Council appoints two new directors

COFFS Harbour City Council has appointed two new directors.

Jenni Eakins is the council's new Director Community Development and Andrew Beswick the Director Corporate Business.

"We're delighted with these new appointments. Jenni has been with Coffs Harbour City Council for a long time - most recently in the role of Acting Director Community Development - while Andrew will be a completely new face to the community. So both will bring different, but complementary perspectives and experience to these important positions," the council's general manager Steve McGrath said.

Andrew Beswick joins Coffs Harbour City Council from Launceston, Tasmania, where he was Regional General Manager (North) for the state-wide water corporation, TasWater.

Andrew Beswick has been appointed Coffs Harbour City Council's Director Corporate Business.
Andrew Beswick has been appointed Coffs Harbour City Council's Director Corporate Business.

Andrew has recently held a number of other leadership positions including Acting CEO of Ben Lomond Water and Joint General Manager and Chief Information Officer of the Tasmanian water industry's shared services business, Onstream.

He has extensive council experience in financial planning, IT, business improvement and strategy development and implementation, through various roles at Burnie City Council.

He was a key participant in a number of Burnie City's enterprise innovations, including a fibre optic network and associated IT services business, a public-private partnership for the operation of the local airport and the establishment of a tourism and community cultural centre.

Andrew is married to Alison, has two young children and the family is looking forward to settling on the Coffs Coast.

"I am very excited with the opportunity to assist council improve its financial sustainability and ensure efficient service delivery for customers and the Coffs Harbour community," Mr Beswick said.

Jenni Eakins has more than 20 years experience in local government.

Jenni Eakins has been appointed as Coffs Harbour City's Council Director Community Development.
Jenni Eakins has been appointed as Coffs Harbour City's Council Director Community Development.

Since joining Coffs Harbour City Council in 1992, Jenni has undertaken a range of positions from direct service provision, to service development and project management.

Before being appointed to the Acting Director Community Development position, she was Executive Manager of Cultural and Community Development, focusing on sustainable business practices.

Jenni has already been involved in numerous exciting projects during her time at Council, including the construction and development of Cavanbah Hall as a multi-use community facility.

Her practical experience is also supported by a Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). She has also served on a number of community boards for Coffs Harbour, the NSW Public Libraries Consultative Committee and she has been a member of Local Government Managers Australia (NSW) for many years.

"I'm very much looking forward to this opportunity to continue serving the Coffs Harbour community in my new role," she said. Jenni's husband Rex is retired and they have three adult children.

Mr McGrath added: "I am very confident that the addition of these new Directors to Council's Executive Team will provide both the organisation and community with a solid platform of leadership for the future."