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Leadership and structure

Our Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Alison Leighton, is responsible for establishing and maintaining an organisational structure that ensures the decisions of Council are implemented, and its vision is delivered. The CEO also provides timely advice to Council.

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The Executive Leadership Team is appointed by the CEO and assists in the overall leadership and governance of the organisation. In particular it:

  • provides impartial and professional advice to Council
  • implements Council decisions efficiently and effectively
  • leads the organisation and its people, including enhancing collaboration and providing stewardship for the future
  • manages ongoing programs and services
  • supports good local governance in the community
  • builds partnerships and advocates in the best interests of the community, consistent with Council priorities.

Executive Leadership Team members

  • Alison Leighton - Chief Executive Officer
  • Evan Counsel - General Manager Strategy, Planning and Climate Change
  • Ludo Campbell-Reid - General Manager Business, Economy and Activation
  • Mans Bassi - Chief Operating Officer, Finance and Corporate
  • Rick Kwasek - General Manager Infrastructure and Amenity
  • Rushda Halith - General Manager Community and City Services
  • Kirsty Pearce - Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO
  • Rebecca Skelton - Director Strategic Communications

Organisational structure

The Office of the CEO liaises with the offices of the lord mayor and deputy lord mayor, councillors, City of Melbourne executives, Victorian Government and key community and corporate stakeholders to ensure Council's strategic objectives are met using all available resources.

The Office of the Lord Mayor provides high-level advisory and administrative support services for the operation of the offices of the lord mayor and deputy lord mayor.

The chief of staff, along with support staff, works closely with the offices of the CEO, councillor support, Executive Leadership Team and managers to ensure an effective relationship exists to support the functionality of the Council.


Council role and services

Learn about the role, functions and services of Melbourne City Council.

Annual Plan and Budget

Council’s Budget and Annual Plan for 2024-25 has been adopted by Council.

Gender Equality Action Plan 2022–25

Our plan for continuing to embed gender equality in the workplace.

our acknowledgement

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  • Aboriginal People Flag

The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we govern, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong / Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin and pays respect to their Elders past and present. 


We acknowledge and honour the unbroken spiritual, cultural and political connection they have maintained to this unique place for more than 2000 generations.

We accept the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and are committed to walking together to build a better future.