Strong Leadership for Inner West Council

The Inner West Council is in good hands, with three highly experienced professionals appointed to the positions of Deputy General Managers.

Interim General Manager Rik Hart said that he was confident that he had selected a leadership team that would steer Inner West Council through the challenging period of change and create a dynamic Council to serve residents of the inner west.

“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to build an executive team from the ground up, and I was very conscious of getting the right person for the job,” he said.

“I am confident that the team I have selected have strong broad based skills, will work extremely well together, and will provide strong leadership for the organisation."

Peter Gainsford, Deputy General Manager Assets and Environment.

Mr Gainsford has an MBA and a Degree in Civil Engineering. He started at Leichhardt Council as an apprentice in March 1983 and rose through the ranks in Corporate Services and Asset Management to became Director of Infrastructure and Service Delivery in 2002. He is committed to continuous improvement, project management and delivering quality outcomes for the community.

“Mr Gainsford is widely experienced with broad skills across the Assets and Environment portfolio. He is a strong communicator and is very familiar with the local area,” said Mr Hart.

John Warburton, Deputy General Manager Community and Engagement.

Mr Warburton has had long career in public service at Federal, State and Local level. For the past ten years he was the Deputy General Manager of the Community Division at Warringah Council, where he was responsible for community services, libraries, communications, engagement, events and aquatic centres. He previously spent 11 years with the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.

“Mr Warburton’s background in federal government agencies has given him experience in running larger organisations, and he was instrumental in transforming Warringah,” said Mr Hart.

Michael Tzimoulas, Deputy General Manager Chief Financial and Administration Officer.

Mr Tzimoulas has worked for American Express for the last 13 years, most recently managing the Finance organisation for Global Business Travel across the Asia Pacific region. He has implemented new financial systems and developed high performing and respected Finance teams . He holds a Bachelor of Business and is a qualified CPA with over 20 years’ experience.

“Mr Tzimoulas is a very well rounded financial professional. He will be outstanding in his ability to work with staff and councillors to enable us to take a new approach to financial management,” said Mr Hart.

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Page last updated: 03 Jun 2022