Councillor Chris Meddows-Taylor (Mayor)

Councillor Chris Meddows-Taylor (Mayor)

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First elected as a Councillor to the Central Goldfields Shire Council in 2005, Cr Meddows-Taylor, returned to serve his fourth term and fifth Mayoral term in 2020, the last being in 2011.

As chair of the Goldfields Regional Tourism Board, he remains actively involved in community leadership which included the successful Central Victorian Goldfields World Heritage Listing bid project, supported by partnerships across 13 municipalities. He also has held various other regional leadership roles.

His previous career in the Victorian public sector in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Education Department,  and work in large corporate sectors, including BHP Billiton and AXA, has equipped this highly experienced change leader with a diverse skillset with key interests in strategy, leadership, culture, machinery of government, regional development, advocacy and Goldfields heritage.

Community leadership roles within the Shire have included President of ASTERIA and Vice President of Havilah and a number of Talbot organisations including the establishment of the Talbot Farmers Market.

Cr Meddows-Taylor holds a Mayor Emeritus award from the Municipal Association of Victoria. His post graduate studies are in public policy and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Federation University.