Executive Team

This is a photo of Hepburn Shire Council CEO, Bradley Thomas

Bradley Thomas – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Bradley joined Council in January 2019. He holds a B.Comm, MBA and is a qualified chartered accountant. Bradley is experienced in local government finance, information technology and corporate reporting.

This is a photo of Hepburn Shire Council Director, Infrastructure & Delivery, Bruce Lucas

Bruce Lucas – Director, Infrastructure and Delivery

Bruce joined Council in February 2012. Bruce is experienced in local government engineering, asset management, emergency management and effective management of operational and capital programs.

The Infrastructure and Delivery Directorate includes:

  • Operations - Works, Parks and Open Spaces, and Engineering
  • Major Projects
  • Waste
  • Facilities
  • Community Safety
  • Emergency Management.

This is a photo of Hepburn Shire Council Director, Organisational Services, Andrew Burgess

Andrew Burgess – Director, Organisational Services

Andrew joined Council in February 2019. Andrew holds a Diploma of Frontline Management & an IAP2 Certificate in Engagement (International Association for Public Participation Australasia). 

The Organisational Services Directorate includes:

  • Grants
  • Financial Services
  • Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Customer Experience
  • Culture and Performance
  • Governance.

Natalie Walker standing in in front of green backdrop

Natalie Walker – Community and Development

Natalie was appointed as Director Community and Development in August 2022. She has extensive experience in strategy development and service provision, particularly in land use planning, social, economic and environmental policy.

With a career spanning more than 25 years in Local Government, Natalie is passionate about delivering positive community outcomes. She has led programs that improve liveability and development outcomes for Wyndham, Hobsons Bay and Queenscliffe Councils. She holds a Masters in Human Services and Bachelor of Applied Science in Urban Planning, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has certifications in community engagement and public policy. 

The Community and Development Directorate includes:

  • Economic Development and Recreation
  • Sustainability
  • Planning and Building
  • Community Life.