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Organisation Structure

John Bennie, Chief Executive Officer

John Bennie was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Dandenong City Council in 2006.

He was previously Chief Executive at Manningham City Council – a position he held since 2000 – and has held numerous executive roles in his extensive local government career.  In 2009, John was appointed the inaugural Chair of the Southern Melbourne Regional Development Australia Committee and in 2012, was reappointed to a further three year term.  He has been active in the local government sector for many years serving two terms as President of LGPro (Local Government Professionals in Victoria); seven years on the Board of that professional association; seven years on the Board of the National body LGMA (Local Government Managers Australia) culminating in National Presidency in 2011/12.

John remains a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Public Libraries and has held numerous, similar support and advisory roles over the last decade.

At Greater Dandenong, John remains focused on the realisation of the City’s unique branding – the ‘City of Opportunity’ - through partnerships with significant State, Federal, Regional and local stakeholders.  John shares the community’s aspirations for what can be achieved by all stakeholders in this diverse and exciting municipality.  His extended interests complement Greater Dandenong through the advancement of regional initiatives such as the Port of Hastings; upgrades to the Dandenong rail line; infrastructure improvements within and outside the region; and, a wide range of drivers that will contribute to growth and sustainability. 

John is an active Rotarian and holds tertiary and post graduate qualifications in Civil Engineering, Municipal Engineering and Business Administration.


Jody Bosman, Director City Planning, Design and Amenity

Responsible for:

  • Building Services
  • Regulatory Services
  • Planning and Design


Martin Fidler, Director Community Services 

Responsible for:

  • Community Engagement
  • Community Wellbeing
  • Community Care
  • Community Sport and Recreation


Mick Jaensch, Director Corporate Services

Responsible for:

  • Customer Service
  • Financial Services
  • Governance
  • Information Management Services
  • Media and Communication
  • People and Procurement Services


Paul Kearsley, Group Manager Greater Dandenong Business

Responsible for:

  • Business Networking
  • Economic Development
  • Revitalising Central Dandenong


Julie Reid, Director Engineering Services

Responsible for:

  • Infrastructure Services and Planning
  • City Improvement including Major Projects
  • Transport and Civil Development