Our leadership team

Our General Manager

The General Manager is responsible for the overall performance of the Council as well as Executive Services to the Mayor and Councillors, Organisational Development, and Media and Communications.

Peter Gainsford

Peter Gainsford

Peter Gainsford is the General Manager of the City of Canada Bay.

Peter's primary focus for the City of Canada Bay is to ensure long term financial sustainability, excellence in customer service, and the delivery of quality services for the community. 

He has had a long term commitment to the success of local government after commencing his career at Leichhardt Council in 1983.

Peter holds an MBA and a Degree in Civil Engineering and has brought a broad range of skills to the City of Canada Bay.


Our Directors

Corporate Services

Corporate Services is responsible for finance, the collection of rates, governance and support services, insurance and risk management, maintenance of records, information systems and support. Corporate Services also provides support to other departments of Council to enable them to fulfil their responsibilities to the community.


Bob has over 23 years experience in local government management with tertiary qualifications in business, management, and human resources. Bob has a strong background in governance and risk, audit, procurement, finance, information management, customer services and change management.

City Services and Assets

City Services and Assets is responsible for the servicing and maintenance of roads, open space, parks and gardens, nature strips and natural bushland, management of property and buildings, venues and civil assets, major projects, environmental engineering, children’s services, libraries, and recreational facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and Five Dock Leisure Centre. It also provides the public with services to private property.


Kelly has over 18 years experience in both local government and the private sector, having worked in civil engineering and operations, project management, contract and commercial management, both locally and overseas. She has a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters Degree in Technology Management.

Community and Environmental Planning

Community and Environmental Planning is responsible for all statutory planning matters such as the assessment of development applications and subdivisions, strategic planning, maintaining and upgrading the City’s planning framework, community and corporate strategic planning, place making and events, environmental health, sustainability, building services, approval of construction certificates, building inspections, health, waste and law enforcement.


Scott has over 25 years experience in urban planning and design in both government and private practice. Before joining Council, Scott was an Executive Director at the NSW Department of Planning & Environment. He has degrees in Architecture and Town Planning.