City Welcomes New Executive
Date Published: 3/09/2012
This week the City of Rockingham welcomed a new member to the Executive Management Team (EMT).
John Woodhouse is set to commence the role of Director, Legal Services and General Counsel for the City and will be providing legal advice and representation to the City, ensuring processes and documentation are legally compliant, achieving best practice in governance and administrative practice while minimising potential legal risks.
One of WA’s preeminent Local Government lawyers, John brings a wealth of Local Government legal experience to the City and has acted for and advised more than 70 different Local Governments for 35 years.
Prior to the establishment of Woodhouse Legal and its predecessor, Watts & Woodhouse, John was the head of Minter Ellison’s local government, planning and environment practice in Western Australia and the national head of the Minter Ellison Legal Group’s planning and environment practice.
John has been used as a consultant on Local Government and planning matters by the Minister for Local Government, the Ministry of Planning, the Minister for Planning, the Office of Premier and Cabinet and the Western Australian Local Government Association.
City of Rockingham CEO, Andrew Hammond welcomed the new EMT member and said the City and its Officers will benefit from the new appointment: “Given the complexity of the statutory requirements of Local Government, legal compliance is a high priority.
“The recruitment of a lawyer of John’s experience and reputation in the Local Government industry, as the new Director, is a coup for the City.
“The appointment of a Director, Legal Services will reduce spending on legal matters with several different law firms and centralise the City’s legal counsel.
“The new Director, Mr John Woodhouse will be an important point of contact for our 500 plus staff; providing training on relevant legal topics such as industrial relations and contracts.
“Mr Woodhouse will also provide an invaluable review of the City’s systems and documentation in regards to compliance.”
“I would like to welcome Mr Woodhouse to the organisation and look forward to working with him on legal matters affecting the City.
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