Executive Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Brett Walsh is an experienced public administrator with a background in managerial finance and strategic leadership. Brett joined Longreach Regional Council in October 2022, bringing with him over 14 years executive management experience in local government at Barcaldine Regional Council. Prior to joining Barcaldine Regional Council, Brett was an experienced external auditor to local governments throughout regional Queensland.
His financial abilities are complemented by a wealth of experience in strategic governance, having delivered countless projects in community development, organisational reform, asset management, planning and policy development, and regional coordination. Brett is passionate about achieving economic and social development in rural communities to support small businesses, create employment, and improve liveability for all residents.
Brett was recognised in 2008 for his contribution to rural communities, receiving a Department of Local Government’s Community Hero Award. Brett was further recognised in 2018, winning the inaugural Butch Lenton Memorial Bush Heritage Innovation Award, presented by the Local Government Association of Queensland. The $10,000 bursary saw Brett complete a study-tour of small-town America, looking at the key success factors for growing compact communities and how their experiences might translate to western Queensland.
Brett holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Chartered Accountant, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He is glad to be remaining in the central-west, which is home, and he looks forward to making a lasting contribution to the ongoing development of our region through his work with Council. Brett lives in Longreach with his wife Debi.
Director of Infrastructure Services
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. He is married to Vimla and has two daughters, Lee-Anne and Michaela.
Acting Director of Community and Cultural Services
Acting Director of Community and Cultural Services Kimberley Dillon has a wealth of local government experience across a range of Administration, Policy, and Governance roles. She is a passionate Longreach local, with a track record of assisting community groups to coordinate projects and events.
Kimberley has held senior management roles within Council, most recently in Governance and Special Projects, as well as acting in the Director of Corporate Services role. She has previously worked for Livingstone Shire Council and in the Information Technology and Consulting arms of the Local Government Association of Queensland. She lives in Longreach with husband Phil, son Beau, and daughter Camie.
Director of Corporate Services
Chief Financial Officer
David joined Council as Chief Financial Officer in January 2022. With over two decades of experience in manufacturing, property development and finance companies, including as Chief Financial Officer of an ASX listed company, David brings specialist expertise in building value-adding finance teams and strategic financial management. David has a Bachelor of Accounting and is a member of CPA Australia.
Human Resources and Workplace Health & Safety Manager
Grace Jones joined the former Longreach Shire Council as a trainee in 2008, prior to amalgamation, and has been with Council ever since. A proud Longreach local, Grace has spent just under fourteen years working for Council in a variety of increasingly senior roles across the organisation. Her broad range of experience with Council has included roles in Tourism, Accounts Payable, Finance, Customer Service, Administration, and Rates.
Grace holds Diplomas in Leadership & Management and Local Government Administration, as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.