Executive Management Team
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and divisional managers form Brisbane City Council's Executive Management Team. The CEO reports to the Lord Mayor.
Chief Executive Officer
Colin Jensen, Chief Executive Officer
Managing an annual budget of $3.18 billion and an asset base of $31.1 billion, Colin Jensen is Chief Executive Officer of Brisbane City Council, serving a population of over 1.2 million people.
Colin oversees the largest local government in Australia and delivers Council’s key initiatives in the pursuit of its Brisbane Vision 2031.
Brisbane City Council is delivering congestion-busting road projects, Australia’s most modern public transport, including the Brisbane Metro, as well as transforming Brisbane’s Victoria Park into a world-class park public parkland - all with a strong economy and more local jobs.
As Chief Executive Officer, Colin is committed to ensuring Brisbane is and always will be a great place to live, work and relax and empowers this commitment through championing and modelling clear organisational values across Council.
Prior to joining Council in August 2010, Colin had a successful career in the Queensland Government, most recently as the Coordinator-General and Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure and Planning. As the key infrastructure program manager, he presided over a capital program of $18.2 billion – a record for any Australian government.
Colin received the QUT Chancellor’s Outstanding Alumni Award and the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award for 2011.
Colin was awarded the Queensland 2010/11 National Emergency Medal for sustained service by the Governor-General for the role he played in the January 2011 floods.
He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), joining the country’s leading names in technological science and engineering. Colin is also an honorary fellow of Engineers Australia.
David Chick, Divisional Manager, City Planning and Sustainability
In this role, David leads and manages City Planning and Sustainability which supports the future planning and shaping of Brisbane, development assessment, environment, parks and sustainability, and economic development. He provides leadership to develop policies and strategies to manage and integrate the demands of urban growth and economic development and oversee Council’s sustainability agenda.
David has also worked with the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority as Executive Director Precincts, Planning and Assessment. In this role, he guided the development of precincts around each of the new underground stations, to ensure the significant transport investment is maximised through the delivery of longer-term economic and community inspired urban development. David has provided design leadership across a number of components for the Cross River Rail project, including the stations and public spaces at Albert Street, Roma Street, Woolloongabba, Boggo Road and Exhibition. In addition, David has contributed to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid and Council’s Victoria Park Project Government Reference Group.
David is the former Chief City Planner, Wellington City Council, where he oversaw the design, development, resilience, sustainability and management of Wellington’s urban environment, including all planning, consenting and compliance functions, transport, infrastructure and waste operations, and the strategic design and policy direction to support the city’s future.
David holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Tasmania and a Graduate Diploma Landscape Architecture from the Queensland University of Technology.
Scott Stewart, Divisional Manager, Brisbane Infrastructure
As Divisional Manager, Brisbane Infrastructure, Scott Stewart’s leadership brings together Council's asset management, infrastructure planning, design, project management, construction, services, maintenance, waste and resource recovery, and transport planning and operations.
Scott joined Council in 2005 and has been a member of the Executive Management Team since 2006.
Prior to this he worked with international consultancy, Arup, in Australia and overseas.
Scott has more than 28 years of infrastructure and executive experience, across local and international roles in the private and public sectors. Experience includes major road, rail and urban infrastructure projects in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia.
Through his roles in Council, Scott has fulfilled key leadership roles for the development and delivery of Council’s major infrastructure projects including Brisbane Metro and the TransApex program, including the Go Between Bridge and Legacy Way toll roads.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours, UQ) and Master of Engineering Science (Project Management, UNSW). He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Chartered Engineer, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the INSEAD Advanced Management Program (France).
Geoffrey Beck, Divisional Manager, Transport for Brisbane
Geoffrey Beck joined Council in 2009. As Divisional Manager, Transport for Brisbane he is responsible for operating one of Australia’s largest public transport enterprises with a fleet of over 1,200 buses and 30 CityCats and ferries.
Prior to Transport for Brisbane, Geoffrey held the position of Executive Manager, Field Services.
Geoffrey previously worked as Business Group Manager for GHD and has held senior positions across a number of organisations including the Department of Defence and Raytheon Australia.
Geoffrey has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), and holds a Master of Applied Science.
Tash Tobias, Divisional Manager, Lifestyle and Community Services
Tash Tobias joined Council and EMT in 2019. As Divisional Manager, Lifestyle and Community Services, Tash is passionate about leading the division to deliver experiences that matter for Brisbane’s communities. Tash draws on her executive experience leading global teams in customer experience to drive the strategic direction of Council’s community facilities and venues, libraries, compliance and regulatory services, customer services, immunisation services, social inclusion programs and rich offering of festivals and events.
Prior to joining Council, Tash was the General Manager, Customer Experience and Product at Virgin Australia Airlines, which was the largest General Manager Portfolio in the Virgin Group, with over 3000 employees. Tash also chaired the Virgin Australia Customer Experience Board, delivering improvements in customer satisfaction and guiding multiple teams to win global industry awards. In recognition of her achievements, Tash received a commendation from Richard Branson for Leadership on Virgin.com in 2017.
Before her time with Virgin Australia, Tash held executive positions with the Intercontinental Hotels Group, across five different countries. During this tenure Tash was also the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School Alumni of the Year, 2017.
Tash holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, an Advanced Diploma of Hotel Management, and a Certificate of Executive Leadership. Tash also completed the General Managers Program (Singapore) and is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Anne Lenz, Divisional Manager, Organisational Services
As Divisional Manager for Organisational Services, Anne is responsible for leading, developing and managing Council’s business functions to ensure appropriate financial management, and effective delivery of ICT, asset optimisation, human resources, support services and centre-led procurement.
Prior to this appointment, Anne was Branch Manager for Compliance and Regulatory Services (CARS), Lifestyle and Community Services. In this role, Anne was responsible for managing Council’s regulatory response to matters across areas such as environmental health, built environment, animal management and natural environment.
Before joining Council, Anne had 17 years’ experience working in various roles at the Queensland Government, including Executive Director, Strategy Support and Compliance with the Department of Environment and Science. Some of her major achievements include implementing a new financial assurance framework for mines, developing an intelligence-led risk-based compliance model and managing the underground coal gasification trial.
Anne holds an Executive Master of Public Administration, Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Skills and Ethics, as well as a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Environmental Science.
Scott Owen, A/Executive Manager, City Standards
As Acting Executive Manager, City Standards, Scott is responsible for maintaining and enhancing Council’s high standards of amenity, asset maintenance and service delivery across Brisbane. This includes the safe and efficient delivery of fleet services, civil construction, quarry products, asphalt manufacture and laying, waste management and delivery of park maintenance and city cleaning activities. Prior to this role, Scott has driven cultural and transformational change and previously held the role of Manager, Public Space Operations and also Manager, Fleet Solutions. Scott brings to the role extensive experience in leadership and business management within the commercial and defence sector as well as local government and has consistently delivered outcomes in highly complex environments.
Scott considers some of his key career achievements to be:
- Providing leadership to over 800 staff whilst managing $410m per annum.
- Identifying and leveraging data to drive performance and increased Operational productivity.
- Ongoing cultural transformation across Council branches to maximise staff involvement and uplift service outcomes for the residents of Brisbane
Scott holds a postgraduate diploma in strategic leadership, as well as multiple leadership and business administration qualifications obtained within the defence and commercial sectors.
Tim Wright, Divisional Manager, City Administration and Governance
As Divisional Manager, City Administration and Governance, Tim provides high-level impartial advice and executive support to the CEO, Civic Cabinet and Council as well as strategic leadership, direction, and oversight of the division.
Prior to this appointment, Tim has held several executive roles within Council including Manager, Natural Environment, Water and Sustainability, and Manager, Asset Services. Both roles saw Tim lead large diverse teams and significant budgets to enhance the public space outcomes, and implement strategic sustainability initiatives for Brisbane.
Tim holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Certificate IV in Competitive Systems and Practices (LEAN) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also the Executive Sponsor of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community of Inclusion within Council.