Executive Leadership Team

Chris Murdoch  – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Chris was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 23rd April 2016, following her previous appointment with Livingstone Shire Council as Director Corporate Services in October 2014. Chris has held executive leadership roles in the public health and higher education sectors for close to 20 years as well as the role of Chief Finance Officer in the private sector. Chris will be the first female CEO in history of Livingstone Shire Council and we are all excited to welcome a new era of executive leadership.

Chris is a highly experienced senior executive with skills in strategic development and planning, organisational development, and corporate transformation leading complex and varied functions throughout periods of growth and significant change.

Chris is a Chartered Accountant with a degree in commerce and post graduate qualifications in psychology.

CEO Chris Murdoch

Brett Bacon – Executive Director Liveability and Wellbeing

Brett’s extensive career in town planning has taken him from south east Queensland to Tasmania and now Central Queensland.

With multiple degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Brett brings significant experience to his new role as Executive Director Liveability and Wellbeing.

He is responsible for a team of over 140 council staff from Community Wellbeing, Built Environments, Open Spaces, Development Assessment, Growth Management, Libraries and the Arts, Local Laws and Compliance, and Public Environments.

Brett worked for the former Livingstone Shire Council before taking up his role as Land Use Manager with Rockhampton Regional Council upon amalgamation in 2008. He has previously worked for the Tasmanian State Government and numerous local governments including Pine Rivers, West Tamar and the Whitsunday Shire Council.

Brett Bacon - Director Community and Planning

Dan Toon – Executive Director Infrastructure 

After completing studies at the Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education and obtaining a degree in Civil Engineering, Dan commenced his career in the Northern Territory before returning to Rockhampton to work for several engineering consultant companies.  

He started at the previous Livingstone Shire Council in 1996 working in several different infrastructure roles. With amalgamation in 2008, he was appointed Manager Civil Operations with Rockhampton Regional Council.  

Dan brings to this position of Executive Director Infrastructure many years of experience, both in the field and management. He manages over 180 staff members and leads the Infrastructure, Assets, Planning and Design, Construction and Maintenance, and Water and Waste Operations business units of Livingstone Shire Council. 

 Dan Toon - Director Infrastructure Services


Andrea Ellis - Chief Financial Officer

Andrea Ellis is the Chief Financial Officer at Livingstone Shire Council where she leads the Finance & Business Excellence business unit which includes accounting, revenue, procurement, governance, business transformation and the project management office.

Andrea commenced her local government career in 1999 as a Local Government trainee with the former Calliope Shire Council. She has also worked at the former Miriam Vale Shire Council and through the amalgamation in 2008 which became Gladstone Regional Council. 

Andrea is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and holds a degree in accounting from Central Queensland University and has also obtained Black Belt qualifications in Lean Six Sigma. Andrea is passionate about continuous improvement, and how this translates to delivering services in the community now and into the future. 

Andrea Ellis
Matt Willcocks - Chief Technology Officer

Matt has joined Livingstone Shire Council after 12 years of Local Government experience in New South Wales and brings with him formal and post graduate qualifications in information technology, business, both project and business management and is currently completing his Masters of Business Administration. 

Matt now leads the technology focus of the organisation and is passionate about the benefits and efficiencies the use of technology can enable for Council, its residents and visitors.

Matt Willcocks

Nick Sheehan - Chief Human Resources Officer

Nick joined Livingstone Shire Council in December 2018 after eleven years with Sunshine Coast Council as Manager of People and Culture. His previous experience was in the health and energy sectors in Queensland and New South Wales.

With a passion for organisational development and building a great workplace culture, Nick leads the People and Culture function within Council reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. Nick has a Bachelor of Business from Griffith University majoring in Human Resource Management and he values the opportunity to partner with the Executive Leadership Team at Council to innovate and prepare the workforce to be at its best to service the community. In his spare time Nick enjoys spending time on the Capricorn Coast beaches and National Parks. 
Nick Sheehan