Craig Lloyd has been appointed to Whittlesea Council’s most senior leadership role, having spent two-and-a-half years at neighbouring Murrindindi Shire Council as CEO.
Chair, Panel of Administrators, Ms Lydia Wilson said Mr Lloyd’s community-focused character, depth of local government experience and skills in a multiplicity of technical areas made him the stand-out candidate.
“With my fellow Administrator colleagues, The Hon Bruce Billson and Ms Peita Duncan, we have undertaken an exhaustive recruitment process that attracted many high calibre candidates to our CEO role.
“We were very impressed by Craig’s extensive qualifications and his experience, which extends beyond local government and includes multiple Victorian emergency services agencies,” Ms Wilson said.
“However, it is Craig’s deep commitment to grassroots community engagement and his shared vision that the Panel of Administrator’s have for this Council to be an exemplar in local government and deliver at a very high level for our community that we were most drawn to.”
Interim CEO Joe Carbone will remain at Council for a short time after Mr Lloyd arrives to provide a seamless transition.
“The Panel of Administrators would like to sincerely thank Joe for his leadership over the past six months,” Ms Wilson said.
“Joe did not apply for the permanent CEO role as he will return to his consulting business and directorship positions.
“I would personally like to thank Joe for his stable guidance during what was a significant period of change at the start of his tenure in March 2020.
“Since then he has put in a huge amount of time, effort and energy into leading this organisation and our community through the COVID-19 pandemic and in supporting myself and the Panel of Administrators.”
Murrindindi Shire thanked Mr Lloyd for: “his service to our [Murrindindi] community over the past two and a half years.”
Mr Lloyd played an instrumental role in supporting Murrindindi Shire through the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the 10th Anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. Mr Lloyd has led a significant positive culture change within the council and has been a strong advocate for additional State and Federal Funding.
Murrindindi Mayor Leigh Dunscombe congratulated Mr Lloyd on the valuable contribution he has made to the communities of Murrindindi Shire as well as the broader region.
“On behalf of the Council and our community, I would like to thank Mr Lloyd for his wonderful service to our community and Councillors,” Mayor Dunscombe said.
“I wish him well in his new role as Chief Executive Officer of the City of Whittlesea Council”.
Mr Lloyd said: “I would like to thank our wonderful staff for the amazing work that they do every day of the week, to serve communities across the Shire with passion, expertise and dedication, as well as their resilience during the pandemic. I would also like to offer my sincere thanks to our Councillors, and the three Mayors I have served under for their support, commitment to community and friendship. Finally, I would like to thank our community for their incredible support.”
Mr Lloyd holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Post Graduate Certificate in Community Development (Emergency Management) and a Masters of Project Management.
He has an extensive background in leadership and management roles and is skilled in many facets of local government such as community engagement, environment, economic development, emergency management and IT.
He has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course and undertaken the Local Government Professionals Executive Leadership Program.
In addition to his busy role as CEO, he is on the board of the Bendigo Cemeteries Trust (Remembrance Parks Central Victoria), and Board Member of Regional Development Australia (Hume Region).
Outside of work, Craig is a Country Music Artist and is a Graduate of the Country Music Association of Australia’s Country Music Academy.
Craig is married with two children.
Mr Lloyd concludes his role as Murrindindi Shire CEO on Sunday, 11 October.
Murrindindi Shire is yet to name a replacement CEO.