Leadership Team

Chief Executive Officer - Gary Evershed

Mr EversheCEO - Mr Gary Evershedd has been the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s Chief Executive Officer since October 2008. Previously he was the Town of Bassendean’s Chief Executive Officer from October 2001 until taking up his appointment at the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. Mr Evershed has a background in Town Planning, educational administration, community services management and executive management in Local Government. Previously he held a variety of key leadership roles as a Planning Officer in the State Government, School Principal and other educational leadership roles, as well has holding the position of Chief Executive Officer of an important regional non-profit organisation in Geraldton and the Mid-West Region of Western Australia.

Mr Evershed has qualifications in Town and Regional Planning and Education and a Masters Degree in Business Administration specialising in Human Resource Management. Additionally he has been an office bearer in several voluntary community organisations and has also served for one term as an elected Councillor for the City of Geraldton (1990-1992). Mr Evershed is a life member of the Geraldton Regional Community Education Centre.  He is currently the Chair of the Board of the Margaret River Education Campus.

Mr Evershed has conducted important research projects into youth alienation and immigration issues for the Commonwealth Government and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Mr Evershed is a Fellow of the LGPRO (formerly LGMA) and was awarded the Meritorious Service Award in 2013.  He served for ten years as a Director on the State Board of Local Government Managers Australia (2005-2015) and served as a Director on the LGMA National Board of LGMA from 2007 to 2012. LGMA is the peak body for local government managers in Australia. Mr Evershed is a Shire representative on the Capes Region Voluntary Organisation of Councils (CAPEROC) and a Shire delegate to the South West Zone of WALGA.

Director Corporate and Community Services - Annie Riordan

Annie RiordanAnnie Riordan commenced with the Shire as Director Corporate and Community Services in November 2010 having a previous background in local government and private industry.

Annie holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Governance, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). Previous roles include Manager Corporate Services at Cook Shire Council Queensland and City of Port Lincoln South Australia and management positions in the civil construction industry. Annie was also involved in the LGMA Propeller (Emerging Leaders) Program in Queensland in 2010 and represented the LGMA WA as an international exchange participant to British Colombia, Canada in 2012. In 2014 she travelled on a scholarship to Japan with the CLAIR Local Government Cooperation and Exchange Seminar.

Annie directs, coordinates and controls the functions of the Shire’s Corporate and Community Services division to ensure Council’s objectives are achieved. Business units within Corporate and Community Services include Finance, Customer Service, Records, Information Technology, Libraries, Community Planning and Development, Caravan Parks, Local Emergency Management, Recreational Services and Human Services. Annie enjoys the community aspect of her role and engaging with councillors, staff and members of the community through the various projects and committees undertaken by the Shire.

Director Sustainable Development - Dale Putland

Dale Putland commenced with the Shire as the Director of Sustainable Development in November 2016. Dale has a background in State and local government, and the mining industry. Previously he was the Executive Director Planning and Development at the City of Albany from 2012 until taking up his position with the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. Dale’s experience in government includes several management positions in the Department of Planning in the areas of strategic planning and infrastructure coordination, Manager Environmental Services at the City of Geraldton and Senior Environmental Planner at the City of Swan. 

In addition to formal qualifications in Project Management, Dale has a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Development, Masters of Environmental and Business Management, and a PHD in Public Policy.  Dale has recently been involved as a mentor in the LGMA Lift Off Program (a mentoring program for new and emerging leaders in local government).

Dale guides the functions of the Sustainable Development Directorate which includes the Planning, Building, Environmental Health, Waste, Sustainability and Ranger services.  These various services are charged with ensuring that the growth of the Shire is appropriately planned and delivered, and that the environment of the Shire is a safe, healthy and enjoyable place for residents and visitors.

Director Infrastructure Services - Markus Botte

Markus Botte commenced with the Shire as the Director of Infrastructure Services in October 2018 and comes with a broad experience across the civil engineering spectrum gained both in local government and the private sector, locally and abroad. Prior to joining the Shire of Augusta Margaret River Markus held senior positions at the City of Gosnells and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, after commencing his local government career at the City of Kalamunda. In the past he also worked on behavioural change initiatives, promoting sustainable transport modes and researching travel behaviour, on behalf of State Government.

Markus graduated as Civil Engineer at Dresden University of Technology, Germany, with a Master of Science degree completed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. More recently he completed his doctoral research degree in Transport Economics at the University of Western Australia. He  holds professional affiliations with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA WA), including a past executive functions, fellow membership of the Australian Institute of Management and has been actively representing local government interests at the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s urban development committee and the Corporate Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities over a number of years.

Markus is responsible for strategic direction and effective operational management of the Shire’s Infrastructure Services Directorate, including works, land development engineering, infrastructure assets and natural resource management. He contributes to the efficient and effective financial management of the organisation and advocacy for infrastructure funding.

Besides managing a traditional civil engineering portfolio he has keen interests in transit oriented development, urban hydrology and water sensitive urban design. He has been heavily involved in influencing government policy, guidelines and management frameworks related to infrastructure provision to enable improved social equity, community safety and economic growth. This has seen him share his knowledge on novel and contemporary engineering practices at national and international level.

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