WA’s City of Melville Council has appointed Gail Bowman as its new Chief Executive Officer following an Australia-wide recruitment process which saw 59 applicants compete for the role.
Ms Bowman will be the City of Melville’s first female CEO, when incumbent Marten Tieleman finishes his five-year term in November.
Mayor, George Gear JP welcomed and congratulated Ms Bowman on her appointment.
“I am pleased to welcome Gail to the new role as she is strongly committed to working closely and positively with Council to ensure we get the best outcomes for our community,” said Mayor Gear.
“Gail also demonstrates significant experience in ensuring there is strategic alignment between Council priorities and the work that the organisation is undertaking.
“It is also important to acknowledge that while the City of Melville has had female Mayors in the past, and currently has a majority of women serving on Council, Gail will be the City’s first ever female CEO, which is something to celebrate, and one could also argue is about time.
“We look forward to working with Gail and her team to help deliver the City’s vision to engage with our diverse community to achieve an inclusive, vibrant and sustainable future.”
Ms Bowman said she looked forward to leading the organisation and staff to work collaboratively with the community and Council to achieve its vision and priorities.
“I’m passionate about Council-led strategic planning and alignment, engaging with and understanding our community’s priorities while also delivering good governance,” said Ms Bowman.
“I also want to ensure high performance in the delivery of excellent customer and community-centric services and facilities that meet the needs of our diverse Melville community.
“I will bring an empathetic and authentic leadership style to the role as CEO and strive to embody our values of excellence, participation, integrity and caring.”