Council Chambers

Executive Management Team

We welcome all people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, abilities, ages and members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBTI communities.

We are an organisation that sees ourselves as part of our local community. Our community is at the heart of everything we do and we take every opportunity we can to give back to the people that live, work and visit the City of Greater Dandenong.

Executive Management Team

John Bennie, Chief Executive Officer

John Bennie was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Dandenong City Council in 2006.

He was previously Chief Executive at Manningham City Council – a position he held from 2000-06 – and has held numerous executive roles in his extensive local government career. In 2009, John was appointed the inaugural Chair of the Southern Melbourne Regional Development Australia Committee and in 2012, was reappointed to a further three year term. He has been active in the local government sector for many years serving two terms as President of LGPro (Local Government Professionals in Victoria); seven years on the Board of that professional association; and seven years on the Board of the National body LGMA (Local Government Managers Australia) culminating in National Presidency in 2011-12.

John remains a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Public Libraries and has held numerous support and advisory roles over the last decade.

At Greater Dandenong, John remains focused on the realisation of the City’s unique branding – the ‘City of Opportunity’ - through partnerships with significant State, Federal, Regional and local stakeholders. John shares the community’s aspirations for what can be achieved by all stakeholders in this diverse and exciting municipality. His extended interests complement Greater Dandenong through the advancement of regional initiatives such as the Port of Hastings; upgrades to the Dandenong rail line; infrastructure improvements within and outside the region; and a wide range of drivers that will contribute to growth and sustainability.

John is an active Rotarian and holds tertiary and post graduate qualifications in Civil Engineering, Municipal Engineering and Business Administration.

Council, as a statutory body, is responsible for carrying out various powers, duties and functions under a wide range of legislation and municipal local laws. To provide for the efficient and effective function of the organisation, the Local Government Act 2020 enables Council to delegate many powers, duties and functions, particularly those of an administrative and operational nature, to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Instrument of Delegation to the CEO - 169KB

Chief Executive Officer Employment and Remuneration Policy

Jody Bosman, Director City Planning, Design and Amenity

Responsible for:

  • Building and Compliance Services
  • Regulatory Services
  • Planning and Design

Martin Fidler, Director Community Services

Responsible for:

  • Community Arts, Culture and Libraries
  • Community Wellbeing
  • Community Care
  • Community Development, Sport and Recreation

Corporate Services

Kylie Sprague, Executive Manager Communications and Customer Service and Michelle Hansen, Executive Manager Finance and Information Technology

Responsible for:

  • Customer Service
  • Financial Services
  • Governance
  • Information Management Services
  • Media and Communication
  • People and Procurement Services

Paul Kearsley, Director Business, Engineering and Major Projects

Responsible for:

  • Transport and Civil Development
  • City Projects and Asset Improvement
  • Infrastructure Services and Planning
  • Economic Development
  • South East Business Networks (SEBN)
  • Business and Revitalisation
  • Major Projects

Initial and Biannual Personal Interests Returns - September 2022

Under section 134 of the Local Government Act 2020 a specified person must lodge a biannual personal interests return with the Chief Executive Officer containing matters prescribed by the Local Government (Governance and Integrity) Regulations 2020. Biannual personal interests returns must be lodged by specified persons twice yearly by the end of each prescribed period. The prescribed periods are from 1-31 March and 1-30 September each year. A specified person includes the Chief Executive Officer, a member of a delegated committee or a nominated officer (a member of Council staff who is nominated by the Chief Executive Officer because of their role or who has a statutory or delegated power, duty or function).

Further, the Chief Executive Officer nominated additional staff positions on 1 September 2022. These new nominated positions are included in this list. Under section 133 of the Local Government Act 2020 a specified person (which includes nominated officers by the Chief Executive Officer) must lodge an initial personal interests return with the Chief Executive Officer containing matters prescribed by the Local Government (Governance and Integrity) Regulations 2020.

Under section 135 of the Local Government Act 2020, the Chief Executive Officer must prepare a summary of the personal interests information disclosed in the last personal interests return lodged. This summary must be made available on Council’s Internet site and must be available for inspection at Council’s office.

Summary of Initial and Biannual Personal Interest Returns for Council Officers and Delegated Committee Members – September 2022 - February 2023 - 270KB

If you would like to view the Personal Interests Returns for Councillors visit the Councillor web page.