Executive Leadership Team

Cale Dendle - Chief Executive Officer

Cale Dendle joined Livingstone Shire Council as CEO in February 2021 and now leads a staff of 360 implementing the Livingstone Community Plan: Towards 2050.

Prior to joining Livingstone Shire, Cale has spent 30 years working for five different Queensland councils.  He has qualifications in business and company direction and is currently completing his Masters of Business Administration.

Cale is a Justice of the Peace and a former Queensland President of Local Government Managers Australia.


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Michael Kriedemann – General Manager Infrastructure

Michael joined Livingstone Shire Council in July 2020 and has over 25 years experience in local government. 
With a degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration, Michael brings significant experience to his role.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland and a Chartered Member of Engineers Australia.  
He is responsible for a team of over 150 Council staff from Water and Waste, Roads and Drainage, Engineering Services, Project Delivery and the Quality Assurance business units. Michael has previously worked for Redland City Council before taking up a role as an Executive Manager at Douglas Shire Council.
Michael brings with him a wealth of experience in infrastructure operations, strategic infrastructure planning, engineering design, land use planning, policy development and business transformation.  
He is passionate about providing good quality infrastructure and delivering services that exceeds the community’s expectations.  
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Chris Ireland - General Manager of Communities

Chris joined Livingstone Shire Council is September 2022 and brings with him 20 years’ experience in local government and the not-for-profit sector including management roles at Whitsunday Shire Council, City of Gold Coast and Rockhampton Regional Council.

Chris is responsible for teams across the organisation from Development, Environment, Community Services, Facilities and CommunicationCultural Services, Parks and Open Spaces, Disaster Management and Economic Development.

Chris holds a Graduate Degree and Master of Business (MBA) from Griffith University and is passionate about delivering well-executed business strategies, high functioning strategic development plan and the positive outcomes that can be achieved when delivered in unison.

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Andrea Ellis - Chief Financial Officer

Andrea Ellis is the Chief Financial Officer at Livingstone Shire Council, where she brings over two decades of experience in finance and accounting. Andrea's journey in local government began in 1999 as a trainee, and she steadily progressed through the ranks while pursuing her accounting degree. She is a Fellow of CPA and holds a degree in accounting from CQ University.

With a passion for continuous improvement, Andrea expanded her expertise by working with a global mining company, where she honed her skills in accounting and business improvement, earning Black Belt qualifications in Lean Six Sigma. Her diverse background enables her to challenge conventional practices and drive innovation in her current role.

Andrea is also highly engaged in professional associations, serving as the current secretary of the Local Government Financial Professionals (Queensland) and Chair of the Queensland CPA Committee for Women. Through these roles, she advocates for diversity and inclusion in the finance profession and supports the professional development of her peers.

At Livingstone Shire Council, Andrea leads a dynamic team of corporate support functions, leveraging strategic alignment and data-driven insights to challenge traditional organisational paradigms. Her emphasis on innovation and non-traditional outcomes drives tangible results, ensuring the council remains adaptive and responsive to the evolving needs of the community.

Andrea’s multifaceted experiences and unwavering dedication make her a respected leader in both her professional and personal spheres.

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Kristy Mansfield - Chief Human Resources Officer

Kristy Mansfield joined Livingstone Shire Council as Chief Human Resource Officer in June 2021.  Kristy’s extensive career and wealth of experience in Human Resource Management now sees her leading the People and Culture team.
Kristy is passionate about supporting people through change and is recognised for her success in driving business strategy and delivering strong business performance.
Prior to joining Livingstone Shire Council, Kristy has more than 20 years’ experience in government and government owned corporations across health, transport and electricity industries.
Kristy holds a Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management from Central Queensland University and is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.
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Matt Willcocks - Chief Information 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.

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