Southern Downs Regional Council will welcome two new Directors to the organisation in November. Two candidates have been offered and will be taking up the roles of Director Sustainable Development and Director Infrastructure Services.

The new Director of Sustainable Development Jane Stroud has previously been employed at Logan City Council in the roles of Director Innovation and City Transformation, Manager Office of the Mayor and Chief Executive, Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Customer Services Stream, and Manager Community Services. Jane has also been employed as Manager Library Services at Moreton Bay Regional Council, Community Planning Coordinator at Caboolture Shire Council, Team Leader Major Projects and Social Planning at Maroochy Shire. She holds qualifications in Planning, Management and Business and has completed the Institute of Company Directors Course.

The new Director of Infrastructure will be Graham O’Byrne. For the past three years Graham has been the General Manager at Cairns Regional Council where he managed 250 staff and a budget of $150 million. Prior to this role Graham has worked in the private sector as the National Operations Manager for WENGFU Australia, as the Chief Executive Officer of Spectran and in other roles for Jemena, Impact Fertilizers, Hydro Tasmania, Ionik Consultation and Johnstone, McGee and Gandy. Graham has an Engineering qualification and is a fellow of the Institution of Engineers and a Chartered Professional Engineer, and has also completed Institute of Company Directors Course. Graham has 27 years in senior executive roles as either a Chief Executive Officer, Director or General Manager.

Southern Downs Regional Council stated that they welcome both Jane and Graham to the region and look forward to them commencing in these important roles in the community.

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