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Council manager recognised for leadership in public sector

EBA negotiators

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Executive Manager Organisational Capability Sarah Noel was recently named as one of this year’s Top 50 Public Sector Women in Victoria.

The Top 50 Public Sector Women (Victoria) list was established this year to recognise exceptional female leaders building high performing teams and transforming the communities across government and statutory authorities in the Victorian Public Sector.

Ms Noel, who has been with Mount Alexander Shire Council since 2015, was among 50 women celebrated at an awards ceremony in Melbourne last month.

“We are thrilled Sarah has been recognised as an inspirational leader within the Victorian Public Sector,” said Jason Taylor, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Sarah has recently led a significant restructure at Council and has been a strong driver of cultural change efforts to build an innovative and values driven organisation.

“One of Sarah’s significant achievements includes the negotiation of a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) with a strong focus on gender equity and retaining high performance staff.

“The new EBA has a number of features to support staff and reduce barriers in the work force including unlimited family violence leave and purchased leave for part time staff.

“As part of the negotiations led by Sarah, Council is the first in Victoria to introduce soft-compulsion super into our EBA, to enable employees to save more for retirement and significantly benefit women.”

In her role at Council, Sarah has responsibility for Human resources, Payroll, Risk and Safety, Governance and Service Reviews.

“It was humbling to receive a reward in recognition of the work that many people have contributed to, including a number of staff involved in the EBA negotiations,” said Ms Noel.

“We have worked really hard at Council to build our leadership team and create an environment for all of our staff to participate, grow and develop.

“It’s also great to be part of a deep network of many amazing women in the public sector. Programs like this provide a platform for us to build connections between local and state government, and the statutory authorities we work with, to work together to tackle the common challenges we face in areas like gender equity,” she said,

The full list of female leaders in this year’s Top 50 Public Sector Women Victoria is available at http://www.davidsonwp.com/resources/top-50-public-sector-women-victoria/.

Image: Mount Alexander Shire was the first Council in Victoria to incorporate soft super into its new EBA. Sarah Noel with Vision Super General Manager Strategy and Growth Sean Ellis, Acting CEO Jason Taylor and Council's union representative Greg McKay.

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