General Manager and Senior Staff

General Manager - Paul BennettPaul Bennett
General Manager

Paul has made Local Government his chosen career since being engaged by Armidale City Council straight out of high school in 1987.  His career has now spanned six councils across NSW and he has held senior management positions since 2002.  He achieved a primary career objective to lead a large, progressive regional council when he joined Tamworth Regional Council in 2010 – the highlight of his career so far.

Paul has a Bachelor of Financial Administration (Accounting) and completed his MBA through the University of New England in 2013 with a major in Human Resource Management.  He is a Past President of Local Government Professionals NSW (previously Local Government Managers Association) and served three years on the National Board of that organisation.  He maintains an absolute passion for local government and the important role it has on the everyday lives of our local communities. He believes that the quality of any organisation is determined by the quality of its people, and that the attraction and retention of quality people can only be achieved through effective leadership.

Paul is married to Gail and has three children - Joe, Eliza, and Owen

Phone: (02) 6767 5555
Email: trc@tamworth.nsw.gov.au

Disclosures by Councillors and Designated Persons Return 2019-20 - Paul Bennett (PDF 299.5KB)

 

Director - Chris WeberChris Weber
Director Corporate & Governance

Chris is a born and bred local of Tamworth who returned to Tamworth in 2010 after 10 years living and working in Sydney and overseas.

Chris Joined Tamworth Regional Council in late 2010 and has held a number of roles focused on Technology, Innovation and Business Improvement since that time. Chris was appointed to the role of Director, Corporate and Governance in November 2016.
Chris is married to Carrie and they have two children who are schooled locally and who Chris is keen to have a country upbringing.

Chris holds a formal qualifications in Business Management and Applied Finance and moves into the role of Director, Corporate and Governance with over 10 years’ experience in the investment banking industry and 6 years’ experience in local government.

Chris is responsible for overseeing the corporate services that council provides including Council meetings (including business papers and minutes), Human Resources, Corporate Planning, Customer Service, Information Technology, Financial Services, Council elections, access to documents held by Council and Council’s internal audit function.

Phone: (02) 6767 5702
Email: trc@tamworth.nsw.gov.au

Disclosures by Councillors and Designated Persons Return 2019-20 - Chris Weber (PDF 475.9KB)

 

Director - Jacqueline ONeillJacqueline O'Neill
Director Growth & Prosperity

Jacqueline O'Neill has held several senior government and commercial sector leadership roles in Transport, Tourism, Events, Diplomatic and the Utility sector within Australia and overseas.  With an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion to meet organisational outcomes for the betterment of the community, her proven track record in delivering significant innovative programs has been recognised by industry specialists and associations.

Jacqueline joined the Council in early 2021, relocating to the region with her family including two children who now attend local schools.  She holds a Master's Degree and Graduate Diploma in Marketing and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

As the Director of Growth and Prosperity, she is responsible for a diverse range of organisational divisions including Airport and Aviation Development, Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC), Entertainment Venues, Economic and Destination Development, Cultural and Community Services, and Events.

Phone: (02) 6767 5022
Email: trc@tamworth.nsw.gov.au

Disclosures by Councillors and Designated Persons Return 2019-20 - Jacqueline O'Neill (PDF 943.2KB)

 

Director - Peter ReschPeter Resch
Director Regional Services

Peter joined Tamworth Regional Council in 1988, after moving from the former Yallaroi Shire Council.  Peter completed his Master of Engineering while at Council and has held several positions such as Manager Waste Services and Manager Parks and Gardens before being appointed as the Director Regional Services in 2005. 

The Regional Services Directorate employs over 200 staff is responsible for the delivery of a wide range of services to our community, such as civil construction, roads maintenance (over 3,000km of roads), parks and sporting fields, asset management and planning of transport infrastructure such as roads, bridges, stormwater drainage and other road related infrastructure.  Under his leadership, staff in his directorate deliver close to $100 million of capital works each year and manage around $50 million in annual operational expenditure. 

Phone: (02) 6767 5003
Email: trc@tamworth.nsw.gov.au

Disclosures by Councillors and Designated Persons Return 2019-20 - Peter Resch (PDF 619.2KB)

 

Director - Bruce LoganBruce Logan
Director Water and Waste

After graduating as a civil engineer in Queensland, Bruce worked for 4 years at Moree Plains Shire Council before moving to Tamworth in 1991. Bruce held a number of roles across roads and drainage, and water and wastewater areas before being appointed to the Director Water Enterprises position in 2005.  In 2015 after taking on the provision of solid waste services throughout the Council the Water and Waste Directorate became responsible for ensuring water, wastewater and waste services provided by Council are sustainable, comply with legislative requirements, are provided efficiently and effectively and will meet the needs of individual communities into the future. Council’s laboratory is also located in the Water and Waste Directorate.

Bruce has a graduate diploma in Local Government Engineering and an Masters of Business Administration, is married to Dimity and they have two children, Pia and Blair who attend school locally in Tamworth. 

Phone: (02) 6767 5811
Email: trc@tamworth.nsw.gov.au

Disclosures by Councillors and Designated Persons Return 2019-20 - Bruce Logan (PDF 588.1KB)

 

Director - Gina VerekerGina Vereker
Director Planning and Compliance

Gina joined Tamworth Regional Council on 30 November 2020 in the role of Director - Planning and Compliance.  She has had an extensive career within the public sector focusing on leadership and management roles within local government across two states.  A town planner by profession, Gina has held executive Director positions with a number of local government authorities including Gympie, Wyong and Coffs Harbour Council.

Gina has tremendous planning knowledge however, beyond the broad parameters of this discipline, has applied her meta skills across engineering, environment, waste management, corporate governance, project management and economic development.

She is passionate about encouraging, motivating and educating individuals and teams to reach their potential and at times exceed their own expectations.

Gina is very much driven by the potential and ability of local government to make a positive difference to local communities.

Gina has relocated to Tamworth with her husband and 4-legged family.  She looks forward to exploring the LGA, and indulging her passion for gardening while learning about the climate and seasons of her new home.

Phone: (02) 6767 5421
Email: trc@tamworth.nsw.gov.au

Disclosures by Councillors and Designated Persons Return 2019-20 - Gina Vereker (PDF 733.8KB)

 

Executive Manager - Jason CollinsJason Collins

Executive Manager Strategy and Performance

Jason joined Council in November 2020 in the role of Executive Manager Strategy and Performance.  The role encompasses Integrated Planning and Reporting, Communications and Engagement, Executive Services, and assisting in the coordination of Council's strategic direction in achieving its Blueprint 100 Goals.

Jason has an extensive background as a leader and executive across Government, Government Corporations and the NGO sectors.  Areas of work include time with NSW Premiers Department; Emergency Management NSW; Northern Territory Police, Fire & Emergency Services; Water NSW; Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation and with both the Australian and International Federation of Red Cross.

Phone: (02) 6767 5448
Email: trc@tamworth.nsw.gov.au

Disclosures by Councillors and Designated Persons Return 2019-20 - Jason Collins (PDF 1.6MB)