieved. 


Davendra Naidu,  Director - Infrastructure Services
The Infrastructure Services Directorate is responsible for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of road,  drainage and other infrastructure projects to meet the requirements of a rapidly developing region.  

Davendra Naidu holds a Master of Engineering  Management, Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), and Diploma in Civil Engineering & Construction.  Davendra has 20 years’ experience in Civil/Structural engineering and has worked in local government for the last 15 years including 6 years as Deputy Director of the former Maryborough City Council's Department of Engineering.