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Organisational structure

Our purpose:

"We exist to create extraordinary places, thriving communities, better futures."

Find out more about our leaders, the areas they oversee and our organisation chart (see below).

Mick Cummins
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Graduate Diploma in Management

Mick was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in July 2018, having held the position of Director Corporate Services since commencing at Bayside City Council in June 2012. Prior to this, he was General Manager Corporate Services at Frankston City Council. Mick has extensive experience across all facets of local government and, in particular, in the areas of finance, governance, organisational development, customer service and community services.

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Jill Colson
  • Master of Training and Development
  • Graduate Diploma Human Resources and Industrial Relations
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

Jill joined Bayside as Director Corporate Services in November 2018 having worked in both public and private sectors over her career. With over 20 years experience in local government, she is passionate about building a positive and engaged organisational culture, in support of delivering community outcomes. She has extensive experience across the areas of organisational transformation, people and culture, risk, governance and corporate strategy.

Areas of responsibility:

Commercial Services
Financial Services
Governance and Reporting
Information Technology
Internal/External Auditing
Project Management

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Mark Varmalis
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil)
  • Graduate Diploma Municipal Engineering and Management
  • Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors

Mark is the Director Environment, Recreation and Infrastructure and commenced with Bayside in September 2022. Prior to this, he held senior executive roles in local government and has more than 38 years’ experience in the sector. Mark has extensive experience in the areas of infrastructure planning, delivery and maintenance, facilities management, recreation and open space service provision, natural environment, sustainability, waste management and emergency management.

He also has a strong commitment for the advancement of staff in local government through the creation of networking, skills improvement and professional development. He is actively involved with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, previously holding board member roles at State and Australasian levels and is currently a trustee with the Municipal Engineering Foundation Victoria

Areas of responsibility

Environmental Sustainability Strategy and Programs
Recycling and Waste Services
Traffic Management and Integrated Transport Planning
Recreation and Events Open Space and Foreshore Management and Maintenance
Community Wellbeing
Infrastructure Management and Maintenance
Capital Project Management and Delivery

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Matthew Cripps
  • Graduate Certificate Business Administration
  • Master of Social Science (Environment & Planning)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Urban Studies)
  • Registered Planner

Matthew was appointed Director City Planning & Amenity in August 2021, having held the position of Manager Development Services since commencing at Bayside City Council in 2018. Prior to this, he was the Director Planning & Economic Development at Baw Baw Shire Council. Matthew has 25 years’ experience in local government in the areas of land use and development, sustainability and environment, economic development, business and change management.

Areas of responsibility:

  • Asset Protection
  • Animal Management
  • Building
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Health
  • Local Laws & Investigations
  • Statutory and Strategic Planning
Tilla Budan
  • Master of Business (Arts & Cultural Management)
  • Graduate Certificate Arts & Cultural Strategy
  • Bachelor of Arts (Community Development)

Tilla was appointed Director Community & Customer Experience in August 2022.  Prior to this she was leading a similar portfolio with the City of Greater Dandenong, where she had also held the position of Manager Community Arts, Culture & Library Services. Tilla has over 10 years’ experience as a senior leader in local government, entering the sector via a background in community development, customer service, and the arts.

Areas of responsibility:

Arts and Culture
Customer Service
Libraries
Community Services
Communications and Engagement
Customer Experience

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Arts and culture
Libraries
Children and family
Youth
Older residents
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Rachael Bragg
  • Graduate Diploma in Management
  • Master of Leadership and Management (Organisational Dynamics) – currently completing
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Graduate

Rachael joined Bayside as the Executive Manager People and Strategy in January 2022 with 10 years’ experience in Local Government. Prior to joining Bayside Rachael was the Director Organisational Development and Learning at WorkSafe. Rachael has extensive experience across the areas of people and culture, diversity, equity and inclusion, whole of organisational strategy and change.

Areas of responsibility:

People and Capability
Learning and Growth
Payroll
Improvement and Change Management
Service Planning and Reviews
Organisational Strategy

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Our vision and values

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Our organisation chart

Organisation chart detailed under 'accessible version of organisation chart'.

Reporting to the CEO

Corporate Services

  • Finance
  • Commercial Services
  • Governance    
  • Information Technology
  • Enterprise Project Management Office

Community & Customer Experience

  • Community Services    
  • Customer & Cultural Services
  • Customer Experience
  • Communications and Engagement

City Planning & Amenity

  • Development Services 
  • Urban Strategy
  • Amenity Protection  

Environment, Recreation & Infrastructure

  • Open Space, Recreation & Wellbeing
  • Sustainability & Transport
  • Project Services  
  • City Assets and Presentation

People and Strategy