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Matt Kelleher

Director - City Strategy and Integrity

Matt Kelleher

Matt Kelleher joined Knox in May 2019 as Director City Development, responsible for leading City Futures, City Planning & Building and City Safety & Health.

Before joining Knox, Matt was Director Community and Planning at Nillumbik Shire Council.

Matt has extensive experience in senior leadership and executive roles in the local government sector, leading teams across a diverse range of functional areas, including planning, city strategy, community services, customer experience, regulatory services and OD/HR. Matt has a strong track record of delivering on a range of complex strategic projects, with strong community and stakeholder engagement supporting his ability to make a positive difference for communities.

Experience in service reviews and leading change has enabled Matt to build high performing teams with a clear shared vision in delivering improved services and results for customers and stakeholders. Matt’s experience across a range of urban planning, community liveability, service performance and organisational capability projects and initiatives is focused on supporting teams and organisations to effectively position for strategic challenges in the external environment.

Matt’s formal qualifications include an MBA along with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Planning and a Graduate Diploma of Management, and he is a certified change management practitioner (ProSci). Matt is a fellow of Local Government Professionals (LGPro) and has completed its Executive Leadership Program, XLP.

Reporting structure


  • Manager Planning & Building – Paul Dickie
  • Manager City Safety and Health – Steve Dickson
  • Manager City Futures – Anthony Petherbridge
  • Manager Governance – Phil McQue
  • Manager Strategic Procurement & Property – Shelley Starrenburg
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