City of Melbourne Annual Report 2015-16


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Our organisation

Our functions

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 City of Melbourne3.

Our core administrative and operational functions are conducted out of three buildings: Melbourne Town Hall on Swanston Street and Council House 1 and Council House 2 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.

The organisation comprises five groups and 29 branches. Finance and Procurement, Technology Services, Governance and Legal, People and Culture, Customer Relations, Strategy and Partnerships and the Lord Mayor’s Chief of Staff report directly to the Chief Executive Officer. 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.


City of Melbourne organisation structure


  • Chief Executive Officer: Ben Rimmer

    • Finance and Procurement: Phu Nguyen

    • Technology Services: Colin Fairweather
    • Governance and Legal: Keith Williamson, Kim Wood (Chief Legal Counsel)


    • People and Culture: Clive Peter

    • Customer Relations: Joelene Schembri

    • Strategy and Partnerships: Alex Links, (Acting) Eamonn Fennessy

    • Senior Strategic Advisor: Geoff Lawler

    • Lord Mayor’s Chief of Staff: Amelia Bitsis

    • City Communities: Linda Weatherson

      • Arts Melbourne: Jane Crawley

      • Social Investment: Dean Griggs

      • Health and Wellbeing: Russell Webster

      • Libraries and Recreation: Graham Porteous

      • Community Services: Alison Duncan

    • City Design and Projects: Rob Adam

      • City Design Studio: Shelley Penn

      • QVM Renewal: Joanne Wandel

      • Melbourne Metro: Rail Rob Moore

    • City Operations: Geoff Lawler

      • Planning and Building: Angela Meinke

      • On-street Compliance Services: Alistair Miller

      • Engineering Services: Geoff Robinson

      • Property Services: Greg Stevens

      • Parks and Waterways: (Acting) Mark Callow

      • Chief Resilience Officer (Limited term project): Toby Kent

    • City Economy and Activation: Martin Cutter

      • Events Melbourne: Cherie Fraser

      • Business and Tourism: Steve Nagle

      • International and Civic Services: Jane Sharwood

      • Corporate Affairs and Strategic Marketing: Joanne Whyte

    • City Strategy and Place Kate Vinot

      • Urban Strategy: Emma Appleton

      • Placemaking and Engagement: Ian Hicks

      • Urban Sustainability: Ian Shears


      • Chief Digital Officer and Smart City Office: Michelle Fitzgerald

      • Improvement and Program Integration: (Acting) Voula Moutsos

      • Future Melbourne II (Limited term project): David Mayes

Senior Executive Team


The City of Melbourne has an organisational structure of five groups, led by the Chief Executive Officer and four Directors. The Chief Executive Officer and Directors manage our operations and ensure the Council receives the strategic information and advice it needs to plan for the municipality and make decisions.

Branches within each division perform specific functions, collaborate on projects and share their particular knowledge and expertise across the organisation. Information on the Chief Executive Officer, Directors and their groups is provided below.


Ben Rimmer, Chief Executive Officer


Ben returned to his hometown 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.

Professor Rob Adams, Director of City Design and Projects

Rob’s 33 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 150 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 Future of Cities Council.

Martin Cutter, Director of City Economy and Activation


Martin joined the City of Melbourne 11 years ago as the Director of Corporate Business before leading our City Economy and Activation 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 City Communities


A homegrown 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 has managed Family and Children’s Services, Human Resources, Business Development and Best Value. Linda was appointed as a Director in 2004 and was initially responsible for the Corporate Performance division but in 2007, with a shuffle of Director’s chairs, Linda moved across to lead the City Communities group. Linda’s group contributes to the city’s enhancement and its reputation as a safe, attractive, liveable and accessible city for people of all cultures, religions, ages and abilities.

Geoff Lawler, Director of City Operations

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. Geoff was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2016, recognising his outstanding public service in the development of financial structures to improve the sustainability of the built environment in Victoria.

Kate Vinot, Director of City Strategy and Place


Our newest Director, Kate joined the City of Melbourne in October 2015 to lead our recently established City Strategy and Place group. Prior to this, Kate held a number of Executive roles in the water industry, manufacturing and waste management. She is a Rhodes Scholar and a Fellow of Engineers Australia, and has degrees in civil engineering, economics for development, and business administration. Kate is also a Non-Executive Director of Parks Victoria and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Uniting Agewell.

Executive Team


The City of Melbourne also has a broader executive team that assists in the overall leadership and governance of the organisation. In particular, it:

  • provides impartial and professional advice to Council

  • implements Council decisions efficiently and effectively

  • leads the organisation and its people, including enhancing collaboration and providing stewardship for the future

  • manages ongoing programs and services

  • supports good local governance in the community

  • builds partnerships and advocates in the best interests of the community, consistent with Council priorities.


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