Wollondilly Council’s new executive team, Caroline Argent, Martin Cooper, Ben Taylor, Rob Seidel, Peter Buckley

New South Wales’ Wollondilly Shire Council has announced its new executive team, following the election of new councillors in December 2021.

Under the leadership of CEO, Ben Taylor, Council said the team is focused on creating a high-performance organisation that will provide excellence in service delivery and build a great future for the growing Shire, as it moves into a new era.

Wollondilly Shire Council Mayor, Matt Gould, said the focus was providing the best possible services for the Shire.

“This team provides a great mix of skills and experience, with an emphasis on empowering and supporting staff to excel,” Mayor Gould said. 

“The new organisational framework has been designed to help us take the next step toward the future; making the changes we need to prepare for the challenges ahead and delivering even higher quality services for the Shire.

“It is exciting to have a leadership team in place who have such extensive local knowledge, with a number of them living locally witha shared passion for the area.”

Mr Taylor said, “This team has a real passion for Wollondilly, our people and the community of this wonderful Shire. Together we look forward to working closely with the Mayor and councillors to deliver a high performing Council and make Wollondilly even better.”

Peter Buckley commenced as Director Shire Services on 29 August, with a focus on operational service delivery. The Directorate includes Parks and Recreation, Infrastructure Operations, Community Services, Waste and Environmental Services and Project Delivery.

Martin Cooper joined the organisation in August as the new Director Shire Futures, which brings together the Assets, Transport and Engineering, Sustainable Growth, Development Services, Business Investment and Health and Regulatory Services teams, who will take the lead on future land and infrastructure planning as well as keeping the community and environment safe.

Caroline Argent has been with Wollondilly Council for eight months as Director Customer and Corporate Services. Her key focus is organisational performance, and the Directorate brings together the Engagement and Performance, People and Culture, Customer, Information and Technology, Governance, Integrity and Ethics, General Counsel and Property & Commercial teams.

The Financial Services team is led by Rob Seidel and now brings together Developer Contributions, Accounting Services, Revenue and Management Accounting teams with a focus on Council’s financial sustainability and performance.

Featured image: Wollondilly Council’s new executive team, Caroline Argent, Martin Cooper, Ben Taylor, Rob Seidel, Peter Buckley

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