Senior staff

Senior staff

Laurie O'ConnorLaurie O’Connor

Acting Director City Assets and Infrastructure

Phone: 9330 6228


With nearly 30 years’ experience in Local Government, Laurie O’Connor is currently the Acting Director of Assets and Infrastructure. Laurie holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Technology and has completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Local Government Engineering.

Laurie commenced his engineering career in 1986 with Botany Bay City Council where he was employed as a Junior Engineer. After nine years of service and attaining the role of Executive Engineer Laurie took the position of Managing Engineer Administration at Hurstville City Council in 1995. Laurie has remained at Hurstville since that time and held several senior management roles before progressing to his current position of Director of Assets and Infrastructure in the newly formed Georges River Council. 

Carole ToddCarole Todd

Chief Operating Officer

Phone: 9330 6472


Carole Todd joins us as Chief Operating Officer having completed three years at Liverpool City Council as Director, Business Improvement and a variety of senior executive roles. Before moving to Australia in 2012, Carole worked at Auckland Council in New Zealand and prior to that at a combination of small, medium and large local authorities in the UK and also spent four years consulting at Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Carole lives locally in Sans Souci, is an avid Manchester United fan and has a keen interest in fashion design and enjoys travelling.

Meryl BishopMeryl Bishop

Director Environment and Planning

Phone: 9330 9496


Meryl has over 25 years of experience working in local government, with extensive experience in statutory and land use planning, and in policy and program development covering economic planning, place management, affordable housing, social and recreation/open-space planning.  She has worked at Marrickville and Waverley Councils and worked in leadership roles at the City of Botany Bay and City of Ryde for close to 15 years. Most recently Meryl has led the Strategic City Department and the City Strategy and Planning Directorate, which in addition to the aforementioned areas of expertise, saw her oversee Health and Building regulation, Environmental Sustainability activities, and Development Assessment. Meryl brings an exciting mix of skills and experience ranging from project management, community consultation and  policy development and implementation to management and executive leadership.

 Marissa RecomelaraMarissa Racomelara

Director Transformation and Change

Phone:  9330 9314


Marissa has worked in local government for 18 years, beginning at Leichhardt Municipal Council and then moving to Sutherland Shire Council before joining us here. At Sutherland, she held roles in the Program Office as well as in Organisational Development, overseeing large scale projects including a restructure and service delivery reviews, and held the role of Manager of Strategy and Performance.

The Transformation and Change team plays a critical role in helping to plan for and shape the strategic goals and future direction of Georges River Council, in line with Department of Premier and Cabinet reporting requirements and the needs of the Executive. Marissa will focus on organisational and change development and projects in line with organisational, community, and state government priorities.

David Tuxford

David Tuxford

Director Culture and Community

Phone: 9330 6186


David Tuxford has worked in local government across two states for more than 30 years. David’s experience spans many areas of local government, including community services, libraries, child care, events management, policy formation and service delivery.

Most recently, David was General Manager at Kyogle Council, where he was instrumental in leading the organisation through the local government reform process. He has also introduced a new organisational structure as part of his agenda for organisational reform and changing the culture of the Council.

David is passionate about local government and about seeing the industry prosper. He has previously served on the board of Local Government Professionals NSW (previously known as Local Government Managers Australia (NSW) for more than nine years.