Chief Executive Officer Gerard joined Bendigo Community Health Services in February 2019 after being CEO for Mildura Rural City Council from October 2014. He has extensive experience working in the local government, community and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Mildura Rural City Council, Gerard was CEO of Greater Taree City Council on the mid-north coast of New South Wales for over seven years. Gerard’s career also includes time as Director of Health and Community Services at Ringwood and Heidelberg Councils, Director of Community Services and Acting CEO at the Shire of Campaspe and Director of Community Services at the City of Knox. Gerard has also worked for the Municipal Association of Victoria, Spastic Society of Victoria (now known as Scope); the Outer East Regional Housing Association, STAY Youth Refuge and the YMCA. As CEO, Gerard is responsible for the implementation of Board decisions; providing strategic advice to Board Directors; working with the Board on the Strategic Plan and the day-to-day leadership and management of all BCHS services and activities. Gerard is married and has four children and two grandchildren. Outside of BCHS he is a Board Member of Haven Home Safe, a tragic Collingwood Football supporter, enjoys woodworking, reading, writing, social research and watching most sports.
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