Newcastle City Council is organised into three groups, each with a range of responsibilities.
Organisation Chart as at December 2017
Chief Executive's Office
The Chief Executive Officer is Jeremy Bath. Areas of responsibility include overseeing the operations of the administration, internal audit and organisation performance and improvement.
Jeremy commenced in May 2017 and comes with 20 years' experience working in the private sector as well as in local, state and federal governments.
Jeremy was born and raised in Newcastle and graduated from the University of Newcastle where he first worked as a journalist before embarking on a career that took him overseas and then to Sydney where he worked at Fairfield City Council. After eighteen months he accepted a senior public affairs role with ClubsNSW which allowed him to develop strong working relationships with both state and federal governments. He returned to Newcastle with his young family in 2013 to accept a role with Hunter Water Corporation managing its government relations. After two and a half years he was appointed by the NSW Government as Hunter Water's interim Chief Executive Officer for a period of 12 months.
Upon completion of this role Jeremy accepted a role in Sydney with international political and corporate strategists Crosby Textor. However with the opportunity to lead Newcastle City Council during a period when the City is undergoing an exciting revitalisation that includes a $500 million urban transformation and transport program, Jeremy has now returned to Newcastle as its Chief Executive Officer.
As part of Council's Open and Transparent Governance Strategy, the Chief Executive Officer's diary is published on a quarterly basis. See Open Diaries
for further information.
Areas of responsibility include finance, commercial property, legal and governance and customer service.
Planning and Regulatory
Areas of responsibility include overseeing libraries, cultural facilities, strategic planning services, development and building services and regulatory services.
The Director Infrastructure is Ken Lidell. Areas of responsibility include Infrastructure Management Services, Road and Asset Maintenance Services, Projects and Contracts, Facilities and Recreation and Summerhill Waste Management Centre.
Ken is approaching his 40th year working in either federal, state and local government and has resided in the Newcastle area for approximately half of those years.
Apart from his work with local councils, Ken has worked in senior executive roles across the health, housing, public works and water industries.
Ken holds engineering qualifications, post graduate qualifications in project management and a master's degree in business administration.