Business

Council recruiting for a CEO after Roach resigns

Southern Downs Regional Council CEO has resigned, ready to start his position as the Ipswich City Council chief financial officer next month.
Southern Downs Regional Council CEO has resigned, ready to start his position as the Ipswich City Council chief financial officer next month.

SOUTHERN Downs Regional Council will soon start recruiting for the top job, after CEO Andrew Roach resigned yesterday.

Mr Roach will start his new role as Chief Financial Officer for the Ipswich City Council next month, alongside Warwick alumni Jim Lindsay.

Mr Roach said he had enjoyed his time leading the Southern Downs council.

"It's provided some great challenges and I've had some rewarding experiences in my time here," he said.

"There have been a number of significant changes we've implemented in the two-year period.

"A few that stand out include the restructure, saving ratepayers $1.3 million.

"Another is developing our one-council philosophy, bringing together the (Warwick and Stanthorpe) regions when they were quite separate prior to my arrival."

However, executing these changes proved tough, with Mr Roach coming under fire several times throughout his two years in the CEO chair.

The first challenge he faced was the organisational restructure of the council, in which several positions were made redundant.

Then earlier this year several councillors claimed Mr Roach had too much power and he was forced to hit back and explain he was only doing his job.

Despite this, Mr Roach said one of the things he will miss most was the people of the Southern Downs region.

"I have made many good friends here and will miss that daily interaction that I've had across the community but I'm heading on to a more significant role at the Ipswich City Council."

Though he could not expand on what challenges and duties he will face as Chief Financial Officer of Ipswich council, Mr Roach said he was looking forward to working with their new CEO Jim Lindsay, who took on the top job in May.

Mr Lindsay is no stranger to the Southern Downs region as well, having been the former Director of Finance and Corporate Services of the Warwick Shire Council for eight years and assistant general manager of the Warwick Credit Union for three.

Mr Lindsay is also a current Warwick Credit Union company director and chairman of the audit committee.

"I'm certainly looking forward to the challenges of a much larger council and working with the CEO on a great number of business challenges," Mr Roach said.

Southern Downs mayor Peter Blundell said he was impressed with the work Mr Roach achieved while with the council.

"The CEO has had significant challenges with SDRC being on the Auditor-General's financial watch list," he said. "However, we now have a budget in surplus and stronger procedures around budget builds.

"A lot of activity has occurred in the advocacy space and I feel there is still room to improve.

"In the CEO's time there have been a number of issues in the region advanced with both State and Federal Governments including regional airports, funding programs and changes in legislation affecting local government."

Cr Blundell said the CEO's push to encourage the One Team philosophy was a step in the right direction.

"I believe there have been good advances in this area, again with more work to go given this type of change usually comes slowly," he said. "In Economic Development the CEO has been very proactive and created the position of Manager Planning and Development within council's senior leadership team.

"This position has meant both directorates (planning and economic development) work well together, improving processes and realising opportunities."

Cr Blundell said Mr Roach had established regular meetings with directors and the senior managers as well as internal communications.

"The CEO felt strongly about communicating with our local communities establishing the council news page in local media, implementing community engagement tools; such as Bang the Table, the SDRC (smartphone) app and the customer service computer systems," he said.

Cr Blundell wished Mr Roach the best of luck in his new role as Ipswich City Council CFO.

The council will meet later this week to discuss the process of recruitment of a new CEO. In the meantime director of business and community services David Tuxford will be acting CEO.

Topics:  andrew roach, ceo, southern downs regional council




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

3 easy dinner recipes your kids will love, and so will you

No Caption

THERE is a middle ground! Dinners fit for kids and adults.

How to reduce your child's risk of food allergies

ABOUT 90% of food allergies are caused by just seven foods.

5 good mental health habits for kids (and parents)

CRYING OUT FOR HELP: The demand for counselling support for children and young people is increasing.

FORMING good habits early is critical for your child's mental health.

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Susie O'Neill: Why I stopped smacking my children

Swimming legend Susie O'Neill says she has stopped smacking her kids.

“I (smacked) because that’s what I knew growing up."

Introducing a step-parent into the family

Introducing a step-parent into the family can be stressful for the children, as well as the new parent.

THERE is no easy way to introduce a step parent into the family.

Choir to light up Robert Channon Wines in song

LUMINESCENCE: Canticum Chamber Choir will perform at Robert Channon Wines this weekend.

Choir celebrating 21st anniversary in concert at winery

'Cynical, deceitful' hospital chief jailed for fraud

Veronica Chung is led away by police following her sentencing.

Woman trembled as she was sent to jail for fraud

Latest deals and offers

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

Rockhampton property in a lull, but a change is coming

Rockhampton's housing market in "pre-election mode"