Donna Neilson

Training Consultant

Donna Neilson

About Donna

Donna Neilson brings over two 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.

Core Capability

  • 24 years’ experience in local government
  • Experienced trainer/facilitator and assessor
  • Excellent working knowledge of legislation
  • A thorough understanding of the needs of Queensland councils
  • Governance


  • Diploma of Local Government, Governance and Administration
  • Certificate IV TAE40110
  • Solicitor

Key Experience

24 years’ experience in the Local Government sector

Extensive strategic planning experience

Gained through involvement in numerous Corporate Plans, Operational Plans and Planning Schemes

19 years as a councillor

In a regional council, including 10 years as chairman of Planning and Development

Former member LGAQ Policy Executive

As well as, Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils Inc (WBBROC)

Council Represent

Represented Cooloola Shire council on Regional Planning Advisory Committee (RPAC)

Community Engagement

Extensive community engagement experience as Deputy Chair, Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett (RDAWBB)
As well as, Acting Chair Wide Bay Burnett Area Consultative Committee (WBBACC) from 1994-2014

Understanding of issues for Councils throughout Queeensland

Experienced trainer and facilitator