New boss for Byron Shire Council

A FORMER executive director of the Australian Stock Exchange out-gunned 43 applicants to win the right to be Byron Shire Council's new general manager.

Graeme Faulkner will take up the position on June 2.

He replaces Pamela Westing, who left the job in March after her contract expired.

Mr Faulkner, who will soon move to the Northern Rivers with his wife, grew up in regional NSW, spending his youth in West Wyalong, Cobar and Griffith.

He spent the majority of his career in the private sector, having worked in banking and insurance, and more recently with the Australian Stock Exchange as executive director (Perth) and then executive director (Melbourne and Hobart).

Since 1997, Mr Faulkner has worked in the local government sector in Western Australia and NSW, occupying general manager positions at Nedlands City Council, Wagga Wagga City Council, Hawkesbury City Council and Bega Valley Shire Council.

Byron Shire mayor Jan Barham said Mr Faulkner was the outstanding candidate.

"He has both local government and commercial experience and a genuine interest in the area and the challenges we face," Cr Barham said.

The selection of a new general manager attracted great interest, with 44 applications received.

A working group of councillors was established to assess the applications, and Councillors Barham, Tucker, Kestle and Tabart interviewed seven applicants.

They remained unanimous in their preferred candidates throughout the assessment process.

"At an extraordinary meeting the elected council confirmed their preferred candidate as Mr Faulkner," Cr Barham said.

"We believe that he has the qualities and experience to guide the council."

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