Executive Management Team

The day to day running of the Shire is the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer, who, along with Directors and staff, act on the Council's decisions by developing and putting into practice the Council policies and resolutions.


Carl AskewChief Executive Officer Carl Askew

Chief Executive Officer
Email: Carl Askew

Carl Askew is the Chief Executive Officer and responsible for leading and managing councils operations and services through four key portfolios:

  • Governance
  • Infrastructure
  • Community Development
  • Corporate Services

Carl has 21 years’ senior management experience. Thirteen years of which has been in local government as Executive Manager Community Services, Director Community Services and Chief Executive Officer.

Carl has a sound background in Community Development and plans to lead the organisation with a strong focus on community engagement and good governance, ensuring probity and transparency. Carl plans to implement strategies to ensure the long term financial sustainability of the organisation with balanced budgets and a long term financial plan. Developing and maintaining relationships with relevant stakeholders is a priority of Carl’s to ensure delivery of Council’s strategic goals.  


  • Master of Management (HRM) - University of Western Australia – 2000
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Curtin University - 1990
  • Higher National Certificate in Public Administration - Exeter College of Further      Education -1986

 Professional Memberships 

  • Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA)
  • Australian Institute of Management (AIM)

Louise GeeDirector Community Development Louise Gee

Director Community Development
Louise Gee

Louise Gee is the Director of Community
Development and responsible for the following areas:

  • Community Services – Childcare; Youth; Recreation and Leisure
  • Library Services
  • Property Management
  • Planning Services
  • Building Services
  • Environmental Health Services

Louise has over seventeen years of senior management level experience in Local Government with responsibilities for a diverse range of functions including strategic planning, regulatory compliance, environmental planning, environmental health, community services, library services and public participation.

Louise would like to support and enhance public participation to ensure that decisions incorporate the interests and concerns of all affected stakeholders and meet the needs of the Council.


  • Master of Environmental Planning
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health)
  • Diploma of Business
  • Certificate in Public Participation

David KlyeDirector Infrastructure David Klye

Director Infrastructure
Email:  David Klye

David Klye is the Director Infrastructure and is responsible for:

  • Asset Management
  • Infrastructure Projects
  • Engineering
  • Landfill operations
  • Rangers services
  • Emergency services
  • Depot Management (parks, gardens, roads)

David’s Local government experience includes roles as Director, Infrastructure Services, Municipal Engineer, Specialist Consultant Engineer, River Engineer, Project Manager, Assistant Shire Engineer and Design Engineer. 

David has extensive experience in all aspects of Local Government works and infrastructure management including management of infrastructure directorates and works departments, strategic planning, municipal engineering and management of complex infrastructure projects. David has experience with water supply, sewage treatment and road and stormwater construction and maintenance.

David hopes to improve the management of the Shire’s assets and provision of its services to the community by applying his considerable knowledge and experience to the Shire’s unique challenges. David is seeking to ensure that up to date management practices are continued to be improved and applied to service delivery for the Shire’s ratepayers while preserving the unique aspects of Kununurra that make it what it is.


Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)
Certificate in Civil Engineering
Accredited River Styler (Fluvial geomorphology)
Certificate of Competency, Municipal Engineer.
Certificate of Qualification, Hydraulic Engineer.

 Professional Memberships

Member of The Institution of Engineers Australia
Member of the College of Civil Engineers
Chartered Professional Engineer
National Professional Engineers Registration
Member of the Local Government Managers Association


Vernon Lawrence

Director Corporate Services
Email: Vernon Lawrence

Vernon Lawrence is the Director of Corporate Services and responsible for:

  • Finance
  • ICT (Information & Communication Technology)
  • Records Management and Customer Services