Victor Harbor is on the verge of an exciting era with the appointment of its new CEO.
The CEO of any organisation drives the ship and the emergence of Victoria MacKirdy as the new boss has been welcomed in many sectors.
Mrs MacKirdy is the first female CEO at the City of Victor Harbor and will build on the legacy of outgoing CEO Graeme Maxwell. There are only eight female CEO’s at local government level and the appointment of Victor Harbor’s first one looks a masterstroke.
Mrs MacKirdy ticks so many boxes. She lives in the area, her children go to school here and the family has a massive connection in sport.
She has a passion for this region and built fantastic relationships in her role at Alexandrina Council during the past five years. The incoming CEO also has been an acting CEO at Alexandrina Council and managed the position with professional and personable aplomb.
It is not just this experience which has gained her this position. Her resume is impressive, as it should be to take this highly rated role.
Her experience includes being a board director at a State and National level for Local Government Professionals Australia, Local Government Professionals South Australia, Country Arts South Australia and Regional Development Australia – Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.
She is also currently completing a Transformational Leadership Program through Adelaide University and Austin Texas University, which includes travelling to Austin Texas to finish the course.
It is this aspiration to get better at what she does, which will reap huge benefits for the community of Victor Harbor. Graeme Maxwell has ruled the region over three decades and even though he has left council in sound position, it is time for change.
Even the great AFL coach Kevin Sheedy had an expiry date when he coached Essendon and now is the time for the community, elected members and council staff to unite behind the new CEO to make Victor Harbor the shining light it should be.
“The community like to have ownership and a connection with its local government and have pride in it and I am looking forward to being part of this,” Mrs MacKirdy said.
Let’s all work together to make this happen.