Corporate structure

Council chambers and civic centre from buss park

Executive team

The Executive Leadership Team operates under the direction of Chief Executive Officer Steve Johnston. The team members bring enthusiasm, expertise and experience to their roles which oversee every aspect of Council's operation across the Bundaberg Region.

Steve Johnston

CEO Steve Johnston

Position: Chief Executive Officer

Steve has extensive senior management experience in Local government having been the CEO of three Councils in NSW and Queensland.  In 2009/10 he was the National CEO of the Planning Institute of Australia based in Canberra.  He had seven years working for the Queensland State Government in senior roles including four years as Deputy Director-General of the Queensland Department of Local Government and over 12 months as Acting Director General. He has tertiary qualifications in Local Government, Environmental Law and an MBA. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was appointed to the position of CEO for Bundaberg Regional Council in April 2017. 


Stuart Randle

Stuart Randle

Position: General Manager - Infrastructure

As General Manager Infrastructure Services, Stuart is responsible for the Water Services, Civil Works, Engineering Services, Major Projects and Fleet and Trades Services functions within Council. With more than 25 years in executive leadership roles in Local Government, Stuart brings a wealth of experience in the design, construction and management of public infrastructure. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering, an MBA in Technology Management and is a qualified company director.


Amanda Pafumi

Amanda Pafumi

Position: General Manager - Organisational Services

Amanda Pafumi is a strategic business leader, with an extensive background in public administration. An experienced General Manager, Amanda is known for her expertise in governance and in delivering customer focused, responsive corporate services for large councils, government departments and commercial businesses.

Amanda joined the Bundaberg Regional Council in June 2017, and is currently the General Manager, Organisational Services. Amanda brings a wealth of local government experience to the Council, having most recently worked for the State Government as the Deputy Director-General for the Department of Local Government in Queensland, a role which built upon her 12 years with the Brisbane City Council, where her roles included Enabling Services Manager and Commercial and Operational Services Manager. Prior to joining Local Government, Amanda had 10 years’ experience in the retail sector, culminating in her role as the Divisional Financial Accountant for Woolworths Queensland.

Amanda is a qualified accountant and a fellow member of CPA Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Finance and is in the final stages of completing a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree at Queensland University of Technology. Amanda is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. Amanda has completed the Senior Leadership Program through Mt Eliza, Melbourne Business School, project management qualifications and organisational change management studies through the Australian Institute of Management.

Outside of work Amanda has a keen interest in travelling the world with her family and improving her fluency in French. She also is an experienced Non-Executive Director in the Not for Profit Sector, currently appointed to the St Luke’s Anglican School Council and having previously held Board roles with Autism Queensland, Melanoma Patients Australia, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Lourdes Hill College and Saints Peter and Paul’s School.


Gavin Steele

Gavin Steele

Position: General Manager - Community and Environment

Gavin has over 25 years’ experience as a senior manager and executive in Queensland Local and State Government having worked for Brisbane City Council, Rockhampton City Council, Rockhampton Regional Council and Goprint.

Gavin has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health), Graduate Diploma (Local Government Management), Diploma (Australian Institute of Company Directors) and is presently undertaking an MBA through the local Central Queensland University.


Ben Artup

Ben Artup

Position: Executive Director - Strategic Projects and Economic Development

Ben is an economist with over 20 years’ experience in roles spanning economic development and corporate advisory. Prior to starting at Bundaberg Regional Council in October 2012, Ben was a Director at Deloitte Access Economics in Parramatta NSW. Ben’s role at Council oversees the development of Council’s pipeline of strategic projects and delivery of its local economic initiatives and advocacy program.


Michael Ellery

Michael Ellery

Position: Group Manager - Development

Michael is an urban and regional planner with a drive for representing the regions. Having started as an administration trainee in 1992, Michael has had an extensive local government career with roles at Ipswich City and Fraser Coast Councils before commencing in his current role with the Bundaberg Regional Council. Michael is also a Registered Planner and has served for a number of years as the Planning Institute of Australia’s Branch Convenor for the Wide Bay Burnett region.

Michael heads up Council’s Development Group, which is responsible for land use planning and building matters.  Apart from processing planning and building applications, the team also undertakes land use planning, policy development and regulatory enforcement.  The team works with all parts of Council is to ensure that land use planning integrates with other planning including infrastructure, open space and finance.


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