Dean Unsworth

Dean commenced as Chief Executive Officer in September 2019 in a joint agreement with the Shire of Murray, where he undertakes a dual CEO role as part of an innovative resource sharing agreement between the two Councils.

Dean is responsible for Governance, Strategic Planning, Funding Opportunities and Partnerships, Economic Development, and Marketing and Communications.

Dean Unsworth has been the CEO of the Shire of Murray since August 2007, previously holding the roles of CEO Gnowangerup (2002-2005), Deputy CEO Bridgetown-Greenbushes (2002-2005)and Senior Finance Officer with the City of Bunbury (2000-2002).

A Certified Practicing Accountant and member of CPA Australia, Dean also has a Double Major in Accounting and Marketing with Edith Cowan University. Dean had spent over a decade in the media industry including managerial roles, in his home state of Tasmania, New South Wales and Western Australia. With experience in tourism marketing including managerial roles with the Busselton and Dunsborough Tourism Associations, Dean has a focus on positive economic, social and environmental development.

Dean is passionate about the Peel Region and is committed to working with the Waroona community, maintaining an enviable lifestyle for its residents whilst attracting investment and visitor revenue for the local economy.


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.   


Leonard Long 

Leonard is responsible for Economic Development, Planning Services, Building Services, Environmental Health Services, Recreation Services, Building Maintenance and Project Management. Appointed as the Executive Manager Planning & Building Services in June 2018 following two years as the Manager Development Services. Leonard is a qualified Town & Regional Planner, having received his qualification through the University of Johannesburg (South Africa). Since immigrating to Australia in August 2008, Leonard has held senior positions in regional local governments and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. Leonard has overseen a number of significant projects which includes the redevelopment of the South Hedland Central Business District, Pilbara’s Port City Growth Plan as well as a number of major development assessments. Leonard is committed to working with the community to see the Shire reach its development potential while protecting the unique character of the Shire of Waroona.