CEO & Executive

Chief Executive Officer 

Mr Allan Bawden was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ararat Rural City Council in September 2017.  

Mr Bawden comes to the role with extensive experience as a CEO and non-executive director in both the local government and not for profit sectors.

His local government career has spanned four decades involving senior executive appointments in some of Victoria's most dynamic regions including inner metropolitan Melbourne, the Latrobe Valley and Bass Coast.

He was the inaugural CEO of Bass Coast Shire Council following the state-wide restructuring of local government in 1995 and held this position until 2014.

Mr Bawden’s most recent role was serving as a non-executive director, consulting to governing bodies on strategy and governance, pursuing his interest in primary production and mentoring young professionals.

He holds a Master of Business Administration (Melbourne University) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2014 for outstanding public service to the Bass Coast and the Gippsland regions.


Executive Leadership Group (ELG)

The members of Council's Executive Leadership Group have a wide variety of professional experience across both Local Government and the private sector.

Each one has been chosen specifically for their expertise, qualifications, and ability to improve Council's effectiveness.  Between them they manage an annual budget in the vicinty of $29m, across diverse areas.

They all live within the municipality and own homes here, with three of them being locally born & bred.  

The Executive Leadership Group are committed to making sure the Ararat Rural City Council is the best possible place for all of us and our families to live, work & play.