Douglas Shire Council Mayor Julia Leu has announced Linda Cardew as the new Chief Executive Officer.
Mayor Leu said the vastly experienced local government executive Ms Cardew, who lives in the Daintree, stood out from a strong field of 33 applicants from across Australia and would bring a wealth of knowledge to the CEO position with more than 20 years experience across all levels of government.
Mayor Leu said the community was very fortunate to have someone with Ms Cardew’s local government experience and commitment to the region appointed to the role.
“Linda brings a fresh energy to the CEO role and I’m really pleased we’ve appointed someone with the background to oversee the financial sustainability of the Douglas Shire Council who also has a real awareness of what is important to the community,” Mayor Leu said.
Ms Cardew said she was thrilled to be joining Douglas Shire Council in such a unique situation.
“Obviously I love the region because this is where I choose to live, but it is going to be incredibly rewarding to contribute to Douglas Shire Council in what is a really exciting period.
“Ours will be a very accessible and accountable administration and the council has set a very aggressive timetable to complete our 2014/15 Budget, corporate plan and governance requirements but I’m really looking forward to working with the Mayor, councillors and staff.
“By adopting and implementing an innovative approach to how we deliver services it provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate best practice and cost-effectiveness in local government.”
Ms Cardew has impressive local government executive credentials, ranging from the strategic management of property assets to the negotiation and implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects.
Ms Cardew will officially start in the CEO position on March 10.
Fast facts about the new CEO
- Has been a ratepayer in the Daintree for more than eight years
- Admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW
- Accomplished violist who was the youngest member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
- Sailed 22,000 nautical miles across the Pacific, Indian, South Atlantic and North Atlantic Oceans
* For more information contact Douglas Shire Council Communications and Events Officer Greg McLean on 4099 9443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org