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Executive Management Team Executive Management Team

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

It provides advice to Council and is responsible for coordinating 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 has been the CEO of Fraser Coast Regional Council since June 2017 and has more than 32 years experience in local government. 

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 Certificate 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.


Mark Vanner, Director - Wide Bay Water and 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. 

Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aquatic Resource Management, Master of Environmental Management and Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Legal Studies. Mark is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has worked in the water industry for the past 12 years.  Mark’s background in compliance and regulation includes quality systems and regulatory affairs positions within the fields of medical device manufacturing and biotechnology.


Gerard Carlyon,  Director - Development and Community

Gerard has over 20 year's experience working in various state and local government roles covering the diverse aspects of the development and community directorate including areas such as regional and economic development, strategic planning, development assessment and engineering, libraries, open space and natural environment management, theatres, indigenous affairs and child protection. 

Gerard has a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and is a past recipient of the Local Government Association of Queensland’s Young Manager of the Year Award. Gerard strives to lead in a collaborative and engaging manner which brings staff, community, business and elected representatives together in pursuit of a common cause and has a genuine belief that by working together on the Fraser Coast we can build one of Australia’s leading regional communities


Keith Parson

Keith Parsons, 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.