Director Community Wellbeing appointed

Please attribute to City of Ballarat CEO Janet Dore –

I am delighted to announce another appointment to the City of Ballarat’s senior leadership team.

Experienced community services leader Matthew Wilson has been appointed Director Community Wellbeing.

Matthew Wilson has 22 years of experience in the local government sector and is currently the Manager Community Planning and the Municipal Recovery Manager at Melton City Council. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University, Postgraduate Bachelor of Education (P-12) and a Master of Business Administration with a major in Public Administration from Deakin University.

Commencing his career as a Youth Worker at Wyndham City Council, Matthew has held a number of senior leadership roles in the community services field and has a broad experience in social policy and strategic planning, community development, health and wellbeing, lifelong learning, and community infrastructure and program service areas.

Matthew is highly focused on the challenges in corporate culture leadership, community building and social inclusion, and appreciation for the role that lifelong learning plays in developing self-determining citizenship.

Matthew will commence with the City of Ballarat on Monday 19 October 2020.

Committed to leading cultural change within the City of Ballarat, Matthew will join newly appointed Director Corporate Services Sean Portelli and Director Infrastructure and Environment Bridget Wetherall in implementing the Action Plan as a result of the Organisational Governance and Culture Assessment review, now being conducted by Susan Halliday AM.

As the City of Ballarat continues to change in response to the Ombudsman’s Report, I would like to thank all staff who have stepped up during this time, particularly those who have taken on leadership roles.

I would like to extend a major thank you to Darren Sadler for his significant contribution as the Acting Director Infrastructure and Environment during the past few months.

Darren has shown tremendous professionalism and leadership in the role and will remain as Acting Director Infrastructure and Environment until Bridget Wetherall commences. I look forward to continuing to work with Darren, after Bridget commences in the role, in his substantive position of Executive Manager Property and Facilities.

I would also like to thank Pete Appleton for stepping into the role of Acting Director Community Wellbeing and as head of the City of Ballarat’s Pandemic Taskforce.

Recruitment for the new role Director Development and Growth is underway. A further announcement will be made as this appointment is finalised.

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