New General Manager

DebraJustWilloughby City has appointed highly experienced local government professional, Debra Just to the role of General Manager at Willoughby City Council.  The unanimous decision was made by Willoughby City Councillors following a rigorous recruitment process with more than 75 applicants.

“Debra is a perfect fit for Willoughby Council bringing a wealth of experience spanning Local Government, State Government and educational environments to Willoughby,” said Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney.

“Debra has a well-established local government career with key positions including General Manager Strategy and Policy, City of Onkaparinga, South Australia (South Australia’s most populous council with more than 200,000 residents) and General Manager, City Strategy and Design for the City of Adelaide.

“Her illustrious local government experience has included leadership roles across a breadth of portfolios with significant expertise in city planning, development assessment, parks and open space, natural environment, sustainability, economic development, governance and organisational leadership. This experience is sure to build on the existing knowledge and culture of Willoughby.

“Debra’s recent role of General Manager, Urban and Portfolio Planning for RenewalSA will bring expertise in areas of affordable housing, urban design, social planning and sustainability to Willoughby.

“We are delighted to appoint Debra in this role.  Together we will continue to work very closely with our community, continue with our existing strategies and policies for the City and ensure Willoughby is a dynamic and highly functional government body.

Debra will commence her appointment at Willoughby City Council on 2 February 2015.

Debra Just’s portfolio includes:

Member of the Board

Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board

2006 – Present

General Manager Urban & Portfolio Planning

Renewal SA

2012 – 2014

General Manager, City Strategy and Design

City of Adelaide

2007 – 2012

Member of the Board

Southern Region Waste Resource Authority

2003 – 2007

General Manager, Strategy & Policy

City of Onkaparinga

1997 – 2007

Member of the Board

Onkaparinga Catchment Water Management Board

2002 – 2006


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