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Heart of the Channel Country

FrancisDirector of Works and Services

Francis joined Barcoo Shire Council in July 2020 bringing local government experience from several countries including Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Botswana. In Australia where he has operated in a number of senior leadership roles at Goulburn Mulwaree Council in NSW and Victoria Daly Regional Council in the NT, Francis has demonstrated ability in managing the delivery of key infrastructure projects including roads, bridge structures, buildings, playgrounds and waste management facilities.

Francis is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland, a Chartered Engineer of United Kingdom and New Zealand and a Registered Business Case Practitioner. Francis has a Master of Science degree in Engineering and holds a PRINCE2 Certificate in Project Management, Certificate in Contract & Project Management and Certificate in Procurement Excellence Law.

In 2005, Francis was awarded Who’s Who in science and engineering for delivering an outstanding achievement in road infrastructure improvement in the United Kingdom. Francis and wife Matho (a Teacher) have three children including Kojo (a Physiotherapist) and Kwame (Auckland University final year student in Accounting) are both in New Zealand and Emang (IT Access Analyst and pursuing a career in Accounting) in England.


Director of Corporate ServicesKerry Whiting

Kerry joined Barcoo Shire Council in August 2020, bringing over 23 years of local government experience to Council. Prior to arriving in Barcoo, Kerry spent time at Mornington Shire Council, East Arnhem Regional Council and Palmerston City Council in the Northern Territory. Kerry also had 7 years in the Northern Territory Government, at Darwin Port Corporation.

Kerry has qualifications in Business, Accounting, Human Resource Management and Leadership and is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a member of Australian HR Institute (AHRI) and Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA).

Kerry is passionate about ensuring Local Government councils are financially sustainable, able to manage their risks appropriately and an employer of choice.

Kerry is married to Rae (30 years), and they have three children in Bianca (27, she works in Albury, NSW), Mitchell (25, he works in Darwin, NT) & Makaela (20, and she also works in Darwin, NT).