Mayor Jenny Hill acknowledges major reforms enacted by departing CEO Adele Young

Date published: 29 November 2018

It is with sadness that I announce Ms Adele Young has resigned from the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from Townsville City Council (TCC).

Since 2016, Ms Young as CEO has lead the Transformation of TCC and assisted the Council in its development and growth.

Ms Young said: “My priorities were to implement the Transformation tasks the Mayor and Councillors set me following the Council amalgamation of some 8 years before. With nearly 2-and-a-half years of the Transformation program now complete, I am confident it is the natural time for others to complete the cycle as the organisation returns to business as usual.

“The Council today is a simpler, faster, better organisation and I have achieved together with my team:

  • The basis of financial sustainability with savings of more than $90 million in operational expenses with no forced redundancies.
  • Signing of Australia’s first City Deal and securing water security.
  • Strengthened economic activity levels including the implementation of the Townsville 2020 strategy and projects.

“The legacy I am most proud of is the Transformation of the workforce at TCC. Where today there is a record investment in health, safety and training – and ensuring the balance has been returned to front-line service staff. More than 100 young people are in apprenticeships and traineeships today, which was in single figures when I commenced.”

Ms Young leaves TCC and the City of Townsville in a very strong position for future growth and we sincerely thank her for her contribution and leadership during her tenure as CEO.

Please join me in thanking Adele for her tenure as CEO and wish her a successful future.

Mayor Jenny Hill