South East Queensland Mayors have appointed Peter Olah as the new Executive Director of the Council of Mayors (SEQ).
Mr Olah brings to the organisation extensive leadership, policy and advocacy experience in government and community organisations as well as experience as an elected member and Mayor in NSW local government.
Council of Mayors (SEQ) Chairman Graham Quirk said Mr Olah’s skill set and previous experience made him the right choice for the job.
“Peter has an extensive background in local and state government, both as an elected representative and in executive roles,” said Cr Quirk.
“The SEQ Mayors believe that this will provide Peter with great insight into a key community organisation such as the Council of Mayors (SEQ).
“Peter’s business skills and experience will provide the know how and drive to ensure that SEQ Councils continue to work together and achieve results for the one in seven Australians that live in SEQ.”
Mr Olah will move to Brisbane from Sydney for the role and said he was looking forward to starting with the Council of Mayors (SEQ) on 18 March.
“I’ve been privileged to do a lot of work in SEQ over many years, and this opportunity to work full time for the benefit of this vital region and its people was simply too good to resist,” said Mr Olah.
“The Council of Mayors has achieved some remarkable results for its communities and I look forward to further strengthening that voice.”
As Executive Director of the Rural Fire Service Association NSW, Mr Olah led the policy, media and political campaigns of the RFSA in response to the then Government’s creation of 13 super agencies, removing the independence of the Rural Fire Service. His direct negotiations resulted in the RFS being confirmed by the NSW Premier as a separate and independent public sector organisation.
Mr Olah also held the position of National Affairs Manager at the Hotel Motel and Accommodation Association, Chief Executive Officer of Scouts Australia (NSW) and Vice President of the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils.
Mr Olah was most recently Managing Director of his own consultancy business which operated in a broad range of fields including tourism and hospitality, workforce development, strategy and business planning, government and media relations, public transport and local government.
In 1995, Mr Olah was elected as Mayor of Hurstville following a long stint in local government as an elected member. As Mayor, he restructured and realigned organisational practices and procedures, achieving a ‘top 5’ ranking (out of 177 Councils state wide) across all KPIs for local government as set by the NSW Government.