ANDREW Ward is the new chief executive officer of Peel Development Commission (PDC).
Mr Ward has more than 20 years experience in community services and administration management.
PDC chairman Paul Fitzpatrick said Mr Ward had brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and a proven ability to lead and develop multidimensional teams.
With metropolitan and regional senior management experience in the local government environment, Mr Ward previously held the position of Director at the City of Karratha overseeing a number of departments including finance, community and economic development, industry partnerships, recreation facilities and community services.
As director, he administered an organisational budget of $133 million and managed about 90 staff focusing on the social and sustainability challenges created by recent population growth, nature of regional workforce operations and community amenity/infrastructure projects within the region.
He has been a board member for local schools and organisations and is married with three school-aged children.
“As well as the delivery of Transform Peel, I’m looking forward to working closely with regional leaders, our stakeholders, and the wider community to coordinate and promote economic and social development in the Peel region,’’ Mr Ward said.
“PDC has many business cases under development and we will continue to explore future projects and opportunities that will benefit our region.’’