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Chief Executive Officer

Ian Bodill GAICD

The CEO is appointed under local government regulation and is primarily responsible for the overall management and leadership of Council's operations. This involves regular contact with constituents, external stakeholders and other government entities.

Ian commenced duties as the Chief Executive Officer at Longreach Regional Council on 21 September 2015. 

Ian has 26 years experience in Local Government within Western Australia, Northern Territory and now in Queensland and of which nearly 21 years have been in the role of Chief Executive Officer.

He has worked for Local Governments such as Augusta/Margaret River, Broome, Serpentine/Jarrahdale, Bridgetown/Greenbushes and was appointed as the inaugural CEO for the East Arnhem Shire in the Northern Territory.

Ian places an emphasis on Strategic Planning, Economic Development, maintaining a culture of good customer service and a team approach towards achieving outcomes.

He has a Masters in Business Administration, a Masters in Business (Property), a Masters in Emergency Management, a Graduate Diploma in Business and a Diploma in Local Government. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Director of Corporate Services /

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Paul Hockings

Paul Hockings commenced duties as the Director of Corporate Services at Longreach Regional Council on 11 May 2015.  He has 25 years experience across mining / refinery, community relations, local government, and agribusiness, with the last 10 years in North East Arnhemland, Northern Territory.

Recently he was managing large contracts, in excess of $20M, within the client side of a multi-national mining company ensuring optimum delivery of operational and maintenance services to a remote refinery and mining operation.  A prior role with the same company had him responsible for mining company accommodation and other assets within the special purpose town of Nhulunbuy.

His local government experience includes the positions of Town Administrator/ CEO and Administration Manager / CFO of the Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited and prior to this Manager of Corporate Services, Urana Shire Council, NSW.

Paul has a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University and is a member of CPA Australia and Local Government Managers’ Australia.

Paul is married to Michelle and they have three children Makaela, Darcie and Thomas.  He is looking forward to working for a local government council again and getting to know the local community.

Director of Infrastructure Services

Roger Naidoo

Roger Naidoo commenced duties as the Director of Infrastructure Services at Longreach Regional Council on 23 May 2016.  He has over 25 years experience in civil construction and local government in Australia and abroad. Roger has managed multi-million dollar civil construction projects while working for large private construction companies and has spent the last 17 years in a local government environment.

His Local Government experience comes from holding various management roles in Queensland, Western Australia and Overseas.

Roger has a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology: Civil Engineering, Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering and a Diploma in Civil Engineering.

Roger is married to Vimla and has two daughters, Lee-Anne and Machaela. They are looking forward to settling in and calling Longreach home.

Director of Community and Cultural Services

David Perry

David Perry commenced employment at Longreach Regional Council in August 2014 as the newly created role of Public Facilities Manager. This role involved both management of services and processes that supported the core business of the organisation. He was appointed Director of Community and Cultural Services in December 2016. The Directorate covers a variety of portfolios including:

  • Childcare;
  • Council and Community Housing;
  • Libraries and Event Co-Ordination;
  • Community and Youth Development;
  • Open Spaces and Sporting Facilities;
  • Horticultural Services;
  • Environmental Health; and
  • Town Planning

David has a background of Education, and Building Architecture having been employed in both government and private sectors.

He is a strong advocate for environmental, economic and social sustainability.