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

Colin Jensen is the Chief Executive of Brisbane City Council, the largest local government in Australia. Council has an annual budget of $3.16 billion, an asset base of $23.4 billion and serves a population of 1.209 million people.

Colin oversees the delivery of Council’s key initiatives in the pursuit of achieving the Brisbane Vision. 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.

In these roles, Colin was responsible for:

  • overseeing the delivery of the largest infrastructure program in Queensland’s history
  • modernising the state’s planning and development system
  • reforming Queensland’s local government system
  • shaping a new organisation following departmental restructure in 2007.

As the key infrastructure program manager, he presided over a capital program of $18.2 billion – a record for any Australian government.

Colin is a director of several boards including CitySmart and the City of Brisbane Investment Corporation.

For eight years running, Colin was named one of Australia's top 100 most influential engineers by Civil Engineers Australia magazine. Colin has also received the QUT Chancellor’s Outstanding Alumni Award and the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award for 2011.

In 2013, Colin was also awarded the Qld 2010-11 National Emergency Medal for sustained service by the Governor-General for the role he played in the January 2011 floods.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and is Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

Divisional Managers

Kate Davies, Divisional Manager, City Administration and Governance

As Divisional Manager, City Administration and Governance, Kate will provide high level impartial advice and executive support to the Chief Executive Officer, Civic Cabinet and Council. She will also provide strategic leadership, direction and oversight of City Administration and Governance division. As a member of Council’s Executive Management Team, Kate will also contribute to the broader organisational strategic and operational requirements of the organisation.

Kate is an accomplished senior executive with more than 20 years of leadership in public administration, policy and governance. She has held a variety of executive roles in the Commonwealth public service as well as senior advisory roles across several federal portfolio areas, including small business, tourism, employment and workplace relations. 

After twelve years in the nation’s capital, Canberra, Kate returned to her home town of Brisbane to undertake a leadership position in the Queensland Government Senior Executive Service and has since held several general management roles, including most recently the position of General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Strategy with Cricket Australia/Queensland Cricket. In this role, Kate provided strategic leadership, managed program delivery and developed long-term relationships with key strategic, operational and community partners. 

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts (Government) and Bachelor of Business (Management) from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Certificate of Public Relations from Deakin University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

Kate is currently the Chair of Juiced TV Advisory Board (supporting the wellbeing of thousands of paediatric patients admitted to hospitals every year) and is a member of the Queensland Regional Council of RedKite (a charity providing essential support to children and young people with cancer).

Andrea Kenafake, Divisional Manager, City Planning and Sustainability

Andrea Kenafake has held leadership and executive roles in Brisbane City Council for over 20 years. As Divisional Manager of City Planning and Sustainability, Andrea oversees the provision of planning, development, economic development, environment and sustainability services within the city.

Andrea has been instrumental in the implementation of a number of successful initiatives including the improvement of the Workers Compensation system through self-insurance and the development and successful introduction of Council’s Zero Harm strategy. As Manager, Development Assessment, Andrea led the implementation of a range of business improvement processes and products. This initiative was accredited when Development Assessment was awarded the Australian Business Excellence Award for Innovation in 2013.

During her time at Council Andrea has held the positions of Manager, Development Assessment, Manager, Development Improvement Program and Manager, Local Laws. 

In 2010, Andrea received the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Women in Development – Outstanding Achievement by a Woman – Government Award. 

Andrea is the Executive Sponsor of Smart, Connected Brisbane, Chairperson for Brisbane City Council’s Inclusion Council and the Executive Sponsor of Council’s LGBTIQ+ Employee Network, River City Pride. She is the also Chair of City Parklands Services Pty Ltd, Council’s wholly owned subsidiary company that manages South Bank and Roma Street Parklands.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Organisational Psychology from the University of Queensland, a Master of Rehabilitation from Griffith University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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 in 2019 and holds the position of Divisional Manager, Lifestyle and Community Services.

Leading with a clear focus on the customer experience and operational excellence, Tash manages the diverse range of community and customer services that enhance lifestyle across Brisbane. Tash drives the continuous improvement of our customer service culture and oversees the development and implementation of procedures and systems to support Council’s customer services, traffic management, arts and culture, environmental health, building compliance, libraries, community development, community safety, cemeteries, social policy and sporting/community facilities.

Tash has extensive experience in service delivery leadership and executive roles in the private sector including Virgin Australia Airlines and Intercontinental Hotels Group.

Tash is currently working towards completing a Master of Business Administration from Griffith University and holds an advanced Diploma of Hotel Management from the Blue Mountain International Hotel Management School. She also holds a Certificate in Executive Leadership from E-Cornell and has completed the General Managers Program from Cornell-Nanyang University.

Bill Lyon, Divisional Manager, Organisational Services

Bill Lyon joined Council in 2017 as the Divisional Manager, Organisational Services.

As Divisional Manager, Bill is responsible for providing strategic direction and guidance for the division. Through his leadership, he brings together Council's financial, procurement, communication, human resource, information technology and asset optimisation functions in a centralised corporate service to support, equip, and help guide Council to deliver the Brisbane Vision.

Bill is responsible for leading and managing business functions to ensure sound fiscal management, effective delivery of ICT services, centre-led procurement and strategic sourcing, effective human resource management and cost-effective support services functions for Council.

Bill has held several Executive General Manager roles with Energex and Telstra and most recently was CEO of Redland City Council.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Business (International Business and Marketing) and an Associate Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications).

Last updated: 3 December 2020