CEO & Executive

Chief Executive Officer 

Dr Tim Harrison commenced as Chief Executive Officer of Ararat Rural City Council on October 1, 2018.  

TIm comes to the CEO role at Ararat Rural City Council after a diverse career. Previous jobs have included senior roles in local government in Victoria and Queensland, developing social enterprise organisations in the community sector, as well as leadership, research and engagement roles in higher education. Tim’s local government experience includes senior roles in engineering, service delivery and corporate strategy.

Tim holds a qualification in engineering, a Master of Business Administration and a doctorate where he explored relationships between social policy and community engagement. He is the author of government-funded reports on regional social service delivery and regional population dispersal and he has undertaken significant economic development projects in regional communities. Tim established the Regional Incubator for Social and Economic Research (RISER) and remains passionate about working with communities throughout rural and regional Victoria.

Tim enjoys life in rural Victoria and is very much a regional person having grown up in rural Queensland, the Wimmera and Ballarat, and spend almost all of his working life in rural and regional Australia. In his spare time, Tim is a Rugby Union tragic, having played and coached the game over the years, although he has a very soft spot for the Western Bulldogs and gets to their games whenever he can. He enjoys fishing and spending time in the bush. 

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.

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.