Organisational Structure

Charters Towers Regional Council has adopted a high-level organisational structure that consists of a Chief Executive Officer who is supported by a Director, three Executive Managers and a Management Leadership Team.

The Chief Executive Officer and other members of the Executive Leadership Team partner with staff and Councillors to deliver expected outcomes to the community.

Council's organisational structure is designed to support the achievement of Council's vision and key objectives. Reviews of the organisational structure ensure the optimal deployment of resources to deliver identified corporate priorities.

Organisational Structure

Executive Leadership Team

Council's Executive Leadership Team (ELT) is comprised of the following personnel:

  • Martin DrydaleMartin Drydale is Council’s Chief Executive Officer and was appointed to the position in July 2022.

    Martin is an experienced local government professional with 40 years’ experience in both UK and Australian local government and the private sector. His background is in strategic executive and financial management with prior roles in corporate services, infrastructure delivery and maintenance, planning and development, and information technology systems implementation.

    Martin’s role as CEO at Council is to provide strategic leadership and direction to its staff, volunteers, and contractors, and ensure that the community’s aims and objectives as outlined in Council’s Corporate Plan are implemented effectively and efficiently.

    Martin is also directly responsible for:

    • Mayor and Councillor Support
    • Governance and Compliance
    • Media and Communications
    • Executive Support Services
    • Advocacy and Lobbying
  • Brett ParsonsBrett Parsons is the Director Infrastructure Services Brett joined Charters Towers Region Council in October 2022.

    He has over 40 years’ experience in developing and managing municipal infrastructure within private and public organisations.  Most recently developing and managing road, water & wastewater infrastructure, assisting local government and water authorities in the Canberra Region.

    With over 20 years in local government in NSW and the ACT Brett is currently tasked with providing direction for the Infrastructure Services teams in delivery of many of Council’s services to the community.

    As Director Infrastructure Services, Brett is responsible for managing and providing strategic direction to a number of areas including:

    • Fleet Services
    • Facilities
    • Operations
    • Water & Wastewater
    • Major Projects
  • Hayley Thompson

    Hayley Thompson is the Executive Manager Community Building and was appointed to this role in October 2022.

    Hayley has over 20 years local government experience and prior to commencing in this role she was the Manager Community Services.

    As Executive Manager Community Building, Hayley is responsible for providing strategic direction to a number of areas including:

    • Planning and Development
    • Tourism, Trade and Investment
    • World Theatre Operations
    • Library Operations
    • Tourism and Events
    • Customer Service and Records
  • Alysha Gallo

    Alysha Gallo joined Charters Towers Regional Council in 2020 and is the Executive Manager Human Resources.

    Having worked in the Queensland local government and private sectors including small to medium businesses and multinational companies, Alysha’s background is a human resources generalist specialising in industrial relations.

    Alysha is responsible for managing and setting the strategic direction of various human resources functions including:

    • Recruitment
    • Payroll
    • Industrial Relations  
    • Learning and Development
  • Debbie Wilson

    Debbie Wilson is the Executive Manager – Organisational Services at Charters Towers Regional Council and was appointed to this role in October 2022.

    Prior to commencing with the Council, Debbie held the role of Chief Financial Officer at CheckUP Australia, a not-for-profit health promotion charity, based in Brisbane from 2015-2021.

    Debbie has also held a range of roles in chartered practice, disability, and energy sectors.

    As Executive Manager – Organisational Services, Debbie is responsible for managing and providing strategic direction to a number of areas including:

    • Finance, Rating & Procurement
    • Technology
    • Work, Health Safety & Risk
    • Project Management Office (PMO)