On Friday 19 June 2020, a Panel of Administrators was appointed to the City of Whittlesea.
Victorian Premier The Hon Daniel Andrews appointed a Panel of Administrators to the City of Whittlesea on Friday 19 June 2020.
Interim Administrator Lydia Wilson was appointed Chair with Ms Peita Duncan.
Administrators carry out the role, responsibilities and functions of Councillors as set out in the Local Government Act and the Panel undertakes the role of the Council.
Administrators were appointed after the dismissal of Councillors following Parliament approving the Local Government (Whittlesea City Council) Act, which came into effect at midnight on Friday 20 March 2020.
The Panel of Administrators will remain until the October 2024 local government election.
Lydia Wilson began as Administrator on Saturday 21 March 2020. She was appointed Chair of the Panel of Administrators on Friday 19 June 2020.
Ms Wilson brings a depth of corporate governance experience to the Administrator role.
She has served on multiple not for profit, public and private sector boards and advisory committees over the past 25 years.
Her governance roles have included appointments on Ministerial Advisory Committees in relation to waterways, waste and resource recovery.
Other board governance appointments have been in the areas of procurement, aged care, childcare and health services.
She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a past Fellow of Local Government Professionals.
As a former chief executive of three Victorian municipalities - Manningham, Yarra and Macedon Ranges - Lydia has a detailed understanding of the Local Government sector and brings valuable experience to support her Administrator function.
Ms Peita Duncan is an experienced professional with skills in commercial and general management.
She has worked for a number of law firms in business development and management roles and has extensive experience in human resources, business development, business operations and recruitment support.
Ms Duncan was formerly a Non-Executive Director of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, and formerly a Non-Executive Director of the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority. She is currently the Chair of Greyhound Racing Victoria.
Council adopted a Code of Conduct for Administrators/Councillors on 2 February 2021. The purpose of the Code is to promote and reinforce the values and behaviours that guide Administrators in delivering great outcomes for the City of Whittlesea and sets out how Administrators will lead by example and promote the highest standards in the way that Council business is conducted. It also commits Administrators to champion Council’s adopted values and behaviours in pursuit of Council’s future vision.
The Code contains a pledge stating that Administrators will work in the best interests of all people who live in our municipality, who conduct business here, and those who visit. By adopting the Code, Administrators promise to adhere to the principles, values and behaviours outlined in the Code and to work diligently to deliver on our shared community vision - a Place for All.
The Code also sets out a process for addressing any breach of the standards of conduct prescribed by law.
The Gift and Benefits Policy clearly states Council’s position in relation to offers of gifts and benefits. It prohibits the acceptance of anonymous gifts valued at $500 or more and explicitly prohibits the soliciting of gifts and the acceptance of monetary gifts.
The Policy will give members of the community confidence that Council decisions are not influenced by gift offers and that decisions are based on impartial advice aimed at achieving the best outcomes for the community.
Under the Policy, Administrators are required to complete a gift declaration form whenever they are offered a gift and details of any gift offer will be recorded in a Gift Register which will be published on Council website.