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Appointment of new Directors

06 Nov 2015


Pittwater Council is about to get new blood at its helm with the appointment of two new Directors—Melinda Hewitt as Director, Environmental Planning & Community (EP&C) and Ben Taylor as Director, Urban & Environmental Assets (U&EA).

General Manager Mark Ferguson said he is very pleased to announce both Ms Hewitt and Mr Taylor’s appointments as key leaders with the organisation, following the retirement of Mr Steve Evens, Director EP&C and Mr Chris Hunt, Director U&EA.

“Both our new Directors have a wealth of experience in senior management and government, as well as a range of unique experience and skill that I am confident will bring progression and cultural benefits to Pittwater Council.

Ms Hewitt has occupied the position of Manager, Place Management at Pittwater for the past 18 months and has been with Council for six years.

Ms Hewitt’s experience includes senior roles both for the not-for-profit and local government sectors.  She has been recognised within industry for her ability to develop and deliver a wide range of innovative social and economic programs.

Mr Taylor joins Council from SHOROC—a partnership of Manly, Mosman, Pittwater & Warringah councils led by a Board of the council Mayors and General Managers—where he has been Executive Director for the past six years.

Mr Taylor has extensive experience in regional planning and intergovernmental relations. He led the successful infrastructure advocacy for the northern beaches and has overseen joint procurement operations and waste strategy. He has also worked in leadership roles in the NSW Government directing whole-of–government planning, communications and project delivery.

Melinda will be transitioning into her new role from 9 November 2015 and Ben will join the organisation in December 2015.

“I am looking forward to collaborating with our new Directors in leading Pittwater Council into the future.

“I would also like to thank Mr Hunt and Mr Evans for many years of commitment and hard work at Pittwater Council, and wish them both a happy and well deserved retirement,” Mr Ferguson added.


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