Council Staff

Council employs an experienced and diverse team. The day to day running of the Shire is the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer, who, along with Directors and staff, act on the Council's decisions by developing and putting into practice the Council policies and resolutions.

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Cloncurry Shire Council's Executive Management Team

Chief Executive Officer | Philip Keirle

Philip has more than 9 years of experience working in executive roles in local government, including 5 years as Chief Executive Officer in both Burke and Cloncurry. Phil started at Cloncurry Shire Council in March 2021 and has strived to continually improve efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery across the organisation. He hopes, in his time with Cloncurry Shire Council, to address as many legacy issues as possible and contribute to the delivery of priority projects and initiatives for the shire and wider North West Queensland region. When Phil is not at work, he can be found walking, hiking and riding around Cloncurry with his family. He enjoys exploring the local landscape and being part of community events.

Director of Corporate Services | Gary Pemberton

Gary was appointed as Council’s Director of Corporate Services in June 2022. He has a background in Public Accounting (Local Government Audit) and has worked in various Local Government roles across Queensland and the Northern Territory. Gary is looking forward to contributing to the Cloncurry Shire Council. Gary and his much-loved dog Frank are excited to get out and explore Cloncurry, which is the biggest town they’ve lived in the last 6 years.

Director of Infrastructure & Environment | Chris Johnstone

Chris started with Cloncurry Shire Council in 2021 as Director of Infrastructure and Environment. Chris has 25 years of experience working in consulting and local government; most recently working in Mount Isa and Balonne Shires which has helped him understand the need for consistent service delivery in remote areas. Working with the Infrastructure and Environment team, Chris hopes to improve the work environment and increase workers’ skills base to create a more sustainable workforce. A stronger workforce will help contribute to improvements in water and sewerage networks and treatment, efficient water usage, road safety, and animal control and welfare. Though Chris spends a lot of time outdoors at work, his time away from work is also spent outdoors. He enjoys birdwatching and exploring the outback.

Director of Projects | Simon Humphreys

Simon has been leading the Cloncurry Shire Council Project Team since 2020. He has over 20 years’ experience in leading geographically dispersed, multi-disciplinary project teams and has successfully delivered complex projects (<$50M) in dynamic environments. Simon is driven to create best practice project delivery within Cloncurry Shire Council’s Capital Works program and project environment. He is aiming to provide accountability and community visibility for Council’s project portfolio. In doing this, Simon wants to support Council staff using the best project management delivery frameworks to support sustainable, efficient and effective delivery of projects. Simon enjoys discovering what the Cloncurry region has to offer and relaxing with his family and friends.

Director of Community Services | Jessica Greenaway 

Jessica joined Cloncurry Shire Council in 2022. Dedicating her career to Local Government for over a decade, she has worked across three states and territories, developing strong industry networks and unique insight into Local Government operations Australia-wide. Jessica is looking forward to leading her team to achieve and exceed operational targets, enhance strategic performance, and maximise efficiency. She is committed to providing quality and sustainable services to the community through a customer-centric approach and working collaboratively with elected members and her community. When not at work, this self-declared Footy Mum can often be found on the sideline of her local football field or out exploring Outback Queensland with her family.