Executive Management Team

Anne Howard, Chief Executive Officer


Chief Executive Officer of Colac Otway Shire Council, Anne Howard has 20 years’ experience in Local Government with qualifications that include a Master of Business Administration, Master of Infrastructure Engineering and a Bachelor of Engineering.

Prior to joining Colac Otway Shire Council, Anne served as Acting CEO of Surf Coast Shire Council and was also a member of their executive team covering a diverse portfolio that included finance, governance and risk, information management, civil infrastructure and waste, strategic asset management and digital transformation.

Anne has been a member of the executive at Campaspe Shire Council responsible for economic development and tourism, corporate planning, community development, strategic land use planning, infrastructure services, asset management and the program management office.

Prior to joining local government in 2001, Anne’s private sector experience included environmental consulting, water, wastewater and stormwater design and construction, project management and delivery of environmental health infrastructure in remote aboriginal communities across the Northern Territory and Queensland.


Tony McGann, Environment and Infrastructure General Manager
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Tony brings 20 years of local government experience to the role of General Manager Environment and Infrastructure. He is qualified with a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Engineering.

His private sector experience relates to designing and project managing civil engineering and building projects. In the Council environment Tony has managed diverse portfolios including COPACC, Bluewater, town planning, asset management, waste management, local laws, environment, services and operations including the Port of Apollo Bay and capital works delivery.




Errol Lawrence, Corporate Services General Manager

Errol Lawrence

Errol Lawrence has 16 years’ experience in Local Government, the last four of which have been with the Colac Otway Shire Council. His formal qualifications include a Diploma in Accounting and Company Director Diploma.

Errol relocated from Perth in 2017, where he had been employed at the City of Kwinana for the previous 12 years as Director of Corporate and Engineering Services.

For 22 years prior to Local Government, Errol gained extensive experience in corporate finances while working in the automotive industry.




Ian Seuren, Development and Community Services General Manager

Ian Seuren

Ian has over 25 years’ experience in the public service and not-for-profit sectors, with qualifications including a Master of Sport Business and Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement).

With considerable experience in both local and state government organisations, Ian’s career has focussed on community and business engagement and delivering on public sector policy. Ian has been employed with Colac Otway Shire since 2010, firstly as Manager Arts and Leisure before progressing to the position of General Manager Development & Community Services.

Prior to working at Colac Otway Shire, Ian held regional roles with Regional Development Victoria and Sport and Recreation





Marlo Emmitt, Manager Governance and CommunicationsMarlo Emmitt cropped.jpg

Marlo has over 20 years’ experience in Local Government, with qualifications that include a Bachelor of Commerce (Business Law) and Diploma of Business in Hospitality Management.

Prior to joining Colac Otway Shire in February 2021, Marlo most recently held the executive roles of Acting Director Governance and Acting Manager Improvement and Program Integration at the City of Melbourne.

Marlo focusses on providing high level support and advice to Councillors and the wider organisation, ensuring the organisation’s reputation is preserved and enhanced, risks are anticipated and managed,well-informed decisions are made by the administration and Council and Council’s corporate planning and statutory responsibilities are met.