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Friday, March 20, 2009

Toowoomba Regional Council places faith in cashed-up CEO ...

Council places faith in cashed-up CEO

20 March 2009

Toowoomba Regional council’s new boss left his last CEO position with a reported $500,000 redundancy payout.

Ken Gouldthorp’s appointment was announced yesterday, one year after he departed Mackay City Council with a controversial golden handshake.

The city’s newspaper, The Daily Mercury, called him
"Cashed-up Ken" when he walked away with two years’ salary after deciding not to apply for CEO of the amalgamated council.

The 46-year-old starts pocketing his estimated $300,000 a year Toowoomba pay packet in late April.

He will arrive five months after former CEO Philip Spencer resigned in November with a rumoured $500,000 payout.

Mr Gouldthorp didn’t return The Chronicle’s call yesterday.
Mayor Peter Taylor refused to comment on the redundancy clause in the CEO package.

"There is nothing extreme in the five-year contract," he said.

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See - The Chronicle - Council places faith in cashed-up CEO.

5 Comments:

Anonymous SonWorter said...

Ken is on a mission and Toowoomba's water assets are his target. Kiss your dams bye bye Toowoomba and get ready for the Kenny and Kevvy show.

Your Councillors should know better.

SUNWATER
General Manager Water Service
Ken Gouldthorp
B. Bus, M. Com, FAICD, CPA

As General Manager Water Services, Ken Gouldthorp is responsible for delivery of commercially competitive infrastructure management services for SunWater, it’s subsidiaries, and facility management contracts for other owners of major water infrastructure.

Ken also oversees all aspects of service delivery from strategic asset management and risk, asset operations and maintenance, environmental, asset and water licence compliance, to customer service, billing and collections.

Ken has more than 20 years of executive management experience which has been drawn from a diverse range of positions within the local government, business, finance and defence force sectors.

During Ken’s distinguished career he has developed a strong track record for efficiency and growth, in particular through his chief executive office roles.

With his many years spent within central and north Queensland organisations, Ken is fully cognisant of the unique challenges SunWater faces in its regional locations and is well-placed to ensure our organisation can deliver on customer commitments while continuing to increase our overall value and effectiveness.

Ken’s combination of operational experience and strategic business and commercial acumen provides another level of expertise to SunWater’s executive management team which is charged with meeting the challenges presented to our organisation.

2:04 PM, March 21, 2009

 
Blogger Concerned Ratepayer said...

And then privatisation of all water and sewage assets if Anna Bligh wins today.

2:09 PM, March 21, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Put in more tanks and look after yourself!!

10:02 PM, March 21, 2009

 
Anonymous very cautious said...

He has a very determined face and everyone at Toowomba Regional Council,plus the community had better beware. At least someone will know how to run the place.
Were the Council told to appoint him by the Govt? Things are going to get a lot worse now that the Govt has been returned. If anyone sticks their head up it will be knocked off. Oh, for the good old days.

4:26 PM, March 22, 2009

 
Anonymous newswatch said...

Daily Mercury:

New job has Ken in same position

23 March 2009

FORMER Mackay City Council chief executive officer Ken Gouldthorp, who walked away with a two-year salary payout, has been appointed to the same 'top' position in Toowoomba.

Mr Gouldthorp's appointment as Toowoomba Regional Council's new chief executive officer was announced yesterday, one year after he departed Mackay City Council with a controversial golden handshake of around $500,000.

'Cashed-up Ken' (DM 08/03/08) left Mackay Regional Council after deciding not to apply for the chief executive officer's position post-amalgamation.

The 46-year-old starts pocketing his estimated $300,000 a year Toowoomba pay packet in late April.

Toowoomba Mayor Peter Taylor refused to comment on the redundancy clause in Mr Gouldthorp's package.

“There is nothing extreme in the five-year contract,” he said.

Mr Gouldthorp's appointment as the general manager (water services) at SunWater two months after leaving Mackay sparked outrage because it was revealed the community would once again be propping up his salary, as council receives a water allotment each year from SunWater - paid for by ratepayers.

Mr Gouldthorp did not return calls yesterday.

He was chosen out of a field of 64 applicants for the position at Toowoomba.

1:04 PM, March 23, 2009

 

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