Our Executive Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer - Melinda Prinsloo

Starting Date:

October 2022


  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Diploma of Information Technology (DipIT).

Melinda has 29 years’ experience in State and Local Governments, mainly in Strategy and Corporate Services. Started at the Shire of Chittering in January 2020 as the Executive Manager Corporate Services and was appointed as CEO from February 2023.

  • Governance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Corporate Performance
  • Human Resources
  • Council Member Support
  • CEO Administrative Functions
Deputy Chief Executive Officer - Scott Clayton

Starting date:

July 2023


  • Bachelor of Business (ECU)

Scott has 27 years Local Government experience, 22 of those in supervisory roles and 13 in senior management positions. Scott's experience is in the finance, administration, community development and corporate services.

  • Corporate Service
  • Financial Management
  • Economic and Tourism Development
  • Community Development
  • Library Services
  • Customer Services
Executive Manager Development Services - Jake Whistler

Starting date:

January 2023


  • Bachelor of Science (Curtin University)
  • Graduate Diploma Urban and Regional Planning (University of New England)

Jake has been in local government for 14 years in town planning roles and was appointed the Executive Manager Development Services in April 2023 after acting in the role for 3 months.

  • Planning
  • Building
  • Health
  • Rangers
  • Fire Mitigation
Executive Manager Technical Services - Leo Pudhota

Starting date:

April 2022


  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering
  • Master of Information Technology (University of Newcastle).

Leo has more than 27 years’ experience in leadership roles and significant experience within local government across many disciplines. These include Roads, Buildings, Parks and Waste services.

  • Assets Maintenance: Footpaths, Drainage, Trees, Roads, Signage.
  • Subdivisions
  • Infrastructure Construction
  • Capital Works
  • Parks and Conservation
  • Management
  • Strategic Asset Management
  • Traffic Services
  • Waste Services