Executive Team


Dean Unsworth

Dean Unsworth is a Certified Practicing Accountant and member of CPA Australia. After over a decade in the media industry in management and journalism roles, he entered tourism with the Busselton and Dunsborough Tourism Association.  Entering Local Government in 2000, he spent time at the City of Bunbury, the Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes as Deputy CEO, and as Chief Executive of the Shire of Gnowangerup prior to become Chief Executive of the Shire of Murray in 2007. Since September 2019, Mr Unsworth has also headed up the Shire of Waroona in a dual CEO role with both local governments.

Mr Unsworth has a strong focus on positive and balanced economic, social and environmental development.


Ashleigh Nuttall

Ashleigh is responsible for Finance, Annual Budgets & Rates, Long Term Financial Plans, Customer Service, Information Technology, Records Management, and Ranger Services.

Ashleigh is passionate about Local Government as a productive and rewarding career opportunity for those with a passion for working in and developing a local community.


Patrick Steinbacher

Patrick heads up the Infrastructure Services Directorate which is responsible for the management of public works infrastructure such as roads, public parking and parks and gardens.  Other tasks that fall under this directorate are waste management and works fleet management.  Patrick joined the Shire in 2011 as a consultant and was appointed to his current role as Director in July 2014.  With a background in earthmoving and construction and a Diploma of Civil Engineering, Patrick now has a twenty year career working in virtually every role in the works and services field for several local governments throughout Western Australia as an employee and during a six year stint as a self-employed consultant to the LG industry.  With his team, Patrick is committed to achieving improved, innovative and sustainable outcomes both now and into the future.   


Liz Storr

Mrs Liz Storr was appointed as Director Place, Community and Economic Development.  


Rod Peake

Rod is responsible for Planning Services, Building Services, Environmental Health and Environmental Services at the Shire of Murray and Waroona. Appointed to the position of Director of Planning and Development Services in January 2008, Rod has extensive experience in urban planning and development assessment, Rod has previously held various positions with outer metro growth local governments, including the Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo. During his career, Rod has been responsible for a range of significant projects including structure plans for major urban and industrial growth areas, town centre planning and revitalisation projects, a range of planning and environmental strategies and significant infrastructure schemes. Rod is qualified with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from Curtin University, and a Graduate Diploma in Business (Management) from Edith Cowan University, and is a corporate member of the Planning Institute of Australia.