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MEDIA RELEASE - West Arnhem Regional Council Appoints Community Focused Chief Executive Officer – Andrew Walsh

02 February 2024

West Arnhem Regional Council is pleased to announce Andrew Walsh as their incoming Chief Executive Officer. With a notable career across multiple levels and sectors, Andrew joins the Council with a wealth of experience and a profound dedication to enhancing community well-being. His appointment marks a promising new chapter in West Arnhem Regional Council’s mission to foster regional prosperity and development.


"I am honoured to step into the role of Chief Executive Officer for West Arnhem Regional Council. Having served in East Arnhem for the past decade, I am truly humbled by the opportunity to now serve the people of West Arnhem. I am confident that my bold passion for Local Government, Community, and Operational Excellence succinctly aligns with Council's vision for Stronger Communities," said Andrew.


In his most recent role as Director of Community Development for the East Arnhem Regional Council, Andrew held a pivotal role in achieving outstanding regional outcomes through staff and program development. Andrew is an authentic leader and has a strong history of fostering a workplace culture where staff feel valued and engaged, prioritising delivery across the region, and ensuring the vibrant Communities continue to thrive. Andrew's commitment to service delivery is further highlighted by his Masters-level tertiary qualifications, blending academic principles with practical experience to lead the Council towards a future of sustainability, innovation, and enhanced Community leadership.


Mayor Matthew Ryan and the Councillors of West Arnhem Regional Council have extended a warm welcome to Andrew as the new Chief Executive. "Andrew’s appointment marks an exciting time for West Arnhem Regional Council. His dedication to the well-being of the Communities, strategic management skills, and innovative leadership make him the ideal choice to guide the Council forward," said Mayor Ryan.


Andrew will commence in this role on the 4th of March. Andrew a firm believer in visible and transparent leadership will be actively visiting the Communities in the coming weeks to meet with staff, residents and stakeholders and commence work towards Council’s strategic priorities.


Please join us in welcoming Andrew as he embarks on this exciting journey with West Arnhem Regional Council.