Ward 1 Councillors

Email correspondence to the Councillors email addresses provided below:

Cr Declan Clausen

Councillor Declan Clausen (ALP)

0419 212 207

Declan Clausen was first elected to Council at a by-election in 2015 and was elected for a third consequtive term in December 2021.

He is a representative of the Australian Labor Party.

Cr Clausen was elected to the role of Deputy Lord Mayor in September 2017, re-elected in August 2018 and August 2020.

Cr Clausen holds a BEng (Hons I) from the University of Newcastle and has completed a Masters of Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford.

He additionally holds qualifications as a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Certificate IV in leadership and management, and has completed the Bloomberg Harvard Cities Leadership Initiative at the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government.

Cr Clausen is particularly interested in sustainability and environmental conservation, urban amenity and planning, and the City’s Smart City program.

Qualifications: BEng (Hons I) (Newcastle), MSc (with Merit) (Oxon), GAICD, JP

Membership on Advisory Committees:
⁃ Chair, Strategy and Innovation Advisory Committee
⁃ Member, Asset Advisory Committee
⁃ Member, Youth Advisory Committee (Youth Council)

Membership on External Committees:
⁃ Member, Hunter Joint Organisation Regional Economic Transition Standing Committee
⁃ Member, NSW Public Libraries Association

Years of service - five.


Councillor Dr John Mackenzie (Greens)

0408 533 010

Dr John Mackenzie is a policy research consultant with over fifteen years’ experience in academic, government and consulting roles.

Dr Mackenzie brings to Council expertise in social research, impact assessment, community engagement and evaluation.

He has worked around the country on policy initiatives that bring communities together to find solutions to complex, divisive and intractable natural resource management problems, such as water allocation in the Murray Darling Basin and Indigenous water rights in Cape York and the Kimberley.

Years of service - three.


Councillor John Church (IND)

0414 294 944

John Church was first elected to Council in 2017 and was elected for a second consequtive term in December 2021.

Born and bred Novocastrian with a career background in media and small business.

John holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. John is married to Lynne with three children and is passionate about this city and community.

He is a member of the Salvation Army Red Shield Committee and Advisory Board.

Years of service - three.