18 Aug, 2021

Council appoints Clare Mockler as new CEO

In a unanimous decision of Council, City of Adelaide Deputy Chief Executive Officer (and current Acting CEO) Clare Mockler has been chosen to lead the organisation as its next Chief Executive Officer.

Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor said while the role attracted a large field of quality applicants from across the nation, Clare was the standout candidate.

“The selection panel was unanimous, as was the Council in endorsing the recommendation. There is no doubt that Clare Mockler is the right person to lead the City of Adelaide as we recover from the pandemic and deliver on our strategic vision for the city and North Adelaide,” said the Lord Mayor.

“I know Clare will ensure we continue to deliver high-quality services for our community and keep making financially responsible decisions to ensure we remain Australia’s most liveable city.

“Clare brings vision, passion and proven expertise in driving new initiatives that will benefit the city and North Adelaide. She has demonstrated strong financial acumen and strategic thinking, with our budget forecast back into the black and is spearheading important changes to the organisation.

“Clare is someone who genuinely cares for people and is strategic and innovative in her approach. I know Clare is greatly respected by our own people, who I’m certain will welcome this appointment and is also highly regarded by the city’s leaders and stakeholders.

“I’m also proud that the organisation continues to support women in leadership roles and this is only the second time that women will lead both the Council and its administration.”

Originally from the UK and with a legal background, Clare joined the City of Adelaide in 2002. She holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and Management from the world-renowned Carnegie University, and has led business transformation and policy reform across the organisation, through multiple senior roles.

Clare said being appointed as the City of Adelaide’s Chief Executive Officer is a great honour.

“Right now capital cities across Australia are facing incredible challenges. I am committed to providing strong and decisive leadership for the City and North Adelaide, to boost recovery and enhance our global reputation as a great place to live, work, study, visit and invest,” said Ms Mockler.

“Our people are our best asset. It is an immense privilege to lead such a diverse, hard-working and customer focused team, who support each other and continuously innovate to improve our services.

“Key priorities include delivering on the community outcomes outlined in the City of Adelaide’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, reigniting our city with activations, and realising our commitment to be the lowest cost capital city with the least red tape.

“Our shared vision is to be the world’s most liveable city. The opportunities for the city are significant and I look forward to working with local, national and international leaders to bring our vision to life.” Ms Mockler formally commences in the role of Chief Executive Officer on 1 September 2021.


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Matthew Halliwell