CEO and General Managers of Council



Chief Executive Officer - Mark Johnston

As Chief Executive Officer of Central Goldfields Shire, Mark Johnston leads an organisation focussed on customer service; community participation; financial and strategic management; and value-for-money services.

Central Goldfields is a community addressing the challenges of achieving real community renewal. Mark has played a key role in the development of the Maryborough Community Education Precinct (a model based on a lifelong learning philosophy); major economic and community development projects; and the development of a whole-of-community response to achieve social and economic change.

He joined Central Goldfields Shire as its first CEO in 1995 - intially overseeing an amalgamation process to bring four former municipalities together to form the new entity.

Prior to that, Mark was the CEO of the former Shire of East Loddon which followed the completion of the Bachelor of Business (Local Government) qualification, with Distinction, receiving in addition the Municipal Association of Victoria's John D. Fagan Award "in recognition of outstanding academic performance."

Heavily involved in local community organisations and activities he was also Chair of the Bendigo Football League Board of Management in 2003-04 and since 2006 has been a Director on the Board of the Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE.



General Manager Corporate and Community Services - Venkat Peteti

Venkat Peteti joined Central Goldfields Shire Council in April 2017 as the General Manager Corporate and Community Services.




General Manager Technical Services - David Sutcliffe 

David Sutcliffe commenced the General Manager role at Central Goldfields Shire Council in April 2009.

David is originally from Mildura and completed his degree in Engineering at Ballarat University before moving to Melbourne to work as a professional engineer.  His first job as a professional engineer was with the Ministry of Housing, followed by two municipalities of Bayside Council and the City of Casey.

In 1995 David stepped into something completely different - owning and operating a computer retail business.  He then returned to engineering as the Victorian Director of a South Australian/Victorian consultancy in 2002. The consultancy specialised in waste water treatment for small communities, land development and design and support services for local government.  He returned to local government in 2006 at Baw Baw Shire and from there moved to Central Goldfields Shire.



General Manager Go Goldfields – Sharon Fraser

Sharon Fraser began her role at Central Goldfields Shire Council in November 2011. Sharon was appointed to oversee the State funded Go Goldfields project – a landmark community initiative that targets the needs of children, young people and families throughout the shire and tackles social disadvantage.

Prior to joining Council, Sharon held roles as Project Manager for major regional organisations such as Bendigo Health, the Department of Human Services and the Maryborough District Health Service.

Sharon possesses contemporary management skills and style-relevant senior management experience. She has sound knowledge of best practice considerations on community and human services relevant to the role; as well as extensive experience in managing complex relationships across service settings.

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