City of Greater Geelong Chief Executive Officer Martin Cutter has announced he will step down from his role at the end of September 2022.
Martin started as the City’s CEO on 4 June 2018 following a successful executive career across the public and private sectors, including over 18 years in Local Government.
Under Martin’s leadership, the City has undergone a significant positive transformation and has delivered a range of community and business initiatives to support our region throughout the pandemic and during this current period of unprecedented population growth and economic development.
“I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved at the City over the past four years and my role, while complex, has been incredibly rewarding,” Martin said.
“I’d like to thank and acknowledge the Councillor group, the executive leadership team, the employees and volunteers who have continually demonstrated their passion and commitment to the organisation and the community.
“I’d like to recognise the support and leadership I have received from those who have led the Council during my time as CEO, including Cr Bruce Harwood, Cr Stephanie Asher, Cr Trent Sullivan and Cr Peter Murrihy.
“I feel that now is the right time for both the organisation and for me personally to step down. I’m now in a time in my life where I can turn to focus on personal pursuits.
“I’m looking forward to spending time with my wife Fiona, our two dogs and our two boys, who are both based overseas.”
Mayor Peter Murrihy paid tribute to his work over the past four years.
“I’d like to thank Martin for his leadership and for his dedication to making the City a great place to live, work and invest,” the Mayor said.
“Martin is a respected leader and it has been a pleasure to work closely with him over the past four years due to his straightforward nature, ability to form positive working relationships and his clear communication style.
“It is fitting that Martin will welcome the organisation into our new building, Wurriki Nyal, before he ends his time at the City.
“Under Martin’s leadership and together with this Council, we were able to establish a civic precinct that not only transitions seven workplaces into one but also contributes to the revitalisation of central Geelong.
“Martin has set a clear direction for the organisation and has established a strong leadership team to support its next leader. I appreciate Martin’s extended notice to ensure we can undertake a smooth transition process.
“An executive search will begin shortly to select a new CEO. A decision will be made by Council on the outcome of this process in the coming months.”