Donna Neilson brings three decades of working in Local Government to Peak. With a background in law and many years as a councillor, she has an in depth knowledge of the legislation and workings of councils. As a former executive of numerous Boards, Donna has a wealth of experience in governance and uses a down to earth approach to help students understand their responsibilities.
- 30 years’ experience in Local Government
- Experienced trainer/facilitator and assessor
- Excellent working knowledge of relevant legislation
- A thorough understanding of the needs of Queensland councils
- Sound knowledge of governance and procedures within Councils and organisations.
- Diploma of Local Government, Governance and Administration
- Certificate IV TAE40116
30 years’ experience in the Local Government sector
Extensive strategic planning experience
Gained through involvement in numerous Corporate Plans, Community Plans, Operational Plans and Planning Schemes and active member of Regional Planning Advisory Committee (RPAC).
19 years as a councillor
For a regional council, including 10 years as chair of Planning and Development Committee and 4 years as chair of Governance and Finance Committee.
Former member LGAQ Policy Executive
Former LGAQ representative on:
Queensland Heritage Council
Coastal Protection Advisory Council
Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils (WBBROC).
Chair of Learning and Development Strategies Group.
Represented Cooloola Shire council on Regional Planning Advisory Committee (RPAC)
Extensive community engagement and governance experience as
Former Deputy Chair Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett (RDAWBB) and
Deputy Chair Wide Bay Burnett Area Consultative Committee (WBBACC) 1994-2014