Executive Management Team

Robert Dobrzynski Chief Executive

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
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Responsibility areas

Asset management
Port of Apollo Bay
Building maintenance
Strategic property management, including leases, licenses, committees of management and airfields
Parks and gardens
Road construction and maintenance
Bridge maintenance
Plant and equipment maintenance
Bluewater Fitness Centre
COPACC (Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre)
Arts and culture
History Centre
Recreation and open space
Project management
Capital works
Technical works
Major projects


Errol Lawrence, Corporate Services General Manager

Errol Lawrence

Responsibility areas

Training and development
Corporate development
Council and business planning
Compliance reporting
Information technology
GIS mapping
Strategic financial planning
Financial management and reporting
Accounts and payroll
Customer service
Service improvement
Governance and corporate functions
Grant management
Contract management
Waste management
Human Resources
Risk Management


Ian Seuren, Development and Community Services General Manager

Ian Seuren

Responsibility areas

Statutory and strategic planning
Emergency management and fire prevention
Local laws and compliance
Planning enforcement
School crossings
Visitor information centres
Economic development
Family day care and Maternal and Child Health
Older persons and ability support, rural access
Social policy