Executive management team
Peter Brown, Chief Executive
Peter Brown has more than three decades experience in local government including seven years as Horsham Rural City Chief Executive.
Prior to his position at Horsham Rural City, Peter served as Director of Corporate Strategies with the Warrnambool City Council and also Chief Executive of Wimmera Uniting Care.
Peter grew up in the Wimmera attending Goroke Primary School and Horsham College. He moved to Melbourne to study at Latrobe University completing a degree in Economics. On graduating he worked for the Rural Finance Commission in Melbourne.
Peter returned to rural life in the Wimmera and began work at the former City of Horsham as Finance Manager in 1982. Following council amalgamations in 1995 Peter went on to serve with the newly-formed Horsham Rural City from 1995-2002, first as General Manager of Corporate Services and later as Corporate Services and Economic Development General Manager. Peter was Wimmera Uniting Care Chief Executive for six years from 2002.
In 2008 he returned to local government as Warrnambool City Council’s Director of Corporate Strategies. Most recently Peter served as Chief Executive of Horsham Rural City, a role he held for seven years.
Peter has a strong interest in regional communities and the benefits of collaboration with neighbours and other levels of government to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
Tony McGann, Infrastructure and Leisure General Manager
Port of Apollo Bay
Strategic property management, including leases, licenses, committees of management and airfields
Parks and gardens
Road construction and maintenance
Plant and equipment maintenance
Bluewater Fitness Centre
COPACC (Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre)
Arts and culture
Recreation and open space
Errol Lawrence, Corporate Services General Manager
Training and development
Council and business planning
Strategic financial planning
Financial management and reporting
Accounts and payroll
Governance and corporate functions
Gareth Smith, Development and Community Services General Manager
Statutory and strategic planning
Emergency management and fire prevention
Local laws and compliance
Visitor information centres
Family day care and Maternal and Child Health
Older persons and ability support, rural access
Gareth has extensive leadership experience in local and state governments. Gareth was previously CEO with Corangamite Catchment Authority where he was well regarded for his ability to develop strategic partnerships and positive relationships to enhance the Authority and sector.
Prior to joining the Authority, Gareth was CEO of Adelaide Shores, a national award-winning tourism and recreation precinct in South Australia established by the state government to develop and manage state signifi cant tourism, leisure and sporting facilities.
Gareth has significant experience in enhancing customer experiences and operating environments, increasing benefi ts from community assets and services, seeking new investment, driving change to better align resources and culture to organisational strategy and supporting boards to achieve their governance and strategic imperatives.