ARARAT Rural City councillors have appointed Allan Bawden as chief executive for a 12-month fixed term.
Mr Bawden comes to the role with experience as a chief executive and non-executive director in both the municipal government and not-for-profit sectors.
Mr Bawden will commence his role as the new chief executive at Ararat Rural City Council on October 2.
His municipal career has spanned four decades involving senior executive appointments including in the Latrobe Valley, Bass Coast and inner Melbourne.
Mr Bawden’s most recent role was serving as a non-executive director, consulting to governing bodies on strategy and governance, pursuing his interest in primary production and mentoring young professionals.
He holds a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2014 for outstanding public service to the Bass Coast and the Gippsland regions.