Executive Team

The Hepburn Shire Council organisation is led by the Chief Executive Officer, Aaron van Egmond, who operates under the guidance of the elected Council. Council delivers its services to the community through 3 departments, each of which is led by a General Manager.

Aaron van Egmond
Chief Executive Officer

Bachelor Business (Marketing and International Trade)
Certificate IV (Business Excellence)

Aaron has 11 years of experience in local government with Towong Shire Council, prior to taking up the position of CEO with Hepburn Shire Council in May 2012. While at Towong Shire Council, Aaron performed the role of Director Development Services and was responsible for economic development, tourism, local laws, planning, building, environmental health, as well as major projects.

Prior to working in the Local Government sector Aaron worked in the construction industry both as a project manager and within his own businesses focused on construction, maintenance and property development.

Bruce Lucas
General Manager Infrastructure

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 General Manager Infrastructure, Bruce overseas infrastructure maintenance which includes all capital works undertaken in the Shire, and our parks and gardens 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 the Natural Resources Officer and Council’s compliance team, which encompasses emergency management responsibilities.

Grant Schuster
General Manager Corporate Services

Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Master of Environment (Policy Communication and Governance)

Grant has been with Council since 2010.  During this time he has held the positions of Manager Risk and Property and Manager Strategic Asset Management, prior to becoming General Manager Corporate Services in 2014.  These previous roles coordinated and managed the risk, assets, property and local laws teams.  Prior to Hepburn, Grant worked in the private sector providing risk management services, internal audit and sustainability and climate change consulting.

As the General Manager Corporate Services, Grant oversees the human resources, finance, records, information technology, governance and organisational development areas.

Kathleen Brannigan
General Manager Community Services

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Part completion Master of Social Policy

Kathleen has been with Council since 2009. Initially, she held the position of Community Strengthening Manager, and then the Acting General Manger of Community Development in March 2011. Kathleen has a background in community development and social policy, and has worked in the social housing field in State Government and the not-for-profit sectors.

As the General Manager Community Development, Kathleen oversees the areas of aged and disability services, libraries, recreation and events, youth development, community planning, transport connections and early years planning.