Uralla Shire Council welcomes its new Executive Directors

Published on 29 September 2022

After a competitive recruitment process, Uralla Shire Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Christine Valencius as Council’s new Executive Director Corporate and Community, and Mr Paul Gallagher as Council’s new Executive Director Infrastructure and Development.

Uralla Shire Mayor, Robert Bell said Council welcomes the new Executive Directors and is looking forward to the Directors starting with Council on Tuesday, 4 October 2022.

“Council was pleased to receive a very competitive field of applications including applications from across Australia, emphasising that Uralla Shire is an attractive place to live, work and play.”

“Council is eager for our new Executive Directors to take the helm of their respective directorates, and we look forward to working together with Christine and Paul in their new roles at Council,” Mayor Bell said.

General Manager Kate Jessep said the new senior staff bring significant experience to their areas of responsibility, the leadership team, the elected council and the broader community. 

“Christine and Paul represent a great organisational fit and will bring a wide breadth of knowledge and experience to the Executive Director roles,” Ms Jessep said.

“The appointment of the Executive Directors marks a significant step forward in Council’s Organisational Transformation Plan.

This plan aims to have the right resources, right people, and right systems in place to be financially sustainable, maintain agreed service levels and be able to consistently respond to customer requests in a satisfactory manner.”

“The hard work of transforming our organisation is far from done, however, the appointment of our new Executive Directors represents an exciting milestone,” Ms Jessep said.

“With our new leadership team established, and with our committed staff, we look forward to working with our elected Council and the community to make the Uralla Shire is an even better place to live.”

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