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Kerry Whitehead 2014

Kerry Whitehead, Fairfield City Council

Kerry is the Operations Manager of Fairfield City Council’s Construction and Maintenance Division. Kerry is responsible for works and service delivery functions where she manages employees in roads, civil, drainage, open space, building trades, mechanical workshop and resource recovery teams.

Kerry has introduced new operating processes and reinforced strong cultural values into a predominately male workplace of 140 people. Kerry’s efforts have resulted in dramatic increases in productivity rates for all major categories of work, as well as a reduction in absenteeism and workplace injuries. The Resource Recovery Team has achieved 1050 days without the occurrence of a ‘Lost Time’ injury. This achievement compares not only at the local government level but also with national benchmarks.

Kerry is an ‘always accessible’ manager who has substantially improved staff moral within the workplace. By continually promoting self-development of all her staff, Kerry has mentored, coached and developed a new, evolving and highly actualised management team primarily comprised of existing staff.

During the past two years, Kerry has achieved another first by increasing the diversity of the unit through the recruitment of 8 female members into the Construction and Maintenance teams.

In 2012, through her involvement and management of Fairfield City Council’s Resource Recovery Unit, Kerry was elected as the NSW delegate for the Waste Management Association of Australia.

Kerry was nominated by Mr Michael Raby, Group Manager Infrastructure of Fairfield City Council.

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