Coun­cil’s new CEO a Cut­ter above the rest

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - ALEX SINNOTT

VETERAN Mel­bourne bu­reau­crat Mar­tin Cut­ter was con­firmed as the City of Greater Gee­long’s new chief ex­ec­u­tive last night.

The City of Mel­bourne op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor will base his fam­ily in Gee­long and is sched­uled to take up City Hall’s top job in June.

City Hall’s new chief was not at last night’s meet­ing but said in a state­ment he was ex­cited by the five-year ap­point­ment.

“The area is un­der­go­ing sig­nif­i­cant change and I can feel the en­ergy the new coun­cil is bring­ing to this chal­lenge,” Mr Cut­ter said.

“I have long held an am­bi­tion to work in, and con­trib­ute to, the re­gion that I have seen grow over many years.

“I look for­ward to lead­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion but also work­ing in part­ner­ship with the re­gion’s many stake­hold­ers.”

The city coun­cil’s in­vest­ment di­rec­tor Brett Lux­ford has been act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive since pre­de­ces­sor Kelvin Spiller re­tired last month. Mr Lux­ford will re­main in the role un­til Mr Cut­ter moves into his new of­fice within six weeks.

Fig­ures re­leased last year re­vealed Mr Spiller re­ceived $400,000-$409,000 per an­num and Mr Cut­ter is likely to re­ceive the same cash pack­age or slightly more.

Mayor Bruce Har­wood ac­knowl­edged the Gee­long Ad­ver­tiser broke the story of Mr Cut­ter’s ap­point­ment dur­ing last night’s spe­cial meet­ing.

“Mar­tin has worked at the high­est lev­els in lo­cal gov­ern­ment and also has a strong back­ground in the pri­vate sec­tor,” Cr Har­wood said.

“It was a rig­or­ous process, select­ing our new CEO, and Mar­tin re­ally stood out as some­one who un­der­stands how lo­cal gov­ern­ment works and some­one with a record of achieve­ment.”

Be­fore serv­ing as City of Mel­bourne op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor, Mr Cut­ter worked as its cor­po­rate ser­vices di­rec­tor. He held se­nior roles at Aus­tralian River Co, ANL Lim­ited and KPMG be­fore en­ter­ing the pub­lic sec­tor.

Mr Spiller an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion in mid-Novem­ber.

While he had a year re­main­ing on his three-year con­tract, he used the first day of the new coun­cil­lor-led era to an­nounce he would fin­ish eight months early. real

For­mer city CEO Kelvin Spiller

TOP JOB: Mar­tin Cut­ter has of­fi­cially been named the City of Greater Gee­long’s new CEO. A Gee­long Ad­ver­tiser story, in­set, broke the news on April 12.

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