Board of Directors

Board nominations for 2018 have commenced. Click here to find out more.

Barry Smith
General Manager
Hunter's Hill Council


As President of Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW I will be working to continue to build on the achievements of the past few years and to see our organisation recognised as leaders of our industry.

Local Government Professionals Australia, NSW will be a vibrant, responsive and forward thinking organisation that meets and anticipates the needs of all our members and the communities in which we live and work.


Rebecca Ryan
General Manager
Blayney Shire Council



Providing opportunities for professional development, networking and support to the sector is of prime importance and we must continue to provide members with access to resources, innovative solutions and information. Whilst there is no consensus about the current local government structural reform process, it is critical that LG Professionals, NSW remain constructive and be viewed as a respected stakeholder as the lead employee agency and provider of sector derived solutions that will give better outcomes for our people.


Damien Connor
Chief Financial Officer 
Gunnedah Shire Council


Increase the number of people who desire a professional career in local government; attract and retain the best talent to work in our industry; and ensure that LG Professionals, NSW have a far greater input into the direction of local government.


Catherine Dale
General Manager
Eurobodalla Shire Council



LG Professionals, NSW has the opportunity to remain and develop as the organisation in the forefront of leading local government and supporting its membership. This can be achieved by focusing on the critical issues facing the sector, ongoing implementation of programs that respond to emerging development needs, strong advocacy with NSW government and other professional organisations and connecting people across the state to share innovations and develop networks. This will be achieved by having a strategic, committed and energetic board working with the LG Professionals, NSW team.

Lisa Miscamble
Director City Lifestyles
Campbelltown City Council



Local government is in the midst of unprecedented change both due to the state government change agenda as well as the growth that most of NSW is experiencing. In this context there are many opportunities as an industry to make a significant difference for our future. As a board member, I will encourage LG Professionals, NSW to continue to inform and advocate on behalf of the sector and strengthen the capacity and skills of our members so that we are able to actively shape our futures.

Gary Murphy
General Manager
Lismore City Council


Our most immediate focus must be on supporting our professionals during this period of uncertainty and change. This support will be in the form of mentoring, coaching, guiding, use of networks and forums to exchange idea and share learnings and innovations. We must also continue to develop tools, templates and guidelines that our members need to affect change.

We must also continue to be an independent, apolitical, professional and respected industry voice for our members.
Simone Schwarz
Community Engagement Consultant
Georges River Council



My vision is for LG Professionals, NSW, and its members to be active in creating a new generation of local government in NSW. Specifically;

  • To develop the skills and capacity of our members.
  • To provide networking and development opportunities that support merged councils and continuing councils to develop new practices and services e.g. service review networking opportunities.
  • To support all local government professionals – at all stages of their careers (not just the senior executive)



Stewart Todd
General Manager
Narrabri Shire Council


Early in my local government career I was fortunate enough to attend an “Aspiring Leaders’ Forum conducted by the association which exposed me to industry leadership and opened up many doors for my future career.

My focus will be ensuring the association continues to provide great opportunities for the ‘up and comers’ of our industry to grow and learn – placing local government in safe hands now and into the future. We have recently seen an exodus of very experienced local government professionals, our industry needs to train and retain a knowledgeable, skilled and capable workforce to ensure the future success of local government in NSW.


David Tuxford
Director Community and Culture
Georges River Council



To continue to see our membership base grow and further expand the responsibilities of the Member Networks. I will continue to engage with members across the state to ensure that the training and services being provided by LG Professionals, NSW remains relevant and are structured to ensure interaction and networking occurs. Finally I will ensure that LG Professionals, NSW remains a voice for its members and delivers the message that its membership wants.


Joe Vescio
General Manager
Snowy Monaro Regional Council



Ensure LG Professionals, NSW is the pre-eminent professional body in local government and ensure that local government’s reform package announced May 2016 leads to cost effective sustainable services for local communities. I have been a long term member of LG Professionals, NSW. I’ve been a board member since 2014 with my key interests being the roll out of the merger program and ensuring affected members have a board member involved in the process, advocate on behalf of our members to government, LGNSW and local government unions and providing members with appropriate training to ensure they are best placed to further their career goal.