Bass Coast Shire Council appoints new CEO

At its Ordinary Meeting on Wednesday, 19 December Bass Coast Shire Council appointed Ali Wastie to serve as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Ms Wastie joins Bass Coast with over ten years of executive leadership experience across State and Local Government. Most recently as Director, City Communities at the City of Melbourne and also Director of Social and Economic Development at Yarra Ranges Shire Council since 2012.

Previously, Ms Wastie held leadership roles within the Victorian Department for Transport, Treasury and Finance and State Services Authority.

Council’s current Chief Executive Officer, Paul Buckley PSM is semi-retiring from local government after serving in the role for five years upon conclusion of his contract on 16 February 2019.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari, was delighted to announce the appointment and said there had been an extensive recruiting campaign that attracted strong interest, from high calibre applicants.

“The calibre of applicants was outstanding with over 30 people applying for the position; however, Ms Wastie stood out due to her approachable and progressive leadership style and focus on improvement and innovation to achieve outstanding outcomes for the community,” Cr Tessari said.

In addition to Ms Wastie’s Local Government experience, she has held numerous board positions in tourism, libraries and health. Her tertiary qualifications include a Master of Diplomacy and Trade, Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Arts. Ms Wastie is an accredited Organisational Coach, a qualified mediator and an alumnus of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

“We look forward to Ms Wastie’s commencement and the experience she will bring to the organisation in order to continue meeting the needs of our communities and ratepayers,” Cr Tessari said.

“Ms Wastie has a strong background in economic and social policy development, education, community services, emergency management and planning. Her track record in attracting funding from government will complement Council’s continued focus on advocacy.”

Ms Wastie is very pleased to have been appointed Council’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and is looking forward to leading the organisation into the future.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Bass Coast Shire Council as CEO. I am keen to build on Bass Coast’s excellent reputation and ensure the organisation is able to meet the needs of a growing community whilst protecting and enhancing our extraordinary natural assets,” Ms Wastie said.

“I know Bass Coast is a unique municipality with world class natural assets that attracts millions of visitors each year. Because our region enjoys relatively good access to services and amenities, we are a drawcard for families and for people to invest.

“I look forward to supporting the Council in addressing and embracing the opportunities presented by innovation, regional collaboration, digital transformation, customer focus and community capacity building,” Ms Wastie concluded.

Ms Wastie will commence as Council’s new CEO on 18 February 2019.

New CEO Bass Coast

Ali Wastie will take on the position of Bass Coast Shire Council’s new CEO in February 2019. She is pictured with Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari.

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