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)

Nick Kearns

Director Planning and Community Development
 Nick Kearns

Nick Kearns is the Director of Planning & 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

Nick has over 22 years in many senior management roles in local government. His core focus is strategic and land use planning, economic development, major projects, community development and stakeholder engagement and has qualifications in planning and business management.


Stuart Dyson

Director Infrastructure
Stuart Dyson

Stuart Dyson is the Director Infrastructure and is responsible for:

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

Over 30 years of senior management experience in construction, engineering and consultancy, including international having worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, Denmark, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and the United Kingdom. Senior Management experience has included roles as Divisional Director, Project Director, Director Indigenous Outcomes, Operations Manager, State Manager, Area Manager, Regional Manager and Regional Stakeholder Manager.  

The last 5 years were spent with the Water Corporation based in Kununurra as their Regional Stakeholder Manager and is responsible for a revenue of $380m and an operations budget of $100m.   Prior to the Water Corp he worked for Leighton’s Contractors on the Ord Irrigation Expansion Project for Phases 1 and 2.  He has worked on a  State Government Engagement Strategy and a Kimberley Strategy for Leighton’s. He has worked closely with all four of our Zone local governments and has extensive knowledge of the region and local issues. He also has significant networks and contacts throughout the State Government and within local government.

Stuart plans to ensure that all Shire assets have plans in place for whole of life costs and maintenance activities. In particular focus on town drainage issues and find a long term solution to protect property and resources.


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

Vernon is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He has a varied work experience that includes working in professional services for Deloittes in Taxation Services, working for the South African Revenue Services, being the managing director and shareholder of a privately owned business in the transport service industry and having local government experience. Vernon has extensive experience in financial management, long term financial planning  and risk. He plans to ensure that the Shire is on a sound financial footing, has properly planned for the ongoing funding of the asset management plans and takes the opportunity to make use of information technology to improve effectiveness and efficiency of Shire processes.


Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Accounting

Higher Diploma in Tax Law

Professional Memberships

South African Institute of Chartered Accountants