Organisation Chart

City of Newcastle is organised into five groups, each with a range of responsibilities. 

 Organisation Chart as at July 2019 (pdf)

Jeremy BathChief Executive's Office

The Chief Executive Officer is Jeremy Bath. Areas of responsibility include overseeing the operations of the administration, internal audit and organisation performance and improvement.


Jeremy Bath began as CEO of City of Newcastle in May 2017 and comes with 20 years' experience 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. He first worked as a journalist before embarking on a career that took him overseas and then to Sydney's Fairfield City Council. 

After 18-months he accepted a senior public affairs role with ClubsNSW, where he ran successful campaigns opposing state and federal government legislation that ultimately were reversed in favour of the registered club industry.  

He returned to Newcastle with his young family in 2013 to accept a role with Hunter Water Corporation, managing its government relations team. 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 where he led a campaign on behalf of one of the world's largest coal exporters. 

But the opportunity to lead Newcastle Council at a time of such exciting revitalisation - including a $650 million urban transformation and transport program - was too strong to resist and today he reaches 2 years as the leader of the City of Newcastle.

As part of Council's Open and Transparent Governance Strategy, the Chief Executive Officer's diary is published on a quarterly basis. See Open Diaries for further information.


David ClarkeThe Director of Governance is David Clarke. Areas of responsibility include legal services, regulatory function, development and assessment and finance. The purpose of Governance is to provide legal compliance and advice to inform evidence based decision making throughout and across Council.


David has 20 years experience working with communities, stakeholders and governments on natural resource, coastal, public land, renewable energy and agricultural research initiatives.

From 2013 - 2018, he was Group Director Governance and Strategy with NSW Department of Industry - Lands and Water where he lead Crown land legislative reforms, Aboriginal and Council land negotiations and governance functions.

David was born and raised in Newcastle and holds environmental qualifications from the University of Newcastle.

Strategy and Engagement

Brett SmithBrett Smith leads the Strategy and Engagement Directorate with responsibility for corporate and community planning, public relations and events, and information technology services. 
Brett has 20 years of senior management and leadership experience in the NSW and Tasmanian public service sectors.  Most recently, Brett was the CEO of the Cradle Coast Authority with responsibility for economic development, destination management and natural resource management across the nine local government areas of NW Tasmania.  Brett has 15 years experience in the urban water industry with roles responsible for regulation, government relations, policy, governance and commercial arrangements with the private sector for the delivery of infrastructure to support new housing.
Brett has graduate and post graduate qualifications in environmental management, urban and regional planning and business administration.  Brett is an evidence-based leader focused on delivering enduring social legacies by developing the capacity and capability of the communities he serves; empowering communities to take responsibility through collective action.

People and Culture

Fiona LeathamThe Director of People and Culture is Fiona Leatham. Areas of responsibility include Human Resource Operations, Organisational Development, Training and Learning, Payroll, WHS and Injury Management. 


Fiona has over 11 years experience working in Local Government across a range of business areas including: Strategic Planning; Infrastructure and Asset Planning; Projects and Contracts before leading the human resource functions and People and Culture team in June 2017.

Focus areas for Fiona include leading and managing organisational change initiatives that position people first and enabling training and development opportunities that strengthen the workforce while retaining our talented employees. People and Culture’s primary focus is on the safety and wellbeing for all employees recognising that a strong and positive workplace culture underpins our ability to deliver on our strategic objectives.

Fiona was born and raised in Newcastle and holds post graduate Project Management qualifications and a Masters of Business Administration majoring in Human Resources from the University of New England. With a strong passion for life-long learning, Fiona continues to pursue knowledge through education and opportunities for working together with a broad and diverse range of people on a daily basis.

City Wide Services

The Director of City Wide Services is Alison Murphy.  Areas of responsibility include the Art Gallery, Museum, Parks and Recreation, Civic Services, Customer Service, Libraries and Learning and Waste Services.


Alison has extensive experience in Local Government, in community strategic planning, facilitating community partnerships and delivering a variety of community programs and services.  Prior to coming to the City of Newcastle Alison worked in the NSW State Government in the Local Government Reform team.

Alison's key focus will be on strenthening a customer focused culture, stakeholder engagement and working in partnershipwith our community to deliver a range of services from waste and recycling to services and facilities that bring people and communities together in our libraries, cultural and recreational facilities and spaces for the City of Newcastle.

Alison was raised in the Upper Hunter and has a Bachelor of Social Science from Newcastle University and Master in Social Administration from University of Western Sydney. 

Infrastructure and Property

Ken LiddellThe Director Infrastructure and Property is Ken Liddell. Areas of responsibility include depot operations, assets and projects, civil construction and maintenance and property.


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.