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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, People, Culture & Organisational Performance 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

Dr Nicole Davis
General Manager Infrastructure and Operations

Dr Nicole Davis

Dr Nicole Davis joined Council in 2020 and as the General Manager of Infrastructure and Operations. Nicole is responsible for overseeing the planning, capital, 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. 

Nicole’s 25 years career spans both private and public arenas, beginning in a Canberra water utility then continuing in the infrastructure and operational fields.  Nicole was also involved in water policy within the Queensland Water Commission in Brisbane during the peak of the Millennial drought.

Nicole has also previously worked in executive level roles as: Director of Operations at SEQ Water Grid Manager; at Mackay Regional Council as Chief Operating Officer, Water and Waste; and has also spent time in the private sector as a consultant.

Nicole holds a Bachelor Degree of Applied Science, a Ph.D. in Philosophy and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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.


People, Culture & Organisational Performance

Amanda Daly
Head of People, Culture & Organisational Performance

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Amanda manages Workplace Health, Safety & Wellbeing, People Development (including Organisational Learning & Development, Employee Engagement and Talent Acquisition), People Solutions (including Payroll & Data Analytics, Industrial Relations and Employee Relations) People & Culture Business Partnering and Corporate Strategy & Transformation (including Corporate Planning).

With a career with Council spanning over 20 years, 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, Change Style Indicator, DISC, IECL Coaching and Myers Briggs Type Indicator.  She also holds a Yellow Belt in Lean Six Sigma.


General Counsel

Andrew Ross
General Counsel

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Andrew has been with Redland City Council for more than 16 years as city solicitor, Chairperson of the Operational Risk Management Committee, liaison to the Crime and Corruption Commission and member of the Queensland Environmental Law Association.

Andrew has an extensive background in social services and public health and worked in private legal practices in Brisbane, Byron Bay and the Commonwealth Law Reform Commission.

Andrew continues to lead multi-year projects including the enhancement of Council’s Enterprise Risk Management Framework aligned to international standards for managing risk in existing Council operations and future strategic plans. He sponsors the Procurement Transformation Program to deliver better value, sustainability and efficiency across public spending on goods and services. Andrew chairs a multi-disciplinary team to review and plan Council’s strategic response to fire mitigation across the city and is proud to call Redlands Coast home with his family, friends and colleagues.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Theology and a 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 in excess of 60 and provides Council with support to manage $2.6 billion of community assets within an annual budget in the order of $330 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. Deborah also sponsored Council’s Asset Management Project over a four year period. 

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 Fellow of the Certified Practicing Accountants Australia and has a Master of Business (Professional Accounting) in addition to a Master of Mathematics.  Deborah is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an IECL-certified organisational coach.


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