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.

Jeff Saker

Director Engineering and Infrastructure  

Jeff commenced with Mitchell in December 2011, having previously been General Manager Infrastructure at Hepburn Shire Council and General Manager City Services at the City of Darebin. Prior to that he worked at Parks Victoria managing a variety of national, state, metropolitan and coastal parks.

Jeff is committed to ensuring that community assets, including the environment, are managed for the benefit of current and future generations.

Jeff  provides leadership and support to the Engineering and Infrastructure Directorate, which incorporates the following three departments:

  • Operations incorporating Roads (depots), Facility Management, Waste Management, Fleet and Municipal Emergency Response
  • Engineering Services incorporating Transport, New Developments and Engineering Services
  • Parks and Assets incorporating Capital Works, Parks & Gardens (including Arboriculture), Environment, Asset Management (including Property Management) and Sustainability

Jeff has a Graduate Diploma in Business Management and an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Resource Management.

Laurie Ellis

Director Corporate Services

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 Corporate Services, Laurie’s leadership portfolio comprises:

  • Finance incorporating Procurement and Contracts, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Rating Services
  • Governance and Organisational Development incorporating People and Culture, Governance, Payroll, OHS and Risk
  • Business Transformation incorporating Information Technology, Information Management, Communications and Marketing, Advocacy and Corporate Planning and Performance

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


Acting Director Sustainable Communities


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