Warren retired from the position of Chief Executive Officer, Stonnington City Council. A qualified Municipal Engineer with post graduate qualifications in business he was employed in Local Government for over 30 years during which time he established a broad range of industry networks and contacts.
Warren has served on both the State and National Boards of IPWEA and during this period Warren has been both State and National President where he represented Australian Public Works Engineers both Nationally and Internationally. He has also served as the Convenor of the National Works and Engineering Conference and has been actively involved with other emerging sector issues.
Warren has a keen interest in the Environment and Sustainability, Strategic Planning and also on the challenges facing the Industry and Profession with Recruitment and Retention of Staff, and in the promotion of Engineering and Local Government as a career.
Warren was appointed a Trustee in January 2007 and elected Chairman in November 2011. He is active in contributing to the promotion and ongoing sustainability of the Foundation.
The prestigeous IPWEA National Keith Wood Medal was awarded to Warren in 2013 in recognition of his outstanding service to local government engineering.
Warren was also recognised for his contribution to local government by the National Board of IPWEA and awarded Emeritus Membership on 3oth March 2017.
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Rob Mitchell, Dip CE, FIE, Aust CP Eng, AAIM
Rob has a long career in the consulting industry and a strong interest in municipal engineering. He commenced his engineering career in 1967 and was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of WBCM Group, a major engineering and planning consulting company in Victoria, in 1996. He has served as Chairman and a committee member on the national committee of Local Government Engineering for Engineers Australia. Rob was appointed as a Trustee in December 2004.
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Mark is the Director Environment & Engineering at Yarra Ranges Council, which is located east of Melbourne and covers areas of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. He has worked in local government engineering since 1984. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering, a Graduate Diploma in Municipal Engineering and Management and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mark has a commitment to the advancement of staff in Local Government through the creation of networking, skills improvement, personal development and industry development opportunities provided by industry associations. He is actively involved with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, previously holding board member roles at State (2003 – 2016, serving two years as President in 2010 and 2011) and Australasian levels (2009 – 2015). Through IPWEA Mark represented Local Government on issues relating to Road Safety, Contract Management, and Alternative Water Supply.
Mark has a commitment to the professional development of public works engineers and is a strong supporter of industry associations and the leadership they provide to the sector.
Mark was appointed a Trustee of the Foundation effective 1st January 2013.
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Geoff was the former Director Assets and City Services at Banyule City Council. As a qualified civil engineer with further post graduate qualifications in business management and municipal engineering, Geoff has over 25 years experience working in the local government industry across a broad variety of engineering functions. Geoff is now pursuing his consultancy business.
Geoff is active in the Victorian municipal engineering industry having previously held a position on the Victorian Board of IPWEA and also an active member on the IPWEA state conference committee and in organising other professional development events. Geoff has a keen interest in improving industry collaboration and in improving professional development of public works engineering across the sector. Geoff was awarded the prestigious MEFV Award for Excellence in Engineering (the Cedric Tuxen Medal) in May 2019.
Geoff was appointed a Trustee of the Foundation effective 1st August 2014.
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Until recently Vicki was the Manager Engineering Services at Greater Geelong City Council. In March 2021 she was appointed as the Manager Asset Services at Golden Plains Shire Council. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering, completed an MBA Technology Management and Post Graduate in Municipal Engineering and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Vicki has over 33 years’ experience working in the local government industry across a broad variety of engineering functions.
Vicki is actively involved with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, currently holding board member roles at State (2008 – current, serving one year as President in 2012/13) and board member at Australasian level (2019).
Vicki received the 2008 Municipal Engineering Foundation Vic Overseas Study Award and was awarded the IPWEA Victoria Professional Engineer of the Year in 2017 and IPWEA Australasia Public Works Leadership medal in 2017. Vicki was recently also recognised as a Fellow of Engineers Australia in October 2019.
Vicki has a commitment to the professional development of public works engineers and is a strong supporter of women in the engineering profession.
Vicki was appointed a Trustee of the Foundation effective 1st January 2020.
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Steven is the Director Infrastructure at Whitehorse City Council. He holds a civil engineering degree and a graduate diploma in management. He commenced his local government career in 1991 and has held senior management positions across a number of organisations since 1998. During this time he has been responsible for leading a wide range of municipal services and projects.
Steven has served on the Board of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Victoria (IPWEA Vic) and has been on the organising committee for the National Works and Engineering Conference convened by Municipal Works Australia and IPWEA Vic since 2002. He is an active participant and contributor to sector organisations and events with the aim of providing learning, development and career advancement opportunities to engineers working in the municipal sector. He holds Fellow membership of IPWEA.
Steven was appointed a Trustee of the Foundation effective 24th May 2021.
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In December 2013 Merv retired as the Director of Operations at the National Office of Local Government Managers Australia in Melbourne. He now works from his home consulting part time as a finance officer.
Since 1989, he worked with LGMA (Vic Division) and on amalgamation of the Victorian Divisions of IMM, IMEA and VMCSA in 1996 was engaged as the Office Manager / Deputy Executive Director before commencing employment with the LGMA (IMM) National Office in 1997. Merv also became Secretary of the Foundation in November 1996 and continues in that role.
Prior to 1989, Merv had an extensive military career including active service in Vietnam. On resigning from the Army he held the rank of Major.
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Trustees and Officers of the Foundation
Three eminent Municipal Engineers were invited to be the first Trustees of the Foundation and they were Cedric Tuxen, City Engineer, City of Brighton (Chairman); John Knee, City Engineer, City of Melbourne; and Len Cheffers, City Engineer, City of Camberwell. The roles and tenure of the Trustees are shown below.
Cedric Tuxen, City Engineer, City of Brighton April 1966 – October 1976
John Knee, City Engineer, City of Melbourne April 1966 – May 1973
Len Cheffers, City Engineer, City of Camberwell April 1966 – June 1987
Keith Wood, Shire Engineer, Shire of Whittlesea June 1971 – October 2011
Alan Robertson, City Engineer, City of Ringwood July 1973 – December 1994
John Macklin, City Engineer, City of Wangaratta June 1973 – May 1981
Peter James, City Engineer, City of Colac December 1976 – August 1988
Robin Nuttall, City Engineer, City of Ballaarat July 1981 – December 2006
John Nichol, Shire Engineer, Shire of Werribee August 1987 – December 2004
John McKenzie, Shire Engineer, Shire of Ararat November 1988 – December 2003
Robert Ward, Manager Physical Services,
Mornington Peninsula Shire January 1995 – December 2012
Claude Cullino, Director City Development,
City of Manningham/MECC Consulting January 2004 – December 2020
Robert Mitchell, Managing Director,
WBCM Pty. Ltd/Retired – January 2005 –
Warren Roberts, former Chief Executive Officer,
City of Stonnington/Retired – January 2007 –
David Powell, Director Environment &
Infrastructure, City of Boroondara January 2012 – August 2013
Mark Varmalis, Director Environment &
Engineering, Yarra Ranges Shire Council January 2013 –
Geoff Glynn, Director Assets and City Services,
Banyule City Council/Consultant – August 2014 –
Vicki Shelton, Manager Asset Services,
Golden Plains Shire Council – January 2020 –
Steven White, Director Infrastructure,
Whitehorse City Council – May 2021 –
Cedric Tuxen April 1966 – February 1972
Len Cheffers February 1972 – September 1983
Peter James September 1983 – August 1988
Alan Robertson November 1988 – December 1994
Robin Nuttall February 1995 – December 2006
Keith Wood February 2007 – October 2011
Warren Roberts November 2011 –
Cyril Lowenstern, City Engineer April 1966 – October 1971
Bob Keogh, Keogh Wood & Assoc . February 1972 – July 1981
Barbara Fraser, WBCM Consultants July 1981 – May 1995
Merv Paton (seconded from ALAIS) May 1995- November 1996
Merv Paton November 1996 –