Mornington Peninsula Shire appoints John Baker as new Chief Executive

Published on 10 October 2018

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council met yesterday evening to consider the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer. Following the meeting, Mayor, Cr Bryan Payne announced, “I am delighted to announce that Council has unanimously appointed Mr John Baker as the Shire’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Cr Payne went on to say “Council is very impressed with John’s demonstrated commitment to enhancing local democracy through a transparent and inclusive leadership approach. He will bring the ability to build relationships at all levels inside and outside Council to ensure the Mornington Peninsula Shire continues to grow its reputation as one of Australia’s most vibrant and dynamic areas.”

John has an ideal background for the leadership now required at Council. He has extensive local government experience in the UK combined with commercial expertise developed as lead Partner in both Ernst and Young and KPMG in the UK and Australia. John has worked on some of the largest local government development programmes including “London Ventures” a private and public sector partnership and “Placed Based Budgets” which tackled local issues as diverse as health, social services and transport infrastructure.  He has also spent a considerable amount of time in Australia supporting the Not for Profit sector in both Aged Care and Disability Services.

Cr Payne added “I would like to sincerely thank our Interim CEO, Kelvin Spiller and all our senior management team for doing such a great job in the intervening period and keeping the wheels turning since the departure of our previous CEO until the arrival of John. Their dedication and commitment is, as always, greatly appreciated by Council”.

Following the meeting John Baker said, “I am genuinely excited to be joining the very impressive team at Mornington Peninsula Shire. Local government leadership provides unique opportunities to improve the lives of people in really meaningful ways, from local services and infrastructure, to improving social connectedness and planning for appropriate commercial development. I cannot think of a more exciting community and area to be involved. I intend to be active in the community and really look forward to meeting many more people of the Peninsula as I settle into this important role.”

Mr. Baker commences on 7 November 2018.