Our structure

The structure of Mitchell Shire Council's appointed staff

Organisational Structure

Mitchell Shire Council comprises of two equally important but integrated parts which comprise of elected representatives and appointed staff.

Our nine Councillors are elected to represent the views and expectations of their fellow constituents in their respective wards. Each year, one of these representatives is sworn in as Mayor.

The Executive Leadership Team, led by the Chief Executive Officer, is appointed through an open recruitment process. It comprises of three Directors, who are responsible for the work of more than 400 employees.

As a team, we provide a range of services and facilities, including parks and gardens, immunisations, aged and disability programs, sport and recreation spaces and road related infrastructure to name a few.  


Chief Executive Officer

David is an accomplished, dedicated local government CEO with a 38 year career in local government. His entire career has been with Interface municipalities undergoing significant change and growth, combined with the challenge of maintaining township, rural and green wedge qualities.

David is committed to providing quality services to the community through strong engagement, innovation and astute financial management and to leading a strong and motivated staff. With a strong reputation within and beyond the sector he has particular strengths in forging strong relationships and alliances for the benefit of Council and the community.

He has played a key leadership role in the formation and success of key regional organisations including the Interface Group of Councils, the Northern Region Councils and the National Growth Areas Alliance. He is currently a Board Member of the Northern Melbourne Regional Development Association, having being appointed to that role by Federal and State Governments.

In 2016, David left the neighbouring City of Whittlesea after 21 years of service including twelve years as Director of Planning and Development and nine as the CEO. Under his leadership the City underwent significant and positive transformation. David led major advocacy campaigns and applied his strategic planning skills to achieve best practice planned communities and job and investment attraction. With 70% of the municipality rural, particular attention was given to enhancing township character and viability as well as maintaining biodiversity and water catchment areas.

These achievements were recognised by many National awards. Prior to the City of Whittlesea David was for twelve years at the Shire of Bulla [now City of Hume] in senior planning roles before leaving in 1995 as the Director Planning and Development.

David was the recipient of the Paul Jerome Award for “Outstanding Public Service“ in 2006 and in 2009 was recognised for his leadership in the City of Whittlesea response to the Black Saturday Bushfires.

David has undergraduate qualifications in Town Planning, Humanities and a Masters in Business Administration.

Laurie Ellis

Director Governance and Corporate Performance

Laurie commenced with Mitchell Shire Council in February 2016, sharing his substantial expertise and experience in directing and managing corporate services within the local government, not-for-profit and small business sectors. Laurie has held numerous leadership roles throughout his career, including having served as Director of Finance and Director of Corporate Services at Whittlesea Council in the 1990s.

Passionate about delivering high quality customer service to both internal and external clients, Laurie’s strong community focus and values system position him to work well as part of Council’s Executive Leadership Team. 

As Director Governance and Corporate Services, Laurie’s leadership portfolio comprises:

  • Finance and Assets
  • People and Culture
  • Information Technology
  • Governance and Corporate Accountability

Highly qualified for the Director Corporate Services role, Laurie has an MBA, a BBus Accounting and is a qualified CPA. 


Director Advocacy and Community Services

Mary commenced with Mitchell Shire Council in July 2017, having previously been the Manager Community Support at the City of Wyndham.

Mary is a highly experienced local government senior executive with an extensive record of achievement.

She has previously worked as the Director of Partnership and Engagement and as the Executive Manager of Advocacy at the City of Whittlesea.

Mary has had a prime focus on planning for growth areas and delivering quality services and infrastructure to the community to support their needs, aspirations and health and wellbeing.  

Mary has achieved success through developing strong and enduring relationships, both within the organisations she has worked in and with key stakeholders including politicians, business, the not for profit sector and community.

She has developed strong business cases, supporting all strategic activity to ensure long term financial and social viability that meets municipal and regional needs.  

She is always exploring continuous improvement and best practice opportunities in all the roles she is responsible for and is committed to ensuring best value for the community.

Her passion is to drive innovation and to support sustainable communities.

As Director Advocacy and Community Services, Mary’s leadership portfolio includes:

  • Active Communities
  • Communications
  • Local Laws
  • Community Strengthening

Mary has a Post Grad in Business Leadership and is a Williamsons Community Leadership alumni.


Director Development and Infrastructure

Mike commenced with Mitchell Shire Council on 19 February 2018, having previously served as Director of Development Services at Port Stephens Council in NSW, gaining significant exposure to infrastructure planning; strategic asset management planning and capital works delivery.

He has over 20 years' experience in both Victorian [metropolitan] and New South Wales local government across a range of complex and extensive portfolios including urban planning and development, economic development, natural resource management, tourism, community strategic planning and reporting, community development, marketing, communications, environmental health and compliance.

As Director Development and Infrastructure, Mike's leadership portfolio includes:

  • Engineering and Major Projects
  • Operations and Parks
  • Development Approvals
  • Strategic Planning
  • Environmental Programs
  • Contracts Management

Mike holds a Bachelor of Planning and Design - Urban Planning and is the final stages of an MBA.

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