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Executive Management Team

An able administration is needed to manage Yass Valley Council, an organisation employing over 150 staff and with an annual budget of $30 million. The focus of the management team is to ensure the continued delivery of excellent services and optimum infrastructure to residents and also visitors who come to Yass Valley for a taste of the region's best.

Yass Valley Council is managed by the General Manager and three Directors.


General Manager

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Chris Berry has a strong passion for local government. He has served as Yass Valley Council's Director of Planning since 2014, making the move from Goulburn Mulwaree Council where he performed the roles of General Manager, Director of Planning and Community Services and Director of Corporate and Planning. He has also worked in local government in Melbourne and Armidale.

Chris has completed 13 years of tertiary study at three universities. He holds degrees in Town Planning, Environmental Science and Business Administration and is a Registered Planner and Fellow of the Australian Planning Institute.

During his time at Yass Valley Council, Chris has risen to the challenge associated with growth in the local government area and the pressures associated with our close proximity to Canberra. Some of his biggest achievements have been the completion of the Settlement Strategy for the future growth of Yass Valley and finalising the Rural Lands Planning Proposal. Far from finished, Chris lists the overhaul of development contributions, implementing rezonings from the Settlement Strategy and Master Planning for Murrumbateman squarely on his agenda.

An avid road cyclist, Chris enjoys riding for both sport and recreation. He also loves travel and tries to combine the two passions as much as possible. 

Phone: 6226 1477
Email: Council@yass.nsw.gov.au


Director Planning & Environment

Julie Rogers

Phone: 6226 1477
Email: Council@yass.nsw.gov.au


Interim Director Infrastructure & Assets 

Steven Beasley

Phone: 6226 1477
Email: Council@yass.nsw.gov.au 


Director Corporate & Community

Mark Eady

Mark Eady has 20 years’ experience in NSW state government working in governance, human resources, and managing finance and corporate services functions. Before working in senior management roles at City of Sydney Council and Derwent Valley Council in Tasmania, Mark worked at the Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC), where he reviewed the causes of public sector corruption and inefficiency and drafted recommendations to improve the operation of the NSW public sector.

Mark holds a commerce degree specialising in accountancy and management, is well versed in the practical application of public sector governance principles and has vast experience in strategic planning. He is also experienced in employment law and its application in the NSW public sector.

Mark believes that Yass Valley’s location and natural resources provide a foundation for economic prosperity, with our diverse range of competitive products and services with good access to regional, national and global markets. Mark also believes Yass Valley is home to great people with the experience, outlook and capability to create a prosperous future for our next generation.

Developing the internal capability of Council to deliver its strategies and services to its community will be one of Mark’s main focuses over the coming years working at Council.
In his spare time Mark enjoys alpine skiing, cycling, viticulture and music.

Phone: 6226 1477
Email: Council@yass.nsw.gov.au

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