Organisational structure

The organisational (or administrative) structure of Redland City is set by Council and is responsible to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Andrew Chesterman. 

The CEO is responsible directly to the Council.

Our organisational functions are managed across the Office of the CEO, Human Resources and three departments. The departments include:

  • Infrastructure and Operations
  • Organisational Services
  • Community and Customer Services

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Executive Leadership Team

Andrew Chesterman
Chief Executive Officer

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Andrew brings a wealth of management experience in state and local government to his role as Chief Executive Officer and head of Council’s Executive Leadership Team.

Andrew has held various senior executive and CEO positions within the public sector including Chief Executive of the Queensland Public Service Commission, Director-General of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Divisional Manager, City Planning and Sustainability with the Brisbane City Council. 

His familiarity with local government dates back over 20 years and includes significant experience in Victoria and the United Kingdom.  He has also worked across a range of industries as a management consultant for an Australian Stock Exchange listed technology and business company.

Andrew began his career as a coastal planner in Victoria and has tertiary qualifications in environmental management, education and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Infrastructure and Operations

Peter Best
General Manager Infrastructure and Operations

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As General Manager Infrastructure and Operations, he is responsible for overseeing the planning, maintenance and operations of all physical infrastructure involving roads, parks, marine facilities, major projects, water, wastewater, waste and Council’s buildings – truly Council’s one stop shop for external operations. 

Peter is an experienced executive who during his career has managed large multidisciplinary operations, maintenance, engineering and service delivery teams across multiple industry sectors. He is a former General Manager Infrastructure Maintenance at Queensland Urban Utilities (QUU), which delivers water and sewerage services to 1.4 million people in South-East Queensland. While at QUU, Peter successfully led the largest and most complex business transformation program undertaken by QUU. A Redlander, Peter has broad experience in operations, asset maintenance, engineering and service delivery in both the private and public sectors, in Australia and overseas.

Peter holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering, is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of both the Institution of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Project Management.

Organisational Services

John Oberhardt 
General Manager Organisational Services 

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As General Manager for Organisational Services, John is responsible for a wide range of internal and external council functions, including Finance, General Counsel, Corporate Services, the Portfolio Management Office, Information Management, Internal Audit and Risk, Corporate Planning and Transformation, and Communication, Engagement and Tourism. Within these areas are the Office of Mayor and Councillors, Indigenous Partnerships, Disaster Planning and Operations, and Fleet Services.

John has a strong background in all areas of local government management and corporate governance, most recently as Chief Operating Officer at Logan City Council. He has worked in leadership roles in all areas of local government over more than 30 years and specialised in finance, governance, human resources management and administration.

John has also previously served as a Queensland and National Director and current member of the National Audit Committee for Local Government Professionals Australia and led significant strategic reforms, including working with the State Government to develop new legislation and guidelines for local government, water policy and local government boundary reform.

John holds a Bachelor in Commerce Degree and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and holds a Queensland Local Government Clerk’s Certificate. He is a Fellow of Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) and an LGMA Queensland past president. He is also a Fellow and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Justice of the Peace (Qualified).

Community and Customer Services

Louise Rusan
General Manager Community and Customer Services

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Louise Rusan joined Redland City Council in January 2011 and is the General Manager Community and Customer Services. Louise brings to Council over twenty years’ experience in a diverse range of private and public sector industries working in partnership with stakeholders to deliver quality outcomes. Louise holds a Bachelor of Business Degree and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Prior to joining Council Louise was the Chief Operating Officer for Queensland Motorways responsible for customer services, engineering services and tolling operations for the Gateway and Logan Motorways and the Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges. Louise has previously worked in executive level roles at WorkCover Queensland, has been as Associate Director for a leading Queensland engineering consultancy and has worked in a not for profit organisation and in corporate consultancy.

Human Resources

Amanda Daly
Head of Human Resources

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Amanda Daly is the Head of Human Resources for Redland City Council. Amanda manages Workplace Health and Safety, People Development which includes Learning and Development and Organisational Development, and Workplace Relations which includes Payroll, Recruitment and Selection and Industrial Relations. Amanda has operational management experience, previously managing the National Award Winning Contact Centre at Redland City Council.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Commerce, and is an Accredited Practitioner in the Human Synergistics Life Styles Inventories, DISC and Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

General Counsel

Andrew Ross
General Counsel

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Andrew Ross joined council in 2003. As General Counsel he is responsible for providing legal advice and representation to council, managing corporate complaints and overseeing the future direction of procurement. Andrew has 13 years’ experience within local government and previously worked for the Australian Law Reform Commission, community legal practice and private firms in Byron Bay and Brisbane.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Law; Bachelor of Theology and Masters in Health Science.

Financial Services

Deborah Corbett-Hall
Chief Financial Officer

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Deborah Corbett-Hall joined Redland City Council in 2006. As Chief Financial Officer, Deborah is responsible for providing strategic leadership and influence across internal and external customer facing finance functions. Deborah manages an establishment of 60 and provides Council with support to manage $2 billion of community assets within an annual budget of up to $300 million.

Deborah has held leadership positions at Council since 2009 including overseeing the Corporate Finance portfolio and leading Council through the annual budget, long-term forecasting and strategy development in Financial Planning. Deborah has also led the Commercial Business portfolio and Business Partnering service delivery within the Financial Services Group. 

Prior to Redland City Council, Deborah held several leadership positions in the United Kingdom within Jobcentre Plus after serving in the Armed Forces.

Deborah is a member of the Certified Practicing Accountants Australia and has a Master of Business (Professional Accounting) in addition to a Master of Mathematics.

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