Newcastle City Council is organised into three groups, each with a range of responsibilities.
Organisation Chart as at March 2016
Chief Executive's Office
The Interim Chief Executive Officer is Jeremy Bath. Areas of responsibility include overseeing the operations of the administration, internal audit and organisation performance and improvement.
Jeremy commenced in May 2017 and comes with 20 years' experience working in the private sector as well as in local, state and federal governments.
Jeremy was born and raised in Newcastle and graduated from the University of Newcastle where he first worked as a journalist before embarking on a career that took him overseas and then to Sydney where he worked at Fairfield City Council. After eighteen months he accepted a senior public affairs role with ClubsNSW which allowed him to develop strong working relationships with both state and federal governments. He returned to Newcastle with his young family in 2013 to accept a role with Hunter Water Corporation managing its government relations. After two and a half years he was appointed by the NSW Government as Hunter Water's interim Chief Executive Officer for a period of 12 months.
Upon completion of this role Jeremy accepted a role in Sydney with international political and corporate strategists Crosby Textor. However with the opportunity to lead Newcastle City Council during a period when the City is undergoing an exciting revitalisation that includes a $500 million urban transformation and transport program, Jeremy has now returned to Newcastle as its Interim Chief Executive Officer.
Director Corporate Services is Glen Cousins. Areas of responsibility include finance, information technology, human resources, commercial property, communications and engagement, legal and governance and customer service.
Glen was born and educated in Newcastle. He Joined the Council June 2014 and brings with him 30 years of experience in a wide range of senior commercial management roles across a number of industries.
Glen commenced his career with a ‘big four’ chartered accounting firm in Sydney. He also spent a number of years with a major Australian bank before relocating back to Newcastle, where he has held a number of CFO and senior financial and commercial roles in the energy and mining services sectors with responsibility for finance, commercial administration and corporate services. Immediately prior to joining the Council Glen was the Regional Commercial Manager for one of Australia’s largest diversified contract mining companies.
He has experience in implementing and managing change and improving organisational management reporting capability. He also brings significant experience in negotiating and managing complex contractual and commercial arrangements and has strong skills in relationship management with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
Glen is a chartered accountant and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Newcastle University and also holds a Masters Degree in Applied Finance from Macquarie University.
Planning and Regulatory
Director Planning and Regulatory is Peter Chrystal. Areas of responsibility include overseeing libraries, cultural facilities, strategic planning services, development and building services and regulatory services
Peter has some 20 years of experience working in the private sector and, local government both in Australia and New Zealand. Peter joined Newcastle City Council from Wollongong City Council where he was the City Centre Manager responsible for working with the various agencies and business community on the revitalisation plans for the Wollongong CBD.
Peter brings to this leadership role experience in strategic land-use planning, development and building, regulatory services and, most recently, cultural facilities and economic development. Peter’s work experience demonstrates a clear commitment to strong leadership, continuous improvement focussing on outcomes and actively promoting a team based environment based on consultation and participation.
The Director Infrastructure is Ken Lidell. Areas of responsibility include Infrastructure Management Services, Road and Asset Maintenance Services, Projects and Contracts, Facilities and Recreation and Summerhill Waste Management Centre.
Ken is approaching his 40th year working in either federal, state and local government and has resided in the Newcastle area for approximately half of those years.
Apart from his work with local councils, Ken has worked in senior executive roles across the health, housing, public works and water industries.
Ken holds engineering qualifications, post graduate qualifications in project management and a master's degree in business administration.