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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.

Council, as a statutory body, is responsible for carrying out various powers, duties and functions under a wide range of legislation and municipal local laws. To provide for the efficient and effective function of the organisation, the Local Government Act 2020 enables Council to delegate many powers, duties and functions, particularly those of an administrative and operational nature, to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). To view Council's Instrument of Delegation to the CEO click on the link below.

Instrument of Delegation to the Chief Executive Officer (PDF-176KB)

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 Arts, Culture and Libraries
  • Community Wellbeing
  • Community Care
  • Community Development, 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, Director Business, Engineering and Major Projects

Responsible for:

  • Transport and Civil Development
  • City Projects and Asset Improvement
  • Infrastructure Services and Planning
  • Economic Development
  • South East Business Networks (SEBN)
  • Business and Revitalisation
  • Major Projects