Thursday, February 22, 2024

New CEO for Bass Coast Shire

Bass Coast Shire Council today voted to appoint Greg Box as the Council’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Box is currently Council’s General Manager of Partnerships, Economy and Culture and has worked at the Council for nearly three years.

His local government career spans close to 30 years, and includes leadership roles at Yarra Ranges Council and the City of Greater Dandenong Council.

Mr Box will begin his new role on 29 January. He replaces former CEO, Ali Wastie, who departed in July.

Mayor, Clare Le Serve thanked General Managers, Jodi Kennedy and James Stirton, who have shared the Acting CEO role with Mr Box this year.

Mayor Le Serve said Mr Box had impressed the recruitment committee with his passion and innovative ideas to grow the Bass Coast economy.

“The recruitment process attracted a field of high-quality candidates. A short list was then put forward to Councillors for formal interviews and the preferred candidate progressed to reference checks and testing. Councillors then voted to endorse the outstanding candidate to help lead the team into the future,’’ she said.

Mr Box joined Bass Coast Shire Council in 2020 and his most recent areas of responsibility have been Communications, Advocacy and Engagement, Economic Development, Customer and Visitor Experience, Business and Industry Development, Events, and Arts Culture and Heritage. He is also a Board member of Destination Phillip Island Regional Tourism and Destination Gippsland.

Mr Box said it was a privilege to serve the Bass Coast community.

“Council must play a critical, leading role in the region to improve the lives of all residents, but first we must ensure top class delivery of all basic services,’’ he said.

“Bass Coast has done a fantastic job in recent years in attracting more people to live and work, as well as growing our critical visitor economy. We will continue that growth through innovation and strong leadership.

“I am also passionate and driven about the essential role culture plays in our lives and Council will continue to celebrate our thriving culture that makes the region such a great place to live.”

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