The City of Melbourne’s functions are prescribed by the Local Government Act 1989.
A list of our major functions and services1 is provided on our website. There also are several Acts and local laws we enforce2. For more information on how we perform our functions, provide services and exercise our powers visit our website.
Our core administrative and operational functions are conducted out of three buildings; Melbourne Town Hall on Swanston Street and CH1 and CH2 on Little Collins Street. The organisation also operates a range of facilities, services and additional administrative functions at more than 30 other locations across Melbourne including childcare centres, parks and gardens and swimming pools.
Until 30 June 2015 the organisation comprised five divisions and 30 branches. Governance Services, Corporate Planning and Lea(r)ning and the Lord Mayor’s Chief of Staff reported directly to the Chief Executive Officer (on 1 July 2015 a realignment of the organisation came into force that will be reflected in next year’s Annual Report). All branches are responsible for providing quality services that provide maximum benefits at the best cost for all stakeholders. They do this by building partnerships with the community, business and government to promote the growth, prosperity and quality of Melbourne.
Until 30 June 2015 the City of Melbourne had an organisational structure of five divisions, each led by a Director who reported to the Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Executive Officer and Directors managed our operations and ensured the Council received the strategic information and advice it needed to plan for the municipality and make decisions. On 1 July 2015 an organisational realignment came into force that broadened the composition of the executive team.
Branches within each division perform specific functions, collaborate on projects and share their particular knowledge and expertise across the organisation. Information on the Directors and their divisions is provided below.
Ben Rimmer, Chief Executive Officer (from 9 February 2015)
Ben returned to his home town of Melbourne in early 2015 after three years as Associate Secretary in the Australian Government’s Department of Human Services, where he led the Service Delivery Transformation Group. He previously worked for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and for the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet. In these roles he focused on health reform, Commonwealth – State relations, workforce participation, early childhood and mental health, among other issues. He has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne, and an MBA with distinction from the University of Oxford.
Geoff Lawler, Director of City Planning and Infrastructure
With qualifications in architecture and public policy, Geoff spent 17 years in urban planning and heritage conservation with the Victorian Government before joining the City of Melbourne. His first role with us was in 1996 as Manager of Capital City Planning before he was appointed to the role of Director within a few short years.
(Until 3 July 2015) Mark Stoermer, Director of Corporate Business
Mark joined the City of Melbourne’s executive team in 2010, following senior roles in the local finance and IT consulting sector. With qualifications from New York University and the University of California at Berkeley, Mark cut his teeth at JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch before migrating to Australia.
Rob’s 30 years at the City of Melbourne, and 40 years’ experience as an architect and urban designer, have seen him and his team receive more than 120 local, national and international awards. Rob was awarded the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the year Award in 2008, has an Order of Australia for his contribution to architecture and design and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Urbanization Council.
Martin Cutter, Director of City Business
Martin joined the City of Melbourne 10 years ago as the Director of Corporate Business before leading our City Business division. Prior to that Martin was Chief Financial Officer at the Australian Government’s national shipping line ANL Limited, playing a critical role in its privatisation, wind up and the management of its residual assets. Previously Martin served as a senior audit manager with KPMG.
Linda Weatherson, Director of Community Development
A home-grown success story, Linda Weatherson has risen progressively through the ranks at the City of Melbourne. Since starting with us in 1987 working with our childcare centres and kindergartens, Linda managed Family and Children’s Services, Human Resources, Business Development and Best Value before being appointed as a Director in 2004, initially responsible for Corporate Performance and now for Community Development.
(Until 3 December 2014) Dr Kathy Alexander, Chief Executive Officer
When Kathy took the helm at the City of Melbourne in 2008 she already was well known as the former CEO of Women’s and Children’s Health, which governed Melbourne’s Royal Children’s and Royal Women’s hospitals. Before joining us the former South Australian Telstra Businesswoman of the Year was CEO of several hospitals and service organisations in her home state and managed a successful consultancy, with projects around the country.