Organisation Chart

Newcastle City Council is organised into three groups, each with a range of responsibilities. 

 Organisation Chart as at March 2016 (pdf)
 

Chief Executive's Office

The Interim Chief Executive Officer is Peter Chrystal. Areas of responsibility include overseeing the operations of the administration, internal audit and organisation performance and improvement.

Biography

Peter has some 20 years of experience working in the private sector and, local government both in Australia and New Zealand. Peter joined Newcastle City Council from Wollongong City Council where he was the City Centre Manager responsible for working with the various agencies and business community on the revitalisation plans for the Wollongong CBD.

Peter brings to this leadership role experience in strategic land-use planning, development and building, regulatory services and, most recently, cultural facilities and economic development. Peter’s work experience demonstrates a clear commitment to strong leadership, continuous improvement focussing on outcomes and actively promoting a team based environment based on consultation and participation.

The Business Units that form part of the Planning and Regulatory Group are:

  • Development and Building
  • Strategic Planning Services
  • Regulatory Services
  • Cultural Facilities
  • Libraries  

Corporate Services

The Director Corporate Services is Glen Cousins. Areas of responsibility include Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, Commercial Property and Customer Service.

Biography

Glen was born and educated in Newcastle. He Joined the Council June 2014 and brings with him 30 years of experience in a wide range of senior commercial management roles across a number of industries.

Glen commenced his career with a ‘big four’ chartered accounting firm in Sydney. He also spent a number of years with a major Australian bank before relocating back to Newcastle, where he has held a number of CFO and senior financial and commercial roles in the energy and mining services sectors with responsibility for finance, commercial administration and corporate services. Immediately prior to joining the Council Glen was the Regional Commercial Manager for one of Australia’s largest diversified contract mining companies.

He has experience in implementing and managing change and improving organisational management reporting capability. He also brings significant experience in negotiating and managing complex contractual and commercial arrangements and has strong skills in relationship management with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels.

Glen is a chartered accountant and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Newcastle University and also holds a Masters Degree in Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Planning and Regulatory

Acting Director Planning and Regulatory - Andrew Baxter

Biography 

Andrew has 30 years experience working in the public sector in Australia, the UK and New Zealand. Andrew joined Newcastle City Council from the Department of Agriculture where he was the Director Investigations and Enforcement for NSW. Andrew has experience in law enforcement, oversight of public administration and most recently regulatory services.
 

The Business Units that form part of the Planning and Regulatory Group are:

  • Development and Building
  • Strategic Planning Services
  • Regulatory Services
  • Cultural Facilities
  • Libraries

Infrastructure

The Director Infrastructure is Frank Cordingley.

Areas of responsibility include Infrastructure Management Services, Road and Asset Maintenance Services, Projects and Contracts, Facilities and Recreation and Summerhill Waste Management Centre.

Biography

Frank Cordingley was born and educated in Perth, WA and joined BHP in 1969, commencing work at the Kwinana Steelworks.

Frank spent 27 years with BHP Steel, working in WA, Melbourne, and joining the steelworks as assistant supt operations in the blast furnaces in 1980. He then worked in operational management roles in the sinter plant, steelmaking, and foundries departments, concluding as the rod and bar division business planning manager from 1990 to 1995.

In 1996, Frank joined Port Waratah Coal Services as manager coal chain operations, responsible for the logistics of coal movements from the mines to ship in the Hunter Valley coal chain.

In 1999, Frank began a nine year career with NSW Health and took on the role of director corporate services for the Hunter Area Health Service. This involved executive responsibility for a range of non-clinical functions including ICT, capital works and facilities maintenance, procurement, business planning and other support functions. In the final three years with NSW Health Frank was the general manager health technology, and was tasked with the establishment of a statewide shared services IT agency to provide the IT needs of NSW Health.

Before he joined the Council, Frank was Chief Operations Officer for a local chartered accountancy and financial services firm for 18 months.

Frank obtained his honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of WA in 1972 and has completed numerous short courses in various management skills from many recognised business schools, including the Australian Graduate School of Management, Sydney, Mt Eliza Business School, Victoria and the Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts.

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