City of Newcastle is organised into five groups, each with a range of responsibilities.
Organisation Chart as at November 2018
Chief 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 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 the City of Newcastle 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 Chief Executive Officer.
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.
The 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
Areas of responsibility include Information and technology, major events and corporate affairs and corporate and community planning.
People and Culture
Areas of responsibility include human resources, training and learning, WHS and injury management and payroll.
City Wide Services
Areas of responsibility include Art Gallery, Facilities and Recreation, Museum, Civic Services, Customer Service, Libraries and Learning and Waste Services.
Infrastructure and Property
The 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.