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Our Executive Team

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Glenn Patterson

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Glenn brings a wealth of experience to Casey, having completed more than 30 years' senior leadership experience before becoming the City of Casey CEO in September 2018.

His achievements leading Local Government is extensive, having previously been CEO of Yarra Ranges Council for 10 years as well as CEO of both Baw Baw and Colac Otway Councils.

Glenn has earned a Bachelor of Business (RMIT), Master of Business (RMIT), Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, Institute of Executive Coaching and is a Leadership Level 2 accredited organisation coach. 

In addition, Glenn has been CEO of a Melbourne-based property development group and owned and operated his own property-related business on the Mornington Peninsula. 

Glenn is also a board member of Procurement Australia, a Director of the Casey Cardinia Foundation Ltd and a member of the Resilient Melbourne Strategy Steering Group.

  • Manager Strategy Innovation and Transformation – Marion Greig

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Steve Coldham

Director Community Life

With a career spanning more than 15 years in Local and State Government, Steve has earned a reputation of being passionate about delivering positive community outcomes. He has led programs that improve the health, wellbeing and safety outcomes of communities for the Stonnington, Hobsons Bay and Casey councils as well as Transport Safety Victoria. 

Prior to his work in community and human services, Steve was a communications practitioner with experience in media, engagement, advocacy and digital communications. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Steve is a board member of Connected Libraries.

  • Manager Child, Youth and Family – Bronwyn Saffron
  • Acting Manager Bunjil Place – Wayne Magee
  • Manager Connected Communities – Callum Pattie
  • Manager Active Communities – Angie Peresso

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James Collins

Director City Planning and Infrastructure

James is a passionate and experienced leader with a multi-disciplinary background. At the executive level he has ten years experience across both private and public sectors. He is a respected and trusted advisor with a strategic understanding of business.

James was most recently the Director Social and Economic Development at Yarra Ranges Council. Before, he held manager roles at Monash City Council and Banyule City Council. He has also spent time in senior leadership roles in the private sector in Australia and abroad.

James holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Master of Business, is a Company Directors Course graduate and has formal accreditation in Coaching, Change Management and Six Sigma. Experienced in corporate governance, he has held board roles on Parks and Leisure Australia, Outer East Primary Care, Anchor Housing/Out of Home Care and Yarra Ranges Tourism.

James is also currently on the Committee of Management for the National Growth Areas Alliance.

  • Manager City and Asset Planning – Keri New
  • Acting Manager City Design and Construction – Daniel Fokkens
  • Manager City Presentation – Mardi Cuthbert 
  • Manager Growth and Investment – Kathryn Seirlis
  • Manager Planning and Building –  Tania Asper
  • Manager Sustainability and Waste – Michael Jansen

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Jen Bednar

Director Customer and Corporate Services

Jen is a customer-focused business transformation leader with a passion for driving sustainable operational improvements that have a real customer impact. 

With more than 10 years' government experience, Jen has been at the forefront of innovative thinking, contemporary process design and continuous improvement to reshape the way Local Government places the customer at the heart of its operations. 

Prior to her Local Government roles, Jen earned international experience in offshoring contact centre operations and leading the customer and operational aspects of significant IT platform transition with Diners Club. 

Jen was also a Consultant in Change Leadership for Deloitte Consulting. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Organisational Psychology), Jen holds an accreditation in Change Management, Project Management and Workplace Training.

Jen is currently a Board Member for LG Pro Victoria, LG Professionals Australia and a representative on the state-initiated Gender Equality Advisory Committee. The Committee is focused on driving a new approach to gender equality in the local government sector and helping bring to life the implementation of the Australian-first Gender Equality Act across local government.

  • Manager Customer and Digital – Donna Russ
  • Chief Information Officer – Clint Allsop
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Simone Wickes
  • Manager Communications and Corporate Governance – Chloe Casey 
  • Manager People and Culture – Vicki Blackman

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