LGMA Board

LGMA is governed by a Board which is elected by the membership.

Representation on the Board is outlined in the Rules of Association and includes one representative from each of the four branches (SQ, SEQ, CQ and NQ), three directors elected at large and a President (also elected at large).  Directors are elected for a three year term (with the exception of casual vacancies).  The President is elected for a one year term with only two consecutive terms to be served.

Calls for nominations to vacancies on the board are generally called in early July and close in early August.  A ballot is then held to elect successful candidates to each vacant position.

LGMA Queensland Board Members

Andrew Chesterman MLGMA


Chief Executive Officer
Redland City Council

Andrew joined the Board of LGMA in May 2021.  He has an extensive background in executive leadership and public administration, and has been the Chief Executive Officer of Redland City Council since 2017.  

An adaptable CEO with an authentic and motivating leadership style, Andrew’s wide-ranging background, includes school teaching, private sector management consulting and over 25 years in the public service across Victoria, Queensland and the United Kingdom. His ability to crystalise a big-picture vision into action leads to alignment of organisational effort which builds engagement, commitment and value.


Robert Andrews MLGMA

Deputy President
Director (SEQ)

Chief Information Officer
Brisbane City Council

Robert Andrews joined the board of LGMA as the Director South East Queensland in 2019, and is currently the Vice President.  He has over 17 years local government experience working in Australia’s largest local governments; the City of Gold Coast and Brisbane City Council.  He has worked across a number of areas, from leading City’s rating, debt recovery and banking services through to more recent executive appointments in Information Communication and Technology (ICT).

Robs’ experience has included major programmes such as boundary and water reforms, system replacement, modernisation and improvement projects.  His experience is supported by a Diploma of Local Government (Statutory Planning) and a Diploma of Local Government (Administration).  Broader qualifications include a bachelor’s degree of Business majoring in Management and Computing, and he is a qualified Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).

He believes the fundamental activities of the LGMA are local government advocacy, connectedness, and professional development which are essential for our leaders and teams.


Liza Perrett MLGMA

Branch Director (CQ)

Governance and Corporate Services Manager
Isaac Regional Council

Liza is the Governance and Corporate Services Manager at Isaac Regional Council (IRC).  Liza has over 23 years local government experience spanning over three Councils.  She recently moved from the SEQ to Central Queensland, commencing with IRC in October 2015.

Liza has a Bachelor of Business and her work experiences cover governance, regional collaboration, customer service, change management, community services, human resources, financial management and business improvement.  Liza has led complex organisational projects and change such as local government reform in 2008, establishing Logan's first Customer Service Branch, establishing and then dis-establishing Allconnex Water and, in earlier days, being part of the management team that established Queensland's first internet service provider in the mid 1990's.

Liza is passionate about working for local government, the closest level to the community, and implementing systems that are not only sustainable but flexible for all the organisation to perform their role.  Liza is results and team focused, but can be relied upon to celebrate successes and have fun along the way.


Linda Cardew MLGMA

Director (NQ)

Chief Executive Officer
Cook Shire Council

Linda Cardew joined the Board of LGMA as the Director North Queensland in 2016. She has been appointed as CEO to Cook Shire Council and was previously the CEO of Douglas Shire Council from its de-amalgamation in early 2014.

Linda has held senior positions in local government in Queensland and NSW for almost 20 years and is highly motivated to support the development of contemporary and innovative councils, particularly in rural and remote areas. In 2016 Linda was awarded the Qld Regional Winner (Cairns) of the AIM Excellence in Leadership Awards.


Matthew Magin MLGMA

Director (SWQ)

Chief Executive Officer
Balonne Shire Council

CEO of Balonne Shire Council, Matthew has had a diverse career: working in the retail sector, managing large supermarkets and department stores; in the association environment as CEO of an economic development, member-based association; and in both state and federal governments. He also worked as a consultant to North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation.

He has a wide breadth of experience encompassing the commercial, political, public and private sectors which her has now brought to the local government context. He first joined local government of as the CEO of Burdekin Shire Council and is now in the process of transforming Balonne Shire Council.

Matthew’s leadership philosophy is to train and develop the people around him to create a professional, efficient and empowered workforce. As an LGMA  board member, Matthew is seeking to ensure that LGMA continues to facilitate that development, supporting councils and CEO’s across the state as they enhance the capabilities of their organisations.


 Susan Jarvis MLGMA

Director (At Large)

General Manager Finance
and Corporate
South Burnett Regional Council

Susan joined the Board of LGMA  in 2013 and held the role of President from 2017 – 2019.  Prior to commencing her local government career in 1996, Susan had 15 years working at an executive level in the private sector and 5 years as a Queensland Police Officer.

Employed at South Burnett Regional Council, Susan previously worked at Blackall-Tambo Regional Council; 7 years in the administration and finance department, 5 years as Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and Mayor, 5 years as Manager of Corporate Services.  Susan has a great deal of respect for both past and current LGMA  board members and their accomplishment in promoting this peak professional body to be the leader in excellence that it is. 


Debra Howe MLGMA

Director (At Large)

General Manager Customer and Regional Prosperity
Scenic Rim Regional Council

Debra was nominated to the Board of LGMA as a Director (At Large) in 2021.  Debra has worked in the private sector for more than 19 years and in her 24-year career in local government has worked across a range of disciplines such as arts and culture, economic, community and tourism development, planning and development, customer contact, health, building and plumbing, environment, major capital project delivery, investment attraction, event attraction and management, and placemaking and regional development.

As an experienced local government management professional who is also a highly skilled practitioner, Debra is fully committed to serving on the LGMA Board, with the support of her CEO and sees this as an opportunity to give back by utilising her knowledge and experience for the advancement of LGMA members and the local government sector.


To view Board Meeting Minutes  please contact:  

Peta Irvine
Chief Executive Officer  

P: [07] 3174 5006



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