Our leaders

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Wall

Stephen Wall, CEO of Maribyrnong City Council Stephen has a local government career spanning 23 years and has been CEO of three councils. He has worked across the full range of corporate functions in six different councils in three states. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance. Stephen has held a number of non-executive Director roles with not-for-profit boards, and is a an active member of the local government fraternity, holding memberships with the Local Government Chief Officers Group, Local Government Professionals and Western Melbourne Metropolitan Partnership and Australian Institute of Company Directors. As CEO of Maribyrnong City Council Stephen has managed the challenges and opportunities that come with a growing municipality, and changes that have impacted the local government sector. This has included rate capping and the need to attract investment to the area to deliver more for the community. Stephen is committed to working with government and local stakeholders to deliver improved outcomes that the community can enjoy. He remains passionate about local government as he truly believes we make a difference in the lives of the people we serve and feels particularly proud when important infrastructure or services are delivered.


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 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 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.

Director Infrastructure Services

Steve Hamilton

Steve commenced with Maribyrnong in August 2018, returning to the local government sector with a core focus on advocating for, leading and providing positive outcomes for communities.  Steve has extensive senior executive level experience across the public and private sectors, including Director of City Futures and Assets with Darebin City Council for nearly 4 years, General Manager with VicTrack, and executive level roles with a number of local and international engineering based consultancies and private companies.  Steve holds a Bachelors Degree of Applied Science (Applied Geology) from RMIT, Masters in Engineering from the University of Melbourne, and Diploma of Company Directors from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.