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Organisation structure

Knox City Council operates under a functional organisation structure, led by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The Chief Executive Officer reports directly to Council. The CEO is responsible for establishing and maintaining an organisational structure that ensures the decisions of Council are implemented, and its vision and Council Plan is delivered.  The CEO also provides timely advice to Council.

The Executive Leadership Team is appointed by the CEO and assists in the overall leadership and governances of the organisation. Each executive is supported by a directorate leadership team.

Executive Leadership Team members include:

  • Acting Chief Executive Officer - Ian Bell
  • Director City Strategy & Integrity – Matt Kelleher
  • Director Connected Communities –Tanya Scicluna
  • Director City Centre – Samantha Mazer
  • Director Infrastructure – Grant Thorne
  • Executive Manager Strategy, People & Culture – Sam Stanton

Also reports to the CEO:

  • Chief Financial Officer - Navec Lorkin

Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Ian Bell

Headshot of Ian Bell

Ian Bell has worked with Knox Council for over 30 years and has held senior roles in the areas of organisational leadership, service delivery, capital works, project management and in strategy formulation and implementation.

Between 2005 and 2020, Ian held the role of Director – Engineering and Infrastructure with responsibility for Sustainable and Community Infrastructure, Major Initiatives and Operations. Over the past year, he has been in the role of Director Special Projects, with the main focus being the State Basketball Centre Expansion Project.

Ian holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture, an MBA and in 2012, completed a PhD focusing on Sustainability and Business Strategy.

He is also a member of Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Reporting structure

  • Director City Strategy & Integrity – Matt Kelleher
  • Director Connected Communities – Tanya Scicluna
  • Director City Centre – Samantha Mazer
  • Director Infrastructure – Grant Thorne
  • Executive Manager Strategy, People & Culture – Sam Stanton
  • Chief Financial Officer – Navec Lorkin

Director City Strategy and Integrity – Matt Kelleher

Matt Kelleher - Director City Strategy and Integrity

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 City Planning & Building – Paul Dickie
  • Manager City Safety and Health – Steve Dickson
  • Manager City Futures – Jonathon Wright (Acting)
  • Manager Governance – Phil McQue
  • Manager Strategic Procurement & Property - Shelley Starrenburg

Director Connected Communities – Tanya Scicluna

Tanya Scicluna - Director Connected Communities

Tanya Scicluna commenced as Director Community Services in October 2018.

Tanya has extensive experience working at a senior level in a wide range of community service programs in Local Government, State Government and the community sector. She is a highly regarded industry leader, renowned for her innovative and collaborative regional and sector leadership and has extensive experience leading teams and organisations through significant change.

Tanya's background includes the leadership of large teams providing a wide range of community services and experience across multiple sectors, including aged and disability, family and children's services, leisure and recreation, community development, public health, economic development and strategic planning.

Tanya's formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability Studies) and Post-Graduate Diploma of Health and Human Services Management (Deakin) and she is currently completing a Master of Management (Monash).

Reporting structure

  • Manager Family & Children’s Services – Janine Brown
  • Manager Community Access & Support – Judy Chalkley
  • Manager Community Wellbeing – Petrina Dodds Buckley
  • Manager Active & Creative Communities – Nicole Columbine

Director City Centre – Samantha Mazer

Samantha Mazer - Director City Centre

As Director City Centre, Samantha leads Council's Communications and Customer Experience functions as well as the 220ha Knox Central urban renewal program, which brings together public and private sector stakeholders to deliver on an integrated vision for the heart of the city.

Samantha has spent many years blending her advocacy, leadership and commercial expertise to lead teams and organisations through periods of significant change. She has held senior and executive leadership positions in banking and professional services as well as consulting across a broad range of sectors including government, property, technology, retail, manufacturing and not-for-profit.

Samantha’s diversity of experience combined with her passion for contemporary leadership has helped take a range of complex goals from aspiration into strategy and delivery whilst also adding a valuable perspective to the Knox executive team.

Reporting structure

  • Manager Communications – Imogen Kelly
  • Manager Customer Experience – Jordana Blank
  • Manager Knox Central Planning and Development – TBC

Director Infrastructure – Grant Thorne

Grant Thorne - Director Infrastructure

Grant Thorne joined Knox Council as its Director Infrastructure in September 2020.

Prior to joining Knox, Grant was Director City Infrastructure at Moreland City Council for over 6 years.

Grant has 27 years of experience across rural, growth and metropolitan councils and extensive experience in senior leadership and executive roles within local government. Grant’s experience includes leading large and complex teams including open space design and development, open space maintenance, street cleansing, roads, fleet, waste, engineering, asset management, building maintenance, building projects, local laws, parking, animal management, transport and project management.

He brings strong leadership skills and a passion for working with and improving the local community.

Grant’s formal qualifications include Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Graduate Diploma of Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Reporting structure

  • Manager Sustainable Infrastructure: Matt Hanrahan
  • Manager Community Infrastructure: Andrew Barr
  • Manager Operations: Oliver Vido
  • Manager Major Initiatives: Monica Micheli

Executive Manager Strategy, People & Culture – Sam Stanton

Sam Stanton - Executive Manager Strategy, People & Culture

Sam Stanton is Knox’s Executive Manager, Strategy, People & Culture, having originally joined Knox in November 2016.

Sam is an experienced senior leader and before joining Knox, Sam was Manager People & Performance with the City of Greater Bendigo. She is a contemporary leader, renowned for her strategic mindset and has a deep understanding of local government and the importance of creating public value through organisational transformation and growth, with particular strengths in corporate planning and performance, organisation design, facilitating new ways of working and pursuing digital and service innovation, managing corporate risk, and developing adaptive capacity in people, teams and cultures.

Sam’s background and experience includes the leadership of strategy, integrated planning, innovation and service reviews, organisation development, human resources, risk management, emergency management, safety and wellbeing.

Sam's formal qualifications include a Master of Public Policy and Management (Monash), a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice Administration), and Certificates in Business Excellence and Organisational Self Assessment. Sam is a member of Local Government Professionals (LGPro) and in 2014 completed its Executive Leadership Program, XLP. Sam is currently completing the Adaptive Cultures™ Practitioner Development Accreditation Program.

Reporting structure

  • Chief Information Officer – Scott Coleman
  • Manager Transformation (Change) – Jenny Dahlstrom (Acting)
  • Principal People & Culture Partnerships – John Rashed

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