Council is delighted to announce that Fiona Plesman has been appointed as Council’s General Manager for a term of four years commencing on 1 July 2018. The resolution appointing Ms Plesman was carried by Councillors unanimously last night. Ms Plesman will be Council’s fourth General Manager since the presently constituted Council was formed in 1979.

Fiona is currently Council’s Director of Planning, Corporate and Community Services having come to Council from a senior management role at the City of Penrith. Fiona has held previous senior roles in the university and vocational education sectors and holds a Masters of Organisational Development and a range of other post graduate qualifications.

The appointment comes after a rigorous search for a new General Manager and Fiona was selected from a field of seventeen candidates. Fiona’s enthusiasm and suitability for the role shone through at every stage of the recruitment process.

In relation to the appointment, Martin Rush, Mayor of Muswellbrook said:

“What really impressed councillors was Fiona’s dedication to the Upper Hunter region and ability to bring together multidisciplinary teams to work together to achieve solutions to complex problems. Fiona’s leadership style is focused on outcomes, on building up the capacity of the Council organisation, on staff and community welfare and on a whole-of-community approach to strategic planning.”

“The elected arm of Council welcomes Fiona to her new role as the leader of Council’s executive arm. We are confident that the appointment will be welcomed by staff across the organisation where Fiona is already extremely well regarded for her inclusive but firm approach to decision-making.”

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