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Executive Team

The Hepburn Shire Council organisation is led by a CEO who operates under the guidance of the elected Council. Council delivers its services to the community through three departments, each of which is led by a Director.

Bradley Thomas
CEO

Bachelor of Commerce
Chartered Accountant
Masters of Business Administration

Bradley joined Council in January 2019, having previously held the position of Executive Manager Business Performance with the Mount Alexander Shire Council. Bradley has extensive knowledge of local government finance, information technology and corporate reporting. Bradley is a qualified Chartered Accountant, holds an MBA and is passionate about ensuring a high functioning organisation that delivers quality services to the community.

Bruce Lucas
Director Infrastructure and Delivery  

Bachelor of Civil Engineering
Associate Diploma Civil Engineering

Bruce joined Council in February 2012, having previously held the position of Manager Infrastructure with the Mount Alexander Shire Council, where he worked for 15 years. Bruce has extensive knowledge of local government engineering, asset management, emergency management, as well as effective management of operational and capital programs.

As Director of Infrastructure & Development Services, Bruce overseas infrastructure maintenance which includes all capital works undertaken in the Shire, and our parks and Open Spaces team. He is also responsible for Council’s assets and engineering services, which includes waste management, maintenance of Council buildings and assets, special projects, fleet management and technical services. In addition, Bruce is responsible for Environmental Health, Town Planning and Building along with the Council’s Community Safety team, which encompasses emergency management responsibilities.

Andrew Burgess
Director Organisational Services  

Diploma of Frontline Management
International Association for public participation Australasia ‘iaP2’ Certificate in Engagement

​Andrew commenced with Hepburn Shire as Manager Community Partnerships and Economic Development in February 2019 having previously held senior roles within Federal and State Government. Andrew is passionate about building strong communities and understands the importance of building relationships with government partners, Council and our community to achieve long term social, environmental and economic outcomes for individuals, families and communities who live, work and visit Hepburn Shire.

Leigh McCallum
Director Community and Development  

Master of Business Administration
Advanced Certificate in Personnel (HRM)

Leigh joined Council in September 2021, having held a range of leadership positions in rural, regional and metropolitan councils.  Leigh holds a Master of Business Administration, underpinned by qualifications in HR and additional study in social planning & community development, and leadership.  This is combined with extensive and diverse experience managing multidisciplinary teams across the operational areas of youth services, early years, community and recreation, emergency management, community inclusion, social and community infrastructure planning, and community development.