Former ABC exec hired by shire


MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire’s new communications executive manager Randal Mathieson has a background in marketing and promotion.

During his time at the Australian Broadcasting Commission Mr Mathieson also “led a major organisational change project … as the head of change management, stakeholder liaison and communications”, according to information compiled and distributed by the shire.

Mr Mathieson sits on several boards in the not-for-profit sector (The Big Issue and its offshoot Homes for Homes) and is involved in the arts, co-founding and co-chairing the Southbank Arts Precinct Group.

His profile on the online jobs networking site LinkedIn begins with his four years (2000-2003) as “head of marketing-radio” at the national broadcaster.

His career then includes a series of other ABC positions, including head of marketing; director; and head of change management, stakeholder liaison and communications (July 2015-June 2017).

Councillors have been told that Mr Mathieson “took an extended break before joining us”.

He holds a Master’s of Business in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies.

Mr Mathieson started work at the shire on Monday 12 March.

His appointment in March coincided with union opposition to the “restructuring” of the shire’s compliance unit where 40 rangers and local laws officers were told they may face redundancies or have to reapply for their positions (“Union moves to protect jobs at shire” The News 3/4/18).

The shire’s previous communications manager, Mark Kestigian, is now the communications and economic development executive manager at Baw Baw Shire Council. Alison Leighton, former chief operating officer at Mornington Peninsula Shire, is Baw Baw’s CEO.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 17 April 2018