Aerial view of Victoria Daly Regional Council building in Kalkaringi, NT.

Victoria Daly Regional Council (VDRC) has elected a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Council following a meeting on 1 November. 

Brian Hylands will replace the previous CEO, Russell Anderson, who has been at the helm of VDRC for the past three years and is now moving into retirement.

Mr Hylands brings extensive local government and regional council leadership experience to the position, serving as the CEO of West Arnhem Regional Council from 2012 to 2019.

Mr Hylands’ qualifications include a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Public Health and he has lived and worked with remote communities for more than 25 years, with his latest position being Manager of Rural and Remote Health NT for Flinders University. 

VDRC Mayor, Brian Pedwell, said Council was excited to welcome Mr Hylands into the position. 

“Brian’s appointment marks the beginning of a new chapter of growth and progress within VDRC,” Mayor Pedwell said. 

“We are thrilled to bring someone on board with such a wealth of experience across a variety of sectors.”

Victoria Daly Regional Council (VDRC) Councillors with former VDRC CEO, Russell Anderson.

Victoria Daly Regional Council (VDRC) Councillors with former VDRC CEO, Russell Anderson.

Council said that Mr Hyland’s predecessor, Mr Anderson, took the front foot on rolling out pandemic health measures across the Victoria Daly region, shielding vulnerable communities from COVID-19.

Council said that Mr Anderson  also supported staff and councillors during Council’s move away from CouncilBiz and secured the purchase of a new Regional Office space in Katherine – achievements that will have long-lasting  impacts on the running and success of VDRC and its ability to deliver services across the region. 

Mayor Pedwell thanked Mr. Anderson for his leadership and stability over the past three years. 

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the past few years have been turbulent to say the least,” Mayor Pedwell said.

“I am very grateful that during this time, Russell has been a pillar of stability and strong leadership that not only guided VDRC through the storm, but ensured the organisation came out stronger by the end of it.”

Mr Hylands will begin in the position from 21 November, following a thorough recruitment process which saw a high number of quality applications received.


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