Organisation Structure and Staff


Organisation Structure and Staff

Our organisation consists of two main divisions, Community and Environment, operating under the guidance of the General Manager, Rik Hart. Click the detailed organisational plan under 'documents' to view structure.

Rik Hart joined Warringah Council as General Manager in March 2007. He came to Warringah from New Zealand having been the Chief Executive of Hutt City Council for six years. Mr Hart has previously worked as the CEO of the Department of State Development in Victoria and has extensive experience in public and private sectors.


The Community Division is responsible for managing a range of community assets as well as the functions that support Council to deliver high quality services to the community. Main sections include: Warringah Aquatic Centre, Glen Street Theatre, Community Services, Customer Support and Buildings, Property and Spatial Information. The Information and Technology, Procurement, Marketing and Communications, Business Excellence and Business Continuity and Enterprise Risk Groups provide services and support to the whole of Council.

John Warburton is the Deputy General Manager, Community. He has had a varied public service career spanning almost three decades in federal, state and local government with the unifying themes of organisational improvement and institutional strengthening. After ten years at the Independent Commission Against Corruption he was appointed to the role of Internal Ombudsman at Warringah Council in 2003. He has instigated and championed initiatives to improve systems, transparency and accountability.  John has a PhD in  in political science and has published numerous papers on governance and corruption prevention.


The Environment Division is responsible for our urban, bush and beach environments. Groups include; Roads, Traffic and Waste, Parks, Reserves and Foreshores, Children’s Services, Warringah Projects, Natural Environment, Development and Compliance Services, Strategic Planning (including Economic Development and Corporate and Sustainability Planning), Governance and Business Development and Review.

Malcolm Ryan is the Deputy General Manager, Environment. He joined Warringah Council in 2006 after working at Blue Mountains City Council, Byron Shire Council and Hawkesbury City Council in various roles. He has a Bachelor of Town Planning, an Associate Diploma in Applied Science and over 25 years experience working in NSW Local Government. He is a Fellow of the Spatial Sciences Institute and a member of the Planning Institute of Australia.