Our leaders

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Wall

Stephen returned to Maribyrnong in October 2014, after previously being Director Corporate Services from 2011 and 2013. Stephen has a local government career of almost 20 years and has been CEO of three councils. Having started as a purchasing and creditors officer, he has worked across a range of corporate functions in six different councils in three states. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Management from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Business. Stephen has held a number of non-executive Director roles with not-for-profit boards, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and LGPro.

Director Infrastructure Services

Sunil Bhalla

While Sunil started his career in the private sector, he has more than 23 years’ experience working in local government and delivering significant infrastructure projects. Prior to joining Maribyrnong in February 2016, he spent 14 years at Surf Coast Shire Council where he held the roles of Director Infrastructure, Director Corporate Services and General Manager Governance and Infrastructure. Sunil holds a Bachelor of Engineering - Civil (Honours), a Master of Technology in Construction and Master of Business Administration (Finance). He is also a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Director Community Services

Clem Gillings

Clem commenced with Maribyrnong in February 2016, after being Director Community Services at Nillumbik Shire Council for five years when the municipality was recovering from the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. Clem has held a number of senior roles with State Government, contributing to a broad range of portfolios such as child protection, youth and family services planning, and community infrastructure regional grant investments. She holds a Bachelor Arts and Diploma of Education from Sydney University and has board experience with a number of community health agencies. Clem’s key interests are in advocacy and delivery of public realm and social infrastructure.

Director Corporate Services

Celia Haddock

Commencing with Maribyrnong in April 2013, Celia has an extensive background in the local government, public health and education sectors. She came from Manningham City Council, where she was Director Community Services. Celia has an established record in strategic business development and financial governance, best practice service delivery, corporate planning, research and social policy, advocacy and community engagement. She has a Master of Arts (Social Policy), Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Teaching. Celia is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has Chief Executive and Board experience of non-government organisations and is the current Treasurer of LGPro.

Director Planning Services

Nigel Higgins

Nigel commenced with Maribyrnong in 2011, coming from Moonee Valley City Council where he was Executive Manager Environment and Lifestyle. He has an extensive background in local government in Australia and New Zealand, across planning, urban design, place making, business development, city activation, infrastructure and community services. Nigel has undertaken a Masters in Planning and Design from the University of Melbourne, has a postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture from Lincoln University and a Bachelor of Social Science from University of Waikato. He is a member of Council’s Project Control Board for both Footscray University Town and Capital Works Major Projects.