CEO: Brian Pidgeon
General Managers: Arun Pratap | Damian Platts | Mike Brady | Nick Hauser | Stewart Somers


Brian Pidgeon

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Brian Pidgeon has over 35 years' experience in local government, as well as extensive management experience and professional qualifications in environmental health.

Brian joined Toowoomba City Council as the Manager of Health Services before being appointed in October 1998 to the position of Director of Community and Environmental Services. Brian was the General Manager of Environment and Community Services at Toowoomba Regional Council prior to being appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2013. He leads a team of five General Managers, 27 Managers and staff across the region of approximately 1,765.

Prior to this, Brian worked at Ipswich City Council in various environmental health roles and as the Manager of Waste Services.

Brian has three grown-up children and is an avid motorsports enthusiast.

 

Arun Pratap

GENERAL MANAGER, FINANCE AND BUSINESS STRATEGY GROUP

Arun Pratap is charged with charting the financial sustainability of council.

The Finance and Business Strategy Group consists of Financial Services, Information and Communication Technology Services, People and Organisational Development, Service Improvement, Stakeholder Engagement and Communication and Customer Services branches.

Arun brings to Council a background in finance, strategic business planning and stakeholder management in government and quasi-government sectors. Most recently he was Executive General Manager Corporate and Stakeholder Management with the Queensland Bulk Water Authority. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer with the former Caboolture Shire Council.

Arun’s particular expertise is in implementing asset management systems into longer-term financial planning and service delivery.

Arun and his wife Kathy have a son.

 

Damian Platts

GENERAL MANAGER, WATER AND WASTE SERVICES

Damian has been in the utilities sector (electricity, water, sewerage, and transport) since 2005 most recently working for Power and Water Corporation in Darwin. Prior to that, he worked with Unitywater in its first year of operation in 2010 where he promoted nutrient offsets to reduce environmental harm at less cost and managed the business through its first three years of price monitoring by the Queensland Competition Authority. He has also worked with Energex as it transitioned to the Australian Energy Regulator for its 2010-15 regulatory submission.

Damian started his career in private practice in Far North Queensland, before moving to the Queensland Treasury Department in 1997 and in 1999 to Queensland Treasury Corporation where he managed multiple companies and trusts that owned assets of strategic significance such as pipelines and divestment of the State’s interests in Bank of Queensland and Suncorp/Metway.

Damian has a Degree in Business; Master of Commerce; Graduate Diploma in Tourism and is a Certified Practising Accountant. He has worked across a number of utilities to implement strategic and business planning, business improvement, tariff and economic regulatory reform, financial and asset management, credit risk management, safety and culture improvements. His passion is to deliver commercially sustainable outcomes for the community, customers and environment while mitigating risk and challenges to service delivery.

Damian enjoys fishing, camping and four-wheel driving with his wife and three children.

 

Mike Brady

GENERAL MANAGER, INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES GROUP

Mike has over 35 years of engineering, management, design and construction experience in government and the private sector. Mike holds a Bachelor of Engineering, a Masters of Local Government Management, and a Graduate Diploma of Local Government Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Most of his career has been spent in local government in New South Wales and Queensland including as senior roles with Queensland Main Roads and Brisbane City Council before joining Toowoomba Regional Council in August 2011. He currently leads the Infrastructure Services Group within Toowoomba Regional Council, responsible for delivering the group’s operational and capital programs.

Mike is an active member of Engineers Australia, having served as the President of Engineers Australia (Queensland) in 2010 and on the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland from 2012 to 2016. He is also an active member of the Institute of Public Works Engineers Association of Queensland. Mike was awarded the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland’s ‘Engineer of the Year’ in 2017.

 

Nick Hauser

GENERAL MANAGER, ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

Nick Hauser has worked in local government for the past 13 years, joining Toowoomba Regional Council in 2008 as the Manager of Parks and Recreation Branch. He previously worked for the Rockhampton Regional Council and in the field of sports management at Equestrian Queensland.

He was appointed as General Manager, Environment and Community Services Group in February 2014. Nick was schooled in Toowoomba and was School Captain of St Joseph's College in 1993. He is married to Katie with three young children and is an avid rugby league fan and long suffering supporter of the Penrith Panthers. In his spare time he enjoys playing touch football.

 

Stewart Somers

GENERAL MANAGER, PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Stewart has served as the General Manager of Planning and Development Services for the past 10 years, overseeing development assessment, strategic land use policy, city architecture, urban design, heritage services and building compliance. He is also responsible for promoting sustainable growth across the region through strategic planning and economic development.

Stewart has worked since the early 1970s and has a Degree in Planning, a Diploma in Town Planning from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Griffith University.

During his career, Stewart has worked as an urban planner and senior manager in local and state government and as a consultant to the private and public sectors in Queensland, Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Yanchi (China).

He has co-ordinated and managed multi-disciplinary professional teams on diverse projects such as environmental impact studies for major projects, strategy plans, structure plans, urban master plans and feasibility studies. Stewart has also been involved in master planning projects in China, involving detailed programming, resource planning, budgeting and on-going project performance analysis.

Stewart is married with three grown-up children who live in Melbourne.