Independent members appointed

Three independent members have been officially appointed to Central Coast Council’s Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee to oversee the Council’s operations, including compliance financial management and governance.
Mr Colin Gellatly, Mr John Gordon and Mr Carl Millington have been appointed after responding to an expression of interest process to join the committee.
Council administrator Mr Ian Reynolds said the committee would help provide a foundation for sound decision making in Council and a vehicle to help deliver improvements in how Council delivers services to the community.
“We had over 50 applications for membership of this committee and the quality of the applicants was very good,” Mr Reynolds said.
“These three people really stood out,” he said.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to appoint such highly skilled and widely respected community members to this committee.”
Dr Colin Gellatly has had a long and distinguished career in the public service including as Director General of the Premiers Department, he said.
“He has extensive experience in local government too, most recently as the Chair of Newcastle City Council’s Audit and Risk Committee.”
Dr Gellatly has also been appointed chair of the committee.
Mr John Gordon has spent the last 40 years practising as a chartered accountant, certified practising accountant and chartered secretary specialising in audit, risk management and corporate governance.
Mr Carl Milligan is a senior audit and assurance partner in a charted accounting firm in Sydney and has held a number of senior roles on the Local Government Auditors Association of NSW.
“Their extensive experience in local government and financial matters will hold the new committee in good stead and I look forward to working with them to deliver positive results for Council and the community,” Mr Reynolds added.
Mr Reynolds and Council chief Mr Rob Noble will make up the two other positions on the committee until the election of the new Council in September.

Media release, 26 Apr 2017
Ian Reynolds, Central Coast Council