After a comprehensive recruitment process, MidCoast Water has appointed its new general manager.

MidCoast Chairperson, Aled Hoggett announced that Ken Gouldthorp will commence in the role of general manager on 21 March 2016.

Mr Hoggett said, “I am delighted that such a large number of high quality candidates sought the role, coming from South Australia, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and the ACT.

“With the decision now taken, the board is looking to the future with great anticipation. Ken has an expertise in water management and his leadership and financial acumen will be a significant value to the organisation and the MidCoast community.”

Mr Gouldthorp was previously the General Manager of Newcastle City Council and before that, held positions including Chief Executive Officer at Toowoomba Regional Council, Chief Operating Officer at Sunwater in Queensland, Chief Executive Officer of Mackay City Council and Director of  Corporate Services at Caboolture Shire Council.

Mr Gouldthorp has a Master of Commerce from the University of Queensland as well as a CPA, a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

“At Newcastle Ken achieved a considerable improvement in that council’s financial and workforce performance. While that council’s situation is very different to ours we look forward to his working with our excellent staff at MidCoast to also achieve performance improvements,” Mr Hoggett said.

Mr Hoggett said Mr Gouldthorp impressed the interview panel with his focus on staff leadership, financial management and strategic direction.

“His leadership skills, passion for local government and regional focus set him apart from other candidates.”

Mr Gouldthorp said he was looking forward to working with the board and staff of MidCoast Water to continue to provide and improve on essential water and sewerage services.

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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