Council appoints two new directors

Central Coast Council Chambers at Wyong

Central Coast Council has appointed two new Executive Directors.

Ms Melanie Smith has been appointed Director for Community and Recreation Services.

Dr Alice Howe has been appointed Director for Environment and Planning.

Central Coast Council CEO David Farmer said both women were experienced in their fields.

Mr Farmer said Ms Smith comes from a background in local government, including senior executive roles.

“She has extensive experience in strategic planning, operational leadership, financial, project and capital works management within the Community Services sector,” Mr Farmer said.

Dr Howe similarly, has extensive local government experience, in particular the environmental and planning areas, including strategic land use, natural disaster mitigation, compliance and natural resource planning, Mr Farmer said.

Council has provided no details on when the two will start their new positions.

Two people have been acting in the roles since the previous incumbents left the business in late November last year as part of what Mr Farmer called a “decision to refresh the executive leadership team of the organisation” as it moved into the consolidation period of Council’s Financial Recovery Plan.

Brian Bell, who was a CEO of Central Coast Council for a short time after amalgamation, has been acting in the role of Director Community and Recreation Services.

That department looks after services such as libraries and education and facilities such as leisure, recreation, community and sporting fields, parks and playgrounds.

David Milliken has been acting director of the planning department which looks after strategic planning, environmental management and compliance and development applications.

Merilyn Vale