CEO: ‘nuts and bolts first’
DAINTREE resident Linda Cardew will officially become the new chief executive officer for the Douglas Shire Council from March 10.
With more than 20 years experience across all levels of government, Ms Cardew stood out from a strong field of 33 applicants across Australia.
‘‘I am extremely excited,’’ she said.
‘‘Financial sustainability is and will continue to be a priority. The budget is lean and we need to work with it to deliver value for money and an understanding on how to deliver services efficiently – without a financial platform, other things cannot be achieved.
‘My role as the CEO is initially to establish the nuts and bolts of this council, which relates to those statutory responsibility that we have as an organisation and it sounds incredibly boring but it’s essential to plan for the budget 2014-15, to prepare the corporate plan and other statutory plans that the Local Government Act requires.’’
Ms Cardew and her husband along with their daughter have had their Daintree property for eight years and lived in the region for four. She applied for the position because she ‘‘absolutely loves this community’’.
‘‘The people, place and environment, I am absolutely committed to it and was even before the role appeared,’’ she said.
‘‘The role of CEO allows me to bring to bear more than 20 years of experience in all levels of government. Of that I spent 15 years in local government.
‘‘Also the position is unique – to be the first CEO of a new council is to create a new opportunity to take Douglas forward under the direction of the mayor and councillors.’’
Mayor Julia Leu made the official announcement yesterday morning and said in her speech the reason why Ms Cardew was selected was because of her personal and career achievements.
‘‘She really stood out amongst the applicants, and I know the council is very pleased to be able to appoint Linda,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re also very fortunate that Linda lives in the Daintree and has a very good understanding of what this community needs, and what are the complexities of our particular area.
‘‘Linda has significant strategic management and financial skills, which is exactly what we need in the first term of this council.’’
Ms Cardew commended acting CEO Jeff Tate on his role establishing the new Douglas Shire Council and said she will build on his good work.
‘‘He’s gone beyond his role originally proposed and taken Douglas to heart, implementing sound prac- tices that I intend to continue. He is a very capable and good leader and I believe Douglas was lucky to have him,’’ she said.
‘‘The challenges I know I’ll be facing in the next weeks, months and years will really be enormous. I will deliver and manage an administration comprising a team (and) I hope the community sees this new administration as creative, as competent, as accessible – we won’t be locked away in an ivory tower – we will be there.’’
new CEO Linda Cardew with mayor Julia Leu