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Inner West Council is a new council formed by the merger of the former Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils. It was proclaimed by the NSW Minister for Local Government on 12 May 2016.

Council employs over 1250 staff, organised into various sections with different responsibilities.

Interim General Manager Senior staff Internal Ombudsman


Interim General Manager

Rik Hart spent the first half of his career at Divisional Manager and CEO level in the private sector working in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Europe. He entered public life in the early ‘90’s to implement government reforms in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in New Zealand leading to his appointment as Director of New Zealand Fisheries.

In the mid-90’s Rik was appointed to the role of CEO of the Department of State Development in Victoria, being one of eight CEOs heading the Super-Ministries or Departments. During this time he helped implement at Victorian and Queensland State level and also at Federal level the introduction of accrual accounting and change management.

In 2000 Rik was appointed as the interim CEO and Chief Executive of Industries New Zealand, before appointment as the Chief Executive at Hutt City Council in 2001. Here he led Hutt City to the Silver Medal in New Zealand Business Excellence (Baldridge).

In 2007 Rik was appointed to the role of General Manager/Chief Executive at Warringah Council under an Administrator. Warringah went on to win a Bluett Award in 2015 as the most progressive Council in NSW that year. At the time of his departure, Council maintained a 94% satisfaction rate from the Warringah community.

Rik has a strong interest in government reform and development of cost effective practices.

Senior staff and organisational structure

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Inner West Council Organisational Chart

Rik Hart – Interim General Manager

Melodie Whiting – Group Manager, Human Resources
Joe Strati – Group Manager, Legal
Nellette Kettle – Group Manager, Integration, Customer Service and Business Excellence

Peter Gainsford – Deputy General Manager, Assets and Environment

Elizabeth Richardson – Group Manager, Development Assessment and Regulatory Services
Cathy Edwards-Davis – Group Manager, Trees, Parks and Sportsfields
Kelly Loveridge – Group Manager, Procurement & Fleet
Jan Orton – Group Manager, Environment and Sustainability
Wal Petschler – Group Manager, Footpaths, Roads, Traffic and Stormwater
Brooke Martin – Group Manager, Properties, Major Building Projects and Facilities

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

Pav Kuzmanovski – Group Manager, Finance
Harin Perera – Group Manager, Information and Communications Technology

John Warburton – Deputy General Manager, Community and Engagement

Laura Stevens – Group Manager, Communications, Engagement and Events
Erla Ronan – Group Manager, Community Services and Culture
Josephine Bennett – Group Manager, Recreation and Aquatics
Caroline McLeod – Group Manager, Library and History Services
Annette Morgan – Group Manager, Children and Family Services
David Birds – Group Manager, Strategic Planning


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