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.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Vernon Lawrence

Chief Executive Officer 
Email: Vernon Lawrence

Vernon Lawrence is the Chief Executive Officer

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.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Accounting

Higher Diploma in Tax Law

Professional Memberships

South African Institute of Chartered Accountants

 

Nick Kearns

Director Planning and Community Development
Email:
 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
  • Integrated Planning and Reporting
  • Community Engagement
  • Property Management
  • Planning Services
  • Building Services
  • Environmental Health Services

Nick has over 25 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
Email:  
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.

 

Felicity Heading

Acting Director Corporate Services

Email: Felicity Heading

Felicity is the Acting Director Corporate Services and is responsible for:

  • Finance
  • Customer Services

Felicity has worked at the Shire for 9 years in a number of roles within the Finance Department including Rates, Team Leader Finance, and Coordinator Financial Operations.

She has a comprehensive knowledge of the Shire’s finances along with extensive local knowledge. Felicity has lived in Kununurra for over 30 years and prior to working for the Shire managed a family business.

Qualifications

Associate Diploma in Farm Management

Master of Agribusiness (Equivalent to MBA)

Graduate Certificate of Commerce

Professional Memberships

Local Government Professionals WA